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Hewlett-Packard General Counsel to be honored this June in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2015) - The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is proud to announce John F. Schultz, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of the Hewlett-Packard Company, as the recipient of the 2015 Exemplar Award for his exceptional leadership in advancing the cause of legal representation for those unable to afford counsel. Schultz will receive the award at NLADA’s prestigious event, the Exemplar Award Dinner, to be held on Tuesday, June 23, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“NLADA leads the fight to provide equal access to justice for all Americans. The generous and committed support of the corporate counsel and private law firm community is a crucial part of progressing towards that goal,” said NLADA President and CEO Jo-Ann Wallace. “John Schultz is a guiding light in the legal profession, and we will celebrate his invaluable commitment and contributions to pro bono and public service at this year's Exemplar Award Dinner.”

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:

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