Video and Photo Gallery of the January, 2013, Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance, and the Louisiana Pro Bono Awards
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.