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Our Board of Directors and Advisory Committees

Board of Directors

Frank Azzopardi, Esq.
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Frank Azzopardi is the head of Davis Polk’s Intellectual Property Group. He joined the firm in 2001 and has been a partner in the New York office since 2008. He has extensive experience overseeing intellectual property, technology and media-related issues arising from corporate transactions. His experience includes advising entertainment and media, information technology, health care, investment banking, private equity and other clients on a variety of matters. Frank consults in connection with intellectual property disputes, especially in the area of copyrights, trademarks, passing off and licensing disputes. Before joining Davis Polk, he worked in the Melbourne office of Allens Arthur Robinson from 1998 to 2001. Frank graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and received his LL.B. with honors from the University of Melbourne Law School.

 


Todd Baskin, Esq.

Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Bank of America Corporation

Todd M. Baskin is a Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He oversees legal coverage for Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Global Commercial Banking, Business Banking, Global Research and Corporate M&A. In addition, Todd is cohead of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Business Selection and Conflicts Group. Prior to joining Bank of America, he was a Senior Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers Inc. Todd also worked as a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He clerked for the Honorable Marie L. Garibaldi, Supreme Court of New Jersey, from 1995 to 1996. Todd graduated, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and received his J.D., from Yale Law School. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York.

 


Nick Baughan
Managing Member, Marks Baughan & Co.

Nick Baughan is the Managing Member of Marks Baughan, a boutique investment bank based in Philadelphia and London that focuses on raising capital and providing advisory services to emerging growth companies, primarily in the software and technology-enabled services sectors. Nick co-founded the firm in 2003 and has since led its activities in the legal, compliance and risk management industries. He is a 1990 graduate of Columbia University where he received a B.A. in History, and a 1995 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career, Nick held investment banking positions with Bear Stearns, Credit Suisse First Boston, Salomon Smith Barney and Thomas Weisel Partners.

 


LeeAnn Black

Chief Operating Officer, Latham & Watkins LLP

LeeAnn Black is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Latham & Watkins, a leading global law firm with more than 2,000 lawyers in 30+ offices across the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Latham is internationally recognized for its practices spanning a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation and regulatory areas and consistently ranks among the best firms globally with an innovative approach to law firm management, commitment to client service and collegial culture. LeeAnn is a member of the Latham & Watkins Executive Committee and oversees Latham’s global operations and is responsible for the firm’s strategic financial management. Before joining Latham & Watkins, LeeAnn was a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and a member of the New York State Certified Public Accountants Association.

 


Tiela Chalmers, Esq.-- Secretary
Legal Aid & Pro Bono Legal Services Consultant

Tiela Chalmers is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) and its Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC). She has been a leader in the fields of legal services and pro bono for almost 20 years. Tiela began her career doing business litigation (and pro bono) at the firm of Farella, Braun + Martel in San Francisco. She then moved Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (VLSP), where she went from housing work to becoming the Executive Director, and had the privilege of working closely with Tanya Neiman before her untimely death. She worked for three years as a consultant for legal aid programs, law firms, other nonprofits, and national organizations focusing on legal services for low income communities. One of her larger projects involved building and coordinating the Shriver Housing Project in Los Angeles, the largest of the “civil Gideon” pilot projects in California. She also brings the Poverty Simulation (a 3hour experiential training for pro bono attorneys and others, giving the participants a visceral understanding of our clients) to law firms, legal aid offices, law schools, and other venues. In 2014, she was named as the Chief Executive Officer of the ACBA and VLSC, where she is working on several projects, including building a Legal Incubator to address the needs of modest means clients, and creating a joint pilot mediation project in unlawful detainer cases with the Alameda County Superior Court. Tiela served as the chair of the State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, and currently is the Chair of the statewide Pro Bono Coordinating Committee. She is a frequent speaker at local, statewide and national conferences, and has published on legal aid issues.

