C|M|LAW and the C|M|LAW Student Public Interest Law Organization present
James J. Sandman, President Legal Services Corporation
James J. Sandman is president of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, a federally chartered corporation charged with disbursing federal funds to support legal services to the poor. The LSC is the largest U.S. provider of civil legal aid for low-income Americans. Mr. Sandman, drawing on thirty-five years of experience and a peerless career of devotion to poverty legal services, will discuss the public interest as a legal calling and current challenges and issues in legal services for the poor.
Mr. Sandman is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College and received his law degree cum laude from University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. James J. Sandman is president of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation. Mr. Sandman was general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools from 2007 to 2011, president of the District of Columbia Bar from 2006-2007, and in a variety of leadership roles within the District of Columbia Bar and in other organizations he has established a long track record of innovation and success in the provision of pro bono legal services. He was an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP from 1977 to 2007 and served as the firm's managing partner from 1995 to 2005.
Mr. Sandman is a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s District of Columbia State Advisory Committee. He also is vice chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society and on the boards of the Meyer Foundation and the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. He previously served on the boards of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, Wilkes University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Whitman-Walker Clinic. He also has served on the scholarship selection committee of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.There will be a Complimentary light lunch served at 12:30 p.m.