Civil legal assistance is about making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and families. These videos feature clients, lawyers, justices and judges, and program officials on the importance of civil legal aid in finding solutions and strengthening communities.
LSC Board of Directors Meetings
The Importance of Access to Justice to American Businesses
Panel: Pro Bono Partnerships
LSC 40th Anniversary Conference Opening Remarks
Washington, DC - September 14, 2014. Legal Services Corporation 40th Anniversary Conference's welcome remarks delivered by LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi and LSC President James J. Sandman.
Vice President Joe Biden Remarks at Luncheon
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. Luncheon remarks by Vice President Joseph Biden, introduction by the Honorable Abner Mikva, Former White House Counsel.
Remarks by Hillary Clinton
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. Remarks by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, LSC Board Chair (1978-1980), with an introduction by Harold Koh, former Legal Advisor to the U.S.Department of State.
Remarks by United States Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. With an introduction by LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., delivers remarks to LSC's 40th Anniversary Conference attendees.
Remarks by United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan
Washington, DC - September 14, 2014. Remarks by United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, with an introduction by Martha Minow, LSC Board Vice Chair and Dean of Harvard Law School.
Panel: Creation of LSC
Washington, DC - September 14, 2014. This discussion sets the backdrop for the conference. LSC was created with bipartisan support that reflected a national, nonpartisan commitment to access to justice and the rule of law. Moderated by Alexander D. Forger, former Partner and Chairman, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, the panelists include: Thomas Ehrlich, first President of LSC, Visiting Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education; Mickey Kantor, former United States Secretary of Commerce, former LSC staff member, and Partner, Mayer Brown; Justice Earl Johnson (ret.), 2nd Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Legal Services Program and historian, Visiting Scholar the USC Gould School of Law; Terry Lenzner, former Director of the Legal Services Program of the Office of Economic Opportunity; Judge David Tatel, former General Counsel of LSC, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Panel Rethinking Legal Aid
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. Introductory Remarks: Robert J. Grey, Jr., LSC Board of Directors, and Partner, Hunton & Williams. Panelists: Lisa Colpoys, Executive Director, Illinois Legal Aid Online; Professor Scott Cummings, UCLA Law School; Professor Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School; Professor Ronald Staudt, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Professor David Wilkins, Harvard Law School; Moderator: Robert J. Grey, Jr., LSC Board of Directors, and Partner, Hunton & Williams
State Supreme Court Chief Justices and Judges Panel
Current Congressional Climate Panel
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. Panelist: Stacy Cline Amin, Minority Counsel to the Senate Committee on
Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Thomas Culligan, Legislative Director, Representative Frank Wolf; Shannon Hutcherson Hines, Minority Clerk, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice & Science for Vice Chairman Richard C. Shelby; Norberto Salinas, Minority Counsel to the House Committee on the Judiciary; Carol Bergman (Moderator), Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, LSC.
Remarks by William Hubbard, President American Bar Association
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. Remarks by William Hubbard, ABA President, with an introduction by Robert J. Grey, Jr., LSC Board of Directors.
Remarks by Senator Ben Cardin and White House Counsels, Neil Eggleston, Harriett Miers, and Bob Bauer
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014
Panel Stimulating Innovation to Increase Access to Justice
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. The future belongs to the innovators—in legal aid, in law generally, in business, and in the non-profit sector. In a resource-constrained environment, survival and success depend on recognizing and seizing opportunities, adapting to change, and anticipating new developments. Moderated by David Stern, CEO, Equal Justice Works, this panel presentation will identify the keys to successful innovation. Panelists include: Martha Bergmark, Executive Director, Voices for Civil Justice; Alex R. Gulotta, Executive Director, Bay Area Legal Aid (CA); Bonnie Rose Hough, Managing Attorney, The Judicial Council; Ed Marks, Executive Director, New Mexico Legal Aid; and Alison Paul, Executive Director, Montana Legal Services Association.
Panel Importance of Access to Justice to American Businesses
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. Although business leaders may not seem obvious experts in civil legal services for low-income individuals, CEOs of leading companies know the importance to our economy of access to justice and the rule of law. Moderated by LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, panelist include: Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; Kenneth Frazier, CEO, Merck; David Rubenstein, CEO, Carlyle Group; and Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott International.
