|Hewlett-Packard Holds Reception for NLADA in Silicon Valley|
On November 18, John Schultz, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Hewlett-Packard Company, hosted nearly 50 corporate and private lawyers at a reception supporting the important work of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). NLADA’s President and CEO Jo-Ann Wallace spoke about NLADA’s leading efforts to ensure that low-income people have access to legal representation and to guarantee that the quality of justice does not depend on how much money a person has.
Mr. Schultz addressed the group about his involvement with NLADA as chair of its Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC). He shared, “NLADA is indispensable in the fight for equal justice in America. They are the backbone of the legal aid and defender programs all around the country who serve on the frontlines offering vital legal services to the people who need them most.”
|Major Awards Presented at NLADA Conference|
WASHINGTON DC, (November 20) - The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) honored two giants in the field of equal justice at its 2014 Annual Conference Opening Ceremony last week in Arlington, Virginia. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) received NLADA's first-ever Champion of Justice through Public Service Award, and Mary McClymont, President of the Public Welfare Foundation, accepted the NLADA Award for Justice through Philanthropy.
The Champion of Justice through Public Service Award honors a public servant who has, through leadership, advocacy, and engagement, significantly enhanced the accessibility of justice in America for those unable to afford legal counsel. Senator Harkin has served five Senate terms in a congressional career that began in 1974. As Chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, he has made a critical impact on the legal aid community. In addition to his repeated commitment to the protection of the Legal Services Corporation, he has been an instrumental figure in countless pieces of legislation supporting legal services providers and their clients, most notably sponsoring the Americans with Disabilities Act. Senator Harkin was celebrated as a proponent of American labor rights, and his advocacy around loan forgiveness has made him a hero to the legal aid and public defense communities alike.
|2014 Annual Conference Award Recipients|
November 20, 2014 (Washington, DC) - The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) bestowed nine awards to individuals at the annual Awards Luncheon during NLADA's 2014 Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia, last week. The ceremony honored a range of legal services and public defender attorneys, program staff, and volunteers for their leadership and dedication in advancing the cause of equal justice on behalf of low-income people.
This year's honorees were: