Lorna Maloney, a partner at Maloney, Allen, Lobos & Lee, PLLC, is the keynote speaker of the Martin Luther Day Convocation in the Pearce Auditorium on Brenau’s historic campus Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 12:45 p.m.
The theme for this year’s Winter Convocation at Brenau is “Dream with a Vision, Live with a Purpose,” said Valerie Simmons-Walston, Dean of Student Success and Retention at Brenau. “We chose Maloney to speak on a day remembering Dr. King because she lives with vision and purpose. I see a parellel between them in that.”
Mainly representing small business’, Maloney’s work helps business owners determine the legal structure, contract negotiations and litigation matters of their business. As a former small business owner, she is passionate about helping small businesses grow larger. Her clients have described her as “being very knowledgeable” and “a true humanitarian.”
“Lorna’s mission in life has always been to help people,” Simmons-Walston said. “She is a great role model for our students.”
Her career as an attorney has extended to the classroom and the non-profit sector as she is the co-founder of the Begin Again Resource Center in Baltimore, Md., a non-profit with a mission of helping people who are in destitute situations. Maloney said help is offered through mentorship and proving reduced legal fees to those who are less fortunate.
Pro bono work is also high on Maloney’s priority list. Organizations like The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Bread for the City in Washington D.C. have benefited from her services.
Maloney places a large emphasis on education having taught as as adjunct facility in higher education for the last seven years throughout the Baltimore area, saying that “it is the key that opens many doors.”
Through educational institutions like Brenau, Maloney said students are learning the skills necessary to make a difference in the world.
The fact that she is very goal oriented, and meets those goals, is what Simmons-Walston said made Maloney an attractive option for the invocation. “Lorna decides upon a vision, is strategic in implementing her plan and meets her goals. Hopefully some of those life strategies will be shared with the students.” she said.