Law Schools and Acces to Justice
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. Moderated by Peter Keisler (Moderator), former Acting U.S. Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, and Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, panelists include: Dean Ken Gormley, Dean and Professor, Duquesne Law; Dean David Levi, Duke Law; Dean Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Dean Blake D. Morant, The George Washington University Law School and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law, and President-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools; Dean Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Dean Margaret Raymond, University of Wisconsin Law School; Dean Michael H. Schill, Dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School; Dean Deanell R. Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law; and Dean William Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean, Georgetown Law Center.
Non-Profit Leadership in Challenging Times
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. Legal aid programs today are not-for-profit businesses, often of significant size. This panel discussion will focus on the characteristics that define effective non-profit leadership in challenging times. Moderated by Father Pius Pietrzyk, O.P., LSC Board of Directors, the panelists include: Lindsey Buss, Senior Officer, Community Outreach, The World Bank; former President and CEO, Martha’s Table; Julie Reiskin, LSC Board of Directors; and Rhodia D. Thomas, Executive Director, MidPenn Legal Services.
Panel: Role of Corporate Counsel
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. This panel of corporate general counsel will focus on their own businesses’ involvements in civil legal aid in their communities, what they are seeing and experiencing first hand, and their partnerships with law firms and legal service providers to bring talent and innovation to the delivery of quality legal services for low-income people. Moderated by Ronald S. Flagg, Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, LSC, panelists include: Darryl Bradford, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon; Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Cisco; Brackett Denniston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, General Electric; Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, 3M; Lucy Lee Helm, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Starbucks; and Max W. Laun, Vice President and General Counsel, Alcoa.
Panel: Clients We Serve - Personal Accounts of Impact Legal Aid
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. Moderated by LSC Board Member Julie Reiskin, four clients who have been served by LSC-funded legal aid programs will describe how their lives were changed by the assistance they received.
Panel: Expanding and Diversifying Sources of Funding
Washington, DC - September 15, 2014. Diversifying and expanding funding can increase a legal aid program’s reach, expand access to justice, enlist new allies and advocates, and reduce the risk of dependence on only a few funders. This panel discussion will focus on how to identify potential new funders and how to build and strengthen relationships with existing funders. Moderated by Jim Sandman, LSC President, the panelists include: Michael Brown, Co-Founder and CEO, City Year; Steve Gottlieb, Executive Director, Atlanta Legal Aid Society; Karen Lash, Acting Senior Counsel for Access to Justice, Department of Justice; Mary McClymont, President, Public Welfare Foundation; and Betty Balli Torres, Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation.
Panel: Reflections on the Past and Predictions for the Future. The View from the Frontlines
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. This panel of experienced executive directors of LSC-funded legal aid programs will address lessons learned from their experiences over time and their thoughts on how legal aid programs of the future will address the challenge of expanding access to justice. Moderated by Jim Sandman, President, LSC, the panelists include: Jon Asher, Executive Director, Colorado Legal Services; Colleen Cotter, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Nan Heald, Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance; Harrison McIver, III, Executive Director, Memphis Area Legal Services; and John Whitfield, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.
Washington, DC - September 16, 2014. LSC's John Levi, Board of Directors Chairman, delivers the closing remarks to the attendees of the Legal Service Corporation's 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Conference.
Albany | October 2014
Judicial Initiatives to Improve Access to Justice
Albany, NY - October 6, 2014. Moderated by former LSC President Helaine Barnett, the panelists include: Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, New York Court of Appeals; Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber, Vermont Supreme Court; and the Honorable Fern Fisher, Director, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program & Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts.
Pro Bono Panel: Importance of Community Partnerships
Judicial Panel : The Importance of Access to Justice to the Judiciary
White House Forum (April 2014)
Austin Forum (January 2014)
Pennsylvania Forum (October 2013)
Colorado Forum (July 2013)
White House Forum (April 2013)
Louisiana Forum (January 2013)
North Carolina Forum (October 2012)
Michigan Forum (July 2012)
White House Forum (April, 2012)
Pro Bono Task Force Report Release (October 2012)
The Threat to Justice for All, and Why You Should Care About It - LSC President Jim Sandman at the City Club of Cleveland, November 2012