The head of Sidley Austin's pro bono and public interest law committee is heading to the Legal Services Corp. in Washington, the firm and the federal agency announced Tuesday.
The LSC's board of directors yesterday unanimously approved Sidley senior counsel Ronald Flagg as the agency's vice president for legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary. He starts his new job June 3.
Flagg said he is "very sad" to leave Sidley. But he said he’s "very excited" to join LSC, which doles out more money for civil legal aid than any other U.S. organization.
Flagg has spent more than three decades at Sidley, focusing on administrative and commercial litigation, in addition to pro bono work. He also has served as D.C. Bar president and AARP's legal counsel for the elderly governing board chairman, as well as a member of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He currently is the chairman of the National Veterans Legal Services Program board.
LSC board Chairman John Levi, a Sidley Austin partner, said in a written statement that the agency is "tremendously fortunate" to have Flagg.
"I can think of no one who could better fill this role than Ron Flagg," Levi said. "While handling a very successful law practice, Ron has devoted himself to pro bono service to the needy, veterans, the elderly, to DC’s Public School students, and many others."