Florida Chief Justice Joins Jurists in Miami for Panel Discussions on Civil Legal Aid and Technology, Hosted by the Legal Services Corporation

January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, leading judges, attorneys, and technology experts will gather at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables on January 23 for panel discussions on civil legal aid and technology.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is hosting the forum in conjunction with its Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting.

Joining Chief Justice Labarga on a panel to discuss the importance of access to justice issues for the judiciary are Judge Marcia G. Cooke of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; Richard K. Leefe, founding partner of Leefe, Gibbs, Sullivan & Dupre in Louisiana; Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico Chief Justice Liana Fiol Matta; and retired Florida First District Court of Appeals Judge William A. Van Nortwick, Jr.

LSC Board Vice Chair Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School, will moderate the discussion, which will take place from 2:15-3:30 p.m. in Room E352, University of Miami School of Law, 1311 Miller Drive.

A second panel will discuss how technology can expand access to justice and showcase LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program. Panelists include: Glenn Rawdon, LSC Program Counsel for Technology; Jane Ribadeneyra, LSC Program Analyst; and Bethany A. Bandstra and William D. Mueller, legal interns for the University of Miami School of Law Health Rights Clinic. The panel will take place from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

The LSC Board will meet January 22-24 at The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables, 180 Aragon Avenue. Details regarding 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 132 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.