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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Ransom Wydner's Remarks at LSC's 50th Anniversary Gala

Remarks from Ransom Wydner at LSC's 50th Celebration

LSC’s Emerging Leaders Council Co-Chair Ransom Wydner took the stage at LSC's 50th anniversary gala to share his personal story of a childhood impacted by evictions and persistent housing insecurity. He was just two years old when his family was first evicted for nonpayment.

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Justice Rising

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 

Counsel to the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce

Cayley Balser 

Professor of Practice, Service Impact Area Lead at Innovation for Justice University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Omid G. Bañuelos

Corporate Counsel, Litigation & Regulation, Amazon

Sarah Bennett Bures

Pro Bono Director & Counsel, Troutman Pepper

Aaron Brooks

General Counsel – Corporate Governance, Bank OZK

Amanda Brown 

Executive Director, Lagniappe Law Lab

Amy Chapple

Senior Counsel, Gilead Sciences

Tucker Cottingham

General Manager, Clio

Mauricio Duarte

COO, A2J Tech

Brett Felter

Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Sam Flynn

Co-Founder, Josef

Kaitlyn Fydenkevez 

Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Ruby Garrett

Associate, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Kevin Golembiewski

Attorney, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Eduardo Gonzalez

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

Nick Hasenfus

Associate, Holland & Knight LLP

Chase Hertel

Director of Consumer & Counsel, SimpleCitizen

Johnathan Hill (Co-Chair)

Program Manager & Social Impact & Community Engagement Lead, Relativity

Parnaz Hojjati

Summer Associate, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law

Eliza Hong 

J.D. Candidate, Cornell Law School

Kelsea A. Jeon

J.D. Candidate, Stanford Law School 

Shiva Kooragayala

Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Courts

David Layfer

Section Head/Commercial Legal, AbbVie

Allison Luzwick

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

Dana Marquez Richardson

Senior Staff Attorney, OneJustice

Jason Marsico 

Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Josh Meltzer

Senior Counsel, Office of the President, University of California

Mitch Mitchell 

Product Counsel, Trust & Will

Dorna Moini 

CEO & Founder, Gavel

Matthew Monahan

State Appellate Defender, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office

Eric Osborne

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

Neil Pai 

General Counsel, Founders Fund

Christian Palacios

Associate, Duane Morris LLP

Adrian Palma

Pro Bono Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

Ritica Ramesh 

UX/UI Designer, A2J Tech

Verenice Ramirez 

UX Designer, Georgetown University Law Center

Peter Riley 

Managing Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

Brad Robertson

Partner, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Luke Ruse

General Counsel, Ontra

Jaclyn Sattler 

Senior Manager, Strategy & Business Operations, Relativity

Laura Safdie

COO & General Counsel, Casetext

Soha Saiyed

Partner, Reece Saiyed Parry-Johnson, LLP 

Armin Salek 

Executive Director, Youth Justice Alliance

Russell Shankland

Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Shelly Skinner 

Special Counsel, National Labor Relations Board

Sainabou Sonko

Senior Counsel, Tyson Foods

Aidan Sova

Product Solutions Consultant, Google

Grace Stewart

Intellectual Property Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Olivia Sullivan

Associate Attorney, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Millie Tadewaldt

Founder & CEO, Brilliant

Jason Tashea

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

Marc Theriault

Deputy Circuit Executive, Office of the Circuit Executive, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Garrett Thomas

Founder & Managing Attorney, The Law Office of Garrett Thomas

J. Sterling Williams, IV

Associate, Much Shelist, P.C.

Ransom Wydner (Co-Chair)

Vice President, Pro Bono and Social Impact, SixFifty

David Zimmer

Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP