Judge David Tatel and lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department and major law firms are among the members of a new task force dedicated to expanding pro bono work.
The task force is a project of the Legal Services Corp., the federally funded nonprofit that is the largest source of funding for civil legal aid. Republicans in Congress have warned the organization that it faces potentially deep budget cuts, and they’ve pushed it to find new ways to help the poor with problems like home foreclosures and domestic violence cases.
Lee Miller, DLA Piper’s joint chief executive officer, is among the more than 40 task force members LSC named today. DLA Piper will also provide the group with administrative support, including from the firm’s full-time pro bono partner, Elizabeth Dewey.
Others serving include Tatel, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former U.S. attorney general Richard Thornburgh, now of counsel at K&L Gates. Mark Childress, the senior counselor for access to justice at the Justice Department, and his deputy, Lynn Overmann, are both on the task force.
From private practice, members include YUM! Brands Inc. general counsel Christian Campbell; Latham & Watkins partner Charles Crompton; Sidley Austin partner Ronald Flagg; McDonald’s Corp. general counsel Gloria Santona; and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner Cliff Sloan. The task force has a wide array of members from local legal services organizations and state judiciaries.
The full list is available here.
Sidley Austin partner John Levi, who is chairman of the LSC board of directors, called the members “a very distinguished group” in a statement. “Although pro bono involvement has grown at LSC programs, we must do more to help ensure access to justice and the orderly functioning of the civil justice system,” Levi said.
The co-chairs of the task force, announced previously, are Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Harry Korrell III, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.
Updated at 5:12 p.m.