JAMES J. SANDMAN
James J. Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011. He practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP from 1977 to 2007 and served as the firm’s managing partner from 1995 to 2005. From 2007 to 2011, he was general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
“The current system of accessing legal services is confusing, opaque, and inefficient for many people. The goal of the portals is to simplify the process by providing a single, statewide point of access to effective help for people needing civil legal assistance. Each user will be guided to available resources based on the nature of the matter and the user’s personal circumstances.”
Brad Smith is Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer. In this role Smith is responsible for the company’s corporate, external, and legal affairs. He leads a team of more than 1,300 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals working in 55 countries. These teams are responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, patent licensing business, corporate philanthropy, government affairs, public policy, corporate governance, and social responsibility work.
“If you can’t afford a lawyer, then you can’t solve crippling housing, child custody, or civil litigation disputes. Technology can help bridge this justice gap by empowering people with the advice and services they need to lead fruitful lives.”
Mark O’Brien is the co-founder and Executive Director of Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that increases access to justice for the poor and other vulnerable populations through innovative uses of technology, collaboration and volunteer mobilization. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has built web platforms to support public interest lawyers, build broad-based justice partnerships, and empower people in need to solve their own legal problems.
“Many state justice communities are looking to develop collaborative approaches to meet the growing needs of low-income and vulnerable individuals. We hope this initiative will strengthen those efforts and help spark creative, user-centered solutions.”