On January 25, 2013, in New Orleans,LSC's Board of Directors convened the fourth Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance in America. The forum featured a panel of distinguished justices and jurists, including Alabama Supreme Court Justice Michael Bolin; Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson; Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan L. Hecht; Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu of the Louisiana State
Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit; Florida First District Court of Appeal Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr.; and Kentucky Court of Justice General Counsel Marc Theriault. The panel was moderated by LSC Board Vice-Chair and Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow.
This video also includes remarks by LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi, LSC Board Member Gloria Valencia-Weber, Judge Madeleine M. Landrieu of the Louisiana State Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, and then-incoming Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. The forum was held in New Orleans, at the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The forum also included a discussion of the role of legal aid in disaster preparedness and relief. The panelists were: Martha Bergmark, founding president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice; Paul E. Furrh, Jr., executive director of Lone Star Legal Aid; Robert Horowitz, director of the American Bar Association Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness; Brad J. Kieserman, general counsel for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Raun Rasmussen, executive director of Legal Services NYC; Marta Schnabel, president of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and O’Bryon & Schnabel shareholder; and Ranie T. Thompson, managing attorney for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.