Distinguished Jurists and Business Leaders Join Legal Aid Community for Access to Justice Forum

April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressmen, business leaders, distinguished jurists, and members of the legal aid community will gather at Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday, April 25, for the Forum on Increasing Access to Justice. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is hosting the event in conjunction with its Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting.

Rep. Thomas E. Emmer (MN-6), Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-4), LSC Board Chair John G. Levi, Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor, and ABA President Linda Klein will deliver remarks.

The forum includes three panels. The first, “The Importance of Access to the Justice to the Judiciary,” will feature state supreme court justices from four states and a United States Circuit Judge discussing barriers to justice and the impact unrepresented litigants have on the justice system. Harvard Law School Dean and LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow will moderate.

Six corporate leaders representing Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, KPMG LLP, Microsoft Corporation, Viacom, and Visa will serve as panelists for the second panel, “Perspectives on Access to Justice from the Business Community.” They will discuss why American businesses depend on a justice system where consumers, employees, and employers can access their legal rights and protections. Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at The Home Depot will serve as moderator.

The final panel, “Addressing the Legal Needs of Low-Income Veterans Through Medical-Legal Partnerships,” will highlight LSC grantees’ work on behalf of veterans across the country. LSC President James J. Sandman will moderate.

The Forum on Increasing Access to Justice will take place at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, on April 25, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Members of the press are invited to attend.

The forum will also be live-streamed via Facebook Live. To view the briefing, visit LSC’s Facebook page.

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.