 


Michael Cooper, Esq.
Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Michael Cooper is Of Counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was a litigation partner for thirty five years and head of the Firm’s Litigation Group for seven of those years. His litigation practice has been very varied, ranging from derivative suits to a condemnation proceeding and from antitrust litigation and investigations to a Voting Rights Act case. He is a 1957 graduate magna cum laude of Harvard College and a 1960 graduate of Harvard Law School. Mike has been President of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York City Bar Association. Mike has been active in pro bono and public service work for nearly four decades. He is a past Co Chair of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, has served on the Board of Volunteers of Legal Service, and is an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice. He was President of the Legal Aid Society from 1981 to 1983 and is the founding Board Chair of Pro Bono Net, a position he held from 2000 to 2010. At the request of the then Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, he chaired a commission to find new means of funding civil legal services.

 


Catherine Donovan
Donovan Consulting

Catherine Donovan is a retired hedge funds attorney who joined the board in December 2013. Catherine was a partner in the Investment Management group at Akin Gump, New York where she advised clients on the formation and ongoing operations of domestic and offshore hedge, private equity and real estate funds. Catherine also headed Akin Gump's Knowledge Management initiative for 3 years, involved in the development of the firm's online tools for expertise location, forms libraries, client extranets and the firm's portal. After leaving law firm private practice, Catherine took on a variety of consulting projects for NY asset management groups including Perry Capital and BlackRock's alternative investment group. In 2012, Catherine began volunteering her time in the nonprofit sector. Catherine grew up and went to school in Australia. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1988 and practiced law in Sydney at Coudert Brothers before moving to New York in 1992.

 


James Haggerty
Vice President of Sales, Large Legal Strategic Market Area, LexisNexis

James Haggerty is in his 19th year with LexisNexis and he has held several Sales & Sales Management positions during his career. Currently, he leads numerous sales teams nationally and is primarily responsible for two major client segments within LN’s North American Research Solutions. In this role, Jim is actively engaged with a large majority of the AMLAW 100 law firms and many F1000 clients across several key industries: Financial Services, Professional Services Insurance and Life Sciences. Jim has been involved is several LexisNexis volunteer events, specifically “LN Cares” and the company’s initiatives around advancing the “Rule of Law” globally. Under both these programs Jim has played a role in both organizing and volunteering his time toward supporting local community events to help underprivileged children in the New York City area. He has held leadership positions on steering committees that have worked directly with the United Nations on several “Rule of Law” events supported by LexisNexis. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Jim worked for NCR Corporation in their Systemedia Division managing accounts in the New York City area. He is a graduate of The State University of New York, College at Oswego and he holds a BA in Marketing.

 


David A. Heiner, Esq. -- Vice Chair
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

David A. Heiner leads Microsoft’s Regulatory Affairs team, which is focused on privacy, accessibility, telecommunications and computer security policy and regulation worldwide. Dave joined Microsoft in 1994 and for many years oversaw its antitrust work. He is a 1982 graduate of Cornell University, where he received a B.A. in Physics, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Following law school, Dave clerked for the Honorable Thomas P. Griesa of the U.S. District Court in New York. Before joining Microsoft in 1994, he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. Dave handles cases for immigrants seeking asylum in the United States on account of political or sexual orientation discrimination. Dave works within Microsoft to encourage is lawyers to take on immigration cases through Microsoft’s close partnership with Kids In Need of Defense, and works with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to assist “Dreamers” in qualifying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.

 


Michael Hertz, Esq.
Chief Marketing Officer, White & Case LLP and Co-Founder, Pro Bono Net

Michael Hertz is the Chief Marketing Officer at White & Case, responsible for all client related matters across the global law firm. Michael started his career in New York as an associate and then as a litigation partner at Latham & Watkins. In 1998, he cofounded and ran Pro Bono Net. In 2005, Michael stepped down as the Executive Director of Pro Bono Net and moved to London to join Freshfields to serve as its Global Director of Knowledge and Business Development. He joined White & Case in 2010. Michael graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1982. He received a MA from the University of Chicago in 1985 in history and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1988. He lives in New York City. 

