Over five decades, Martha Bergmark has founded and led legal aid organizations in her native Mississippi, worked at NLADA and been LSC president.
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Sam Scarrow has a background in non-profit storytelling, campaigns and strategic communications. He brings a keen sense of what editors and media gatekeepers look for in stories.
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Elizabeth Arledge (1964-2021)
Elizabeth (Betsy) Arledge (1964-2021) was Deputy Director of Voices for Civil Justice from its beginning to her untimely death.
Others who played a crucial role in the success of Voices for Civil Justice
When she stepped down in 2021, Martha Bergmark wrote:
My heartfelt thanks go out to all who have contributed to the realization of Mary McClymont’s original, inspiring vision for Voices — our generous funders and ever-helpful advisory committee, our staff and BerlinRosen team members, the legal aid and civil justice advocates willing to offer their expertise to reporters, and most especially the hundreds of legal aid clients willing to share their compelling personal stories. By connecting headline news to underlying civil justice challenges, together we are reshaping the public narrative, with results that include funding increases for civil legal aid and meaningful policy change. To all of you – thank you! — Martha
Former staff Søren Rasmussen and Camille Ward.
The Public Welfare Foundation and The Kresge Foundation were the founding funders of Voices for Civil Justice. Additional generous funding was provided by The JPB Foundation, Equal Justice Works, The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and others. Special thanks to Mary E. McClymont, president of the Public Welfare Foundation and Sandra McAlister Ambrozy, Senior Program Officer for Human Services at the Kresge Foundation.
Participants in the JusticeVoices network of 1,500 advocates representing every state and territory.
Former Voices for Civil Justice Advisory Committee*
*Affiliations for identification purposes only. Names, titles and affiliations as of 2021.
Katherine Alteneder, Self-Represented Litigation Network
Danielle Hirsch, National Center for State Courts
Principal Court Management Consultant
Lan Diep, San José City Council
Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda
Co-Founder and former President
Karen Lash, The Justice in Government Project at American University
Practitioner-in-Residence and Director
John Nethercut, Public Justice Center
Ron Flagg, Legal Services Corporation
Sarah Lackritz, Equal Justice Works
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Betty Balli Torres, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
David Udell, National Center for Access to Justice
Jason Vail, American Bar Association Division for Legal Services
Division Director / Chief Counsel
Jo-Ann Wallace, National Legal Aid and Defender Association