Business Leaders Join Distinguished Jurists and Legal Aid Community for Legal Services Corporation’s Access to Justice Forum

January 23, 2017

ATLANTA – Business leaders, distinguished jurists, and members of the legal aid community will gather on Friday, January 27, to discuss ways to expand access to justice for low-income Americans. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is hosting the event in conjunction with its Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting.

Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, Georgia State University College of Law, will join LSC Board Chair John G. Levi in making opening remarks at this event. They will be joined by Representative Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. (GA-4). 

Three panel discussions will focus on different approaches to increasing the availability of civil legal assistance. The first panel, “The Importance of Access to Justice to the Judiciary,” will feature Justice Cornelia A. Clark, Tennessee Supreme Court; Presiding Justice Jess H. Dickinson, Mississippi Supreme Court; Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, Supreme Court of Georgia; and Judge Myron H. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Harvard Law School Dean and LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow will moderate the discussion. 

The second panel, “Innovations to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century Legal Aid Client,” will feature experts in the use of technology to expand access to justice. The third panel, “The Role of Corporate Counsel in Expanding Access to Justice,” will feature Peter W. Carter, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Delta Air Lines, Inc.; C. Ben Garren, Jr., General Counsel, North America, The Coca-Cola Company; and Richard (Rick) M. Rufolo, Vice President, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Home Depot Inc., will serve as moderator.

The panels will be held 9 a.m. to noon at Georgia State University College of Law at 85 Park Place NE. Details on the board and committee meetings may be found in a notice published on the LSC website: www.lsc.gov.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.