 


Karen Levy
Director of Global Technology, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Karen Levy is the Director of Global Technology at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Karen has over twenty years of experience in leading the technology function at large international law firms. Her previous posts include Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where she directed Firmwide technology operations; Jones Day, where she served as interim Chief Information Officer; and Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP where she was Chief Information Officer. In addition to her law firm experience, Karen spent six years as Managing Director at Kraft Kennedy & Lesser, Inc. where she led the firm’s strategic consulting practice. In her practice, Karen assisted law firms and corporate legal departments in developing IT strategies, performing technology assessments, organization and staffing analyses and delivering program and project management for complex initiatives. Karen has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Vermont.

 


Jack Londen, Esq.
Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jack Londen is a partner in Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco. He has 35 years of experience in patent litigation, complex commercial litigation, and many commercial arbitration matters arising from merger and acquisition transactions. He has led significant cases involving public education, civil rights, representing legal aid organizations, and other public interest matters. Jack has served as Co-Chair of the National Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, a founder of Lawyers for One America, president of the Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library in Washington, D.C. chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice, the founding chair of Californians for Legal Aid, chair of the Legal Services Section of the State Bar of California, president of the Public Interest Clearinghouse in San Francisco, and chair of the Legal Services Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco.   He has been a member of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and currently serves on the Council of the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.  Jack has received awards for his public interest work from organizations such as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the State Bar of California, the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Center for Youth Law, California Rural Legal Assistance, the San Francisco Eviction Defense Collaborative, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

 


Michael Mills, Esq.
CEO, Neota Logic Inc.

Michael Mills is the co-founder and chief strategy officer of Neota Logic Inc., developers of a software platform that enables lawyers and other professionals to build expert systems. Neota Logic works extensively with law schools and not-for-profit organizations. Michael was for 20 years the chief knowledge officer and co-head of technology at Davis Polk & Wardwell, after practicing as a litigation and bankruptcy partner at Mayer Brown. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, then served as law clerk to a United States District Judge in Oregon. Michael has been a member of the board of directors of Pro Bono Net since its founding in 1999, and has served as vice chair of the board and chair of the strategic planning and technology committees. He was a Co-Founder of the Central Park Conservancy, and served as its general counsel.

 


Catherine Moreno, Esq.
Partner, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati LLP

Catherine Moreno is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Catherine specializes in securities litigation and counseling, including the defense of companies and their directors and officers in class actions, derivative lawsuits, and M&A litigation. She also is experienced with internal investigations and in defending companies and individuals in SEC enforcement proceedings involving allegations of insider trading, securities fraud, and reporting violations. In addition, Catherine is experienced in a variety of commercial litigation matters and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues of securities fraud, accounting misstatements, and insider trading. Catherine maintains an active pro bono practice and has been honored for her work on civil rights impact litigation. She also is a member of the firm's Education and Pro Bono committees.

 


Mark O'Brien
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Pro Bono Net

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. Prior to starting Pro Bono Net, Mark spent eight years building a nationally recognized pro bono program at Davis Polk and Wardwell. He has served on the advisory boards of the University of Pennsylvania Law School Public Service Program and the Public Interest Law Alliance (Ireland), and is a member of the Pro Bono and Legal Services Committee of the New York City Bar, and of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-teaches the Technology, Innovation, and Law Practice Practicum. Mark was named a 2012 "FastCase 50" honoree for his contributions to the legal technology field. Mark, who is himself a card-carrying Non-Lawyer, lives in Brooklyn, where he and his wife, artist Kit Warren, have raised two sons, and where he can regularly be found playing in pick-up soccer games in all seasons and all weather.

 


William L. Pollak -- Chair
CEO, The Gordian Group

Bill Pollak is the CEO of The Gordian Group, a leader in the construction data, software and services sector with a focus on Job Order Contracting and Estimating Solutions, which he joined in 2012. Prior to his current position, Bill was CEO of American Lawyer Media (ALM Media) for 14 years, building significant enterprise value for the company’s private equity investors while transforming a traditional legal publishing business into a powerhouse provider of research information and workflow tools. Bill serves on the boards of MultiView, Inc., a provider of B2B digital advertising solutions, and iCopyright, a provider of content monetization services to publishers and bloggers. He is also past chairman and a current board member of American Business Media. Bill is a graduate of Harvard College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 


Aric Press
Partner, Bernero & Press LLC

After serving as editor in chief of The American Lawyer and American Lawyer Media for 16 years, Aric Press started Bernero & Press, a law firm advisory group, in January 2015.  The new firm aims to help law firms build stronger relationships with their clients and position and organize themselves better in a difficult legal market.  Aric is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University Law School. Before joining ALM he was a writer and senior editor at Newsweek for 19 years. At The American Lawyer, Aric created the A-List rankings for large law firms, an annual event that is credited with helping increase the amount of pro bono work performed by large law firms.

 


Betty Balli Torres, Esq.
Executive Director, Texas Access to Justice Foundation

Betty Balli Torres has dedicated her professional career to public interest work serving as an advocate for civil legal services for the poor. She has served as the Executive Director of the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, the largest Texas-based funding source for legal services to the poor, since October 2001. Betty started as a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Central Texas after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law. She has held various public interest law positions, including: Executive Director of Laredo Legal Aid Society, Inc., Legal Director of Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Managing Attorney of Legal Aid of Central Texas and as a staff attorney at Advocacy, Inc. Betty is a Past President of the National Association of IOLTA Programs. She serves on the board of Management Information Exchange (MIE) and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). She serves as Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas and is a member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force. Throughout her career, she has served on many local, statewide and national committees and task forces relating to improving legal services to the poor.

 


Edward J. Walters, Esq. -- Treasurer
CEO, Fastcase

Ed Walters is the CEO, member of the board of directors, and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C.  Under Ed’s leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world’s largest legal publishers, currently serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Before founding Fastcase, Ed worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.  Ed worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. In addition to Pro Bono Net, he serves on the boards of Public.Resource.org, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and Salsa Labs. He has served on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Law School, and the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Main Campus Library System. He teaches Law of Robots, a class about the frontiers of law and technology, at Georgetown University Law Center.

 


Stephen A. Warnke, Esq.
Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Stephen Warnke is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s health care group. He represents a wide range of health care clients on state and federal regulatory, enforcement and compliance matters.  Stephen is a 1981 graduate of Harvard University, where he received his B.A. magna cum laude in History and Literature, and a 1985 graduate of the Yale Law School. Following law school, Stephen clerked for the Honorable William A. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2009, Stephen became the founding chair of FAIR Health, Inc., a New York charity that Andrew Cuomo, then New York’s Attorney General, created to resolve conflicts in the way that health insurers set their “usual and customary rates” (or “UCRs”)  for out-of-network reimbursement. FAIR Health issues independent UCR data for commercial, consumer and academic research purposes and is a major contributor to the health reform debate. Stephen has also served as a trustee of the Legal Aid Society, the Legal Action Center and Women’s Prison Association & Home.

 


Board Photo (pictures from L-R)
Back Row: Todd Baskin, Bill Pollak, Mark O’Brien, Frank Azzopardi, Dave Heiner, Michael Hertz, Michael Mills, Michael Cooper, Aric Press
Front Row: Catherine Donovan, Betty Balli Torres, Tiela Chalmers, LeeAnn Black
Missing from the photo: Nick Baughan, James Haggerty, Karen S. Levy, Jack Londen, Ed Walters, Stephen Warnke

 


National LawHelp Advisory Committee

Jon Asher
Colorado Legal Services

Joan Fairbanks
Washington State Bar Association and Access to Justice Board

Phyllