LSC Updates | May 2015

LSC, WHITE HOUSE HOST FORUM ON INCREASING ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, CBS Corporation Vice Chair Shari Redstone, and other leaders of the legal and business communities  gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 14 for the fourth “White House Forum on Increasing Access to Justice,” co-hosted by LSC and the White House.
 
White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston, American Bar Association President William Hubbard, and Harvard Law School Professor David B. Wilkins also spoke at the event, which was held in conjunction with the LSC Board’s quarterly meeting. Attendees included senior administration officials, federal agency representatives, members of the federal and state judiciaries, bar leaders, policymakers, lawmakers, LSC Board members, and executive directors of several LSC grantees. 
VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: 2015 LSC WHITE HOUSE FORUM
In his opening remarks, LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi called for greater support for LSC in its mission to help ensure a core American value—equal access to justice: “It was not that long ago that our ancestors fought … to give us a nation founded on principles of fairness that define us as Americans. Let us play our own part in making sure that the generations that succeed us share in the very blessings that we have inherited.”
READ: TEXT OF JOHN LEVI’S OPENING REMARKS
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. spoke about the great strides that have been made to support legal aid and ensure equal justice under law, citing the recent efforts of the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (LAIR) to provide new training opportunities and research initiatives. Holder also provided an update on LAIR’s Access to Justice Toolkit, an online resource providing information about civil legal aid.
 
“Just this morning, we added three new case studies to the Toolkit that illuminate how civil legal aid can support our efforts to keep Americans working, to bolster tribal nations, and to prevent elder abuse,” said Holder. “Thanks to LAIR’s extraordinary, internationally recognized work, more than two dozen federal grants have been clarified to allow and include legal services.” 
VIDEO: WATCH FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC H. HOLDER, JR.’S REMARKS
READ: FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC H. HOLDER, JR.'S REMARKS
LSC President Jim Sandman moderated a panel discussion on “The Importance of Access to Justice to the Judiciary,” featuring six state supreme court chief justices and two federal judges:
  • Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court;
  • Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court;
  • Judge Denise Page Hood, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan;
  • Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court;
  • Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee, Tennessee Supreme Court;
  • Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, New York Court of Appeals;
  • Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Kentucky Supreme Court; and
  • Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
L-R: Judge Denise Page Hood, United States District Court, Middle District of Michigan;
Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Texas Supreme Court;
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court;
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, New York Court of Appeals;
Jim Sandman, President, LSC;
Judge Diane P. Wood, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit;
Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court;
Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee, Tennessee Supreme Court; and
Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Kentucky Supreme Court.
VIDEO: THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR THE JUDICIARY
Glenn Rawdon, a technology specialist at LSC, moderated five rapid-fire presentations on technology innovations in access to justice to improve the delivery of civil legal assistance.

Presenters included Abhijeet Chavan, Chief Technology Officer, Urban Insight; Nan Heald, Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.; Anna Hineline, Technology Coordinator, Legal Assistance of Western, New York, Inc.; Hanna Kaufman, Law Student, Chicago-Kent Law School; and Angela Tripp, Project Manager, Michigan Legal Help Program.
Top Row L-R: Glenn Rawdon, Program Counsel for Technology, LSC; and Nan Heald, Executive Director, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc.
Bottom Row L-R: Hanna Kaufman, Law Student, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Angela Tripp, Project Manager, Michigan Legal Help Program; and Abhijeet Chavan, Chief Technology Officer, Urban Insight.
VIDEO: TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE
LSC Board Vice Chair and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow moderated a panel discussion on “Perspectives on Access to Justice from the Business Community,” focusing on how civil legal aid benefits the economy and why business and civic leaders should support access to justice. Panelists included:
  • Christian L. Campbell, Senior Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel, & Chief Franchise Policy Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.;
  • Brackett B. Denniston III, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, General Electric Company;
  • Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, 3M;
  • Max W. Laun, Vice President & General Counsel, Alcoa;
  • Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, CBS Corporation;
  • Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot; and
  • John Schultz, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company.
L-R: Brackett B. Denniston III, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, General Electric Company;
Max W. Laun, Vice President & General Counsel, Alcoa; 
Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot; 
Ivan Fong, Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel, 3M; 
Martha Minow, Harvard Law School Dean & LSC Board Vice Chair; 
Christian L. Campbell, Senior Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel & Chief Franchise Policy Officer, Yum! Brands, Inc.;
Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, CBS Corporation; and
John Schultz, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company.
VIDEO: PERSPECTIVES ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
READ: OP-ED ‘FUNDING CIVIL LEGAL AID: A BIPARTISAN ISSUE,” BY LSC BOARD VICE CHAIR MARTHA MINOW AND FORMER LSC BOARD MEMBER SHARON BROWNE

STATE SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICES DISCUSS ‘LITIGANTS WITHOUT LAWYERS’ AT SENATE BRIEFING

Top Row L-R: John G. Levi, Board Chairman LSC; Jim Sandman, President, LSC; and Jorge Labarga, Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court.
Bottom Row L-R: John D. Minton Jr., Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court; Sharon Lee, Chief Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court; and Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court.
On April 15, LSC held a briefing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building with four state supreme court chief justices on the problems posed by the millions of pro se litigants crowding America’s state courts.
 
“Litigants Without Lawyers: Equal Justice Under Threat in State Courts” featured Texas Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, Tennessee Chief Justice Sharon Lee, and Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr.
 
LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi delivered the opening remarks, and LSC President Jim Sandman moderated the discussion.
VIDEO: ‘LITIGANTS WITHOUT LAWYERS’ SENATE BRIEFING
READ: TEXT OF JOHN G. LEVI’S OPENING REMARKS

LSC PRESIDENT JIM SANDMAN HONORED WITH D.C. BAR’S 2015 BRENNAN AWARD AND ‘LEGENDS IN THE LAW’ INTERVIEW

LSC President Jim Sandman will receive the D.C. Bar’s 2015 William J. Brennan Jr. Award at a Washington reception on June 16 for his commitment to equal justice. The Brennan Award is presented biennially to a D.C. Bar member who has demonstrated excellence, achievement, and commitment to civil rights and individual liberties.
 
The D.C. Bar’s flagship publication Washington Lawyer also featured an in-depth interview with Sandman in the May 2015 issue’s “Legends in the Law” column.  Sandman spoke on topics ranging from the beginning of his legal career to the justice gap and the state of legal aid funding in America.
 
“We work hard at trying to educate people about the magnitude of the problem, and to enlist new messengers to reach new audiences to raise awareness of what the problem is,” Sandman said. “If we can do that, I am optimistic that we can improve the funding situation. Our mission is all about a fundamental and deeply held American value—equal justice under law.”
READ: SANDMAN'S 'WASHINGTON LAWYER' INTERVIEW

UPDATE OF REPORT: ‘TECHNOLOGIES THAT SHOULD BE IN PLACE IN A LEGAL AID OFFICE TODAY’

LSC has updated its publication “Technologies That Should Be in Place in a Legal Aid Office Today,” often referred to as the LSC Technology Baselines. LSC originally published this reference guide in 2008 to help legal aid organizations prepare technology plans required for basic field grant applications.
 
The revised LSC Technology Baselines address modern technologies such as mobile devices, social media, and cloud computing; new security concerns for networks and data; knowledge management strategies; and the use of web and video conferencing systems. In addition, the section on Support for Pro Bono and Use of Private Attorneys has been revised based on recommendations from the October 2012 Report of LSC’s Pro Bono Task Force.
 
The Technology Section of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) worked with LSC to update the report .
VIEW: 2015 LSC TECH BASELINE REPORT

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