Emerging Leaders Council

The Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council will bring together some of the country’s rising leaders to help increase public awareness of the crisis in civil legal aid and the importance of providing equal access to justice to all low-income Americans.

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Justice Rising is a publication of the LSC's Emerging Leaders Council. Read it for their insights on closing the justice gap and the latest developments in access-to-justice efforts. 

Emerging Leaders Council Members

Sara Agate
Founder, 1871

Liani Balasuriya
U.S. Department of Commerce

Omid G. Bañuelos
Associate, Williams & Connolly LLP

Sarah Bennett Bures
Associate, McGuireWoods LLP

Lester Booker Jr.
Vice President, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communications, Citizens Bank

Aaron Brooks
General Counsel – Corporate Governance, Bank OZK

Amanda Brown
Founder and Executive Director, Lagniappe Law Lab

Mikaela Burkhardt
Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Hannah Calhoon
Founder, Calhoon Impact, LLC

Amy Chapple
Senior Counsel, Gilead Sciences

Nyssa Chopra
Tech Associate, Perkins Coie LLP

Tucker Cottingham
General Manager, Clio

W. Andrew Crown
Investment Professional, Four More Capital

Alison DeBelder
Director of Systems Reform, Disability Rights Florida

Mauricio Duarte
Justice Entrepreneur, A2J Tech

Brett Felter
Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Sam Flynn
Co-Founder, Josef

Kaitlyn Fydenkevez
Healthcare and Data Privacy Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Ruby Garrett
Litigation Associate, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Kevin Golembiewski
Deputy Solicitor General, FL Attorney General’s Office

Eduardo Gonzalez
Program Officer for Civil Justice, American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Kiff Hamp
Executive Director, Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative

Nick Hasenfus
Associate, Holland & Knight LLP

Chase Hertel
Director of Consumer & Counsel, SimpleCitizen

Johnathan Hill (Co-Chair)
Community Engagement Lead, Relativity

Parnaz Hojjati
Summer Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law

Kelsea A. Jeon
J.D. Candidate, Stanford Law School 

LaDierdre Johnson
Manager, Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project

Shiva Kooragayala
Litigation Associate, Massey & Gail LLP

David Layfer
Senior Counsel, AbbVie

Daniel Liss
CEO, Dispo
Creative Director, Gensler

Katrina Logan
Direction Attorney, Economic Advancement Program,
Community Legal Services, Inc.

Allison Luzwick
Senior Legal Counsel, USS John C. Stennis, United States Navy

Dana Marquez Richardson
Senior Staff Attorney, OneJustice

Josh Meltzer
Principal Counsel, Education Affairs, University of California, Office of the President

Dorna Moini
Founder, Documate.org

Matthew Monahan
State Appellate Defender, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

Ben Mundel
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Alex Nelson
Senior Manager, Strategy & Analysis, Logically

Eric Osborne
Member, Sherrard, Roe, Voigt, & Harbison, PLC

Neil Pai
General Counsel, Founders Fund

Christian Palacios
Associate, Proskauer Rose LLP

Adrian Palma
Pro Bono Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Rohan Pavuluri
Cofounder, Upsolve 

Zachary Pierce
J.D. Candidate, University of Virginia School of Law

Brad Robertson
Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Luke Ruse
General Counsel, Ontra

Laura Safdie
COO & General Counsel, Casetext

Soha Saiyed
Partner, Reece Saiyed Parry-Johnson, LLP

Samantha Sanchez
Legal Technology Leader, TechBridge 

Russell Shankland
Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Mackenzie Sheehy
Corporate Counsel, HashiCorp

Katie Siler
Directing Attorney, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Los Angeles

Shelly Skinner 
Ethics/Labor Attorney

Sainabou Sonko
Senior Counsel, Tyson Foods

Aidan Sova
Human Rights Commissioner, Washtenaw County

Stephen Spector
Associate, Sidley Austin

Grace Stewart
Intellectual Property Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Olivia Sullivan
Associate Attorney, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Sam Swartz
Public Policy, Stripe

Millie Tadewaldt
Founder & CEO, Brilliant

Jason Tashea
Founding Director, Judicial Innovation Fellowship, Georgetown University Law Center
Consultant, The World Bank

Marc Theriault
Circuit Executive, U.S. Courts for the Sixth Circuit

Garrett Thomas
Founder & Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

Anil Vassanji
Associate, Litigation
Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Katharyn Ivera Christian Voit
Pro Bono Counsel, Duane Morris LLP

J. Sterling Williams, IV
Associate, Greenburg Traurig LLP 

Miguel Willis
Executive Director, Access to Justice Technology Fellows Program
Innovator in Residence, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Emmy Wydman
Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Durham, North Carolina

Ransom Wydner (Co-Chair)
Vice President, Pro Bono and Social Impact, SixFifty

David Zimmer
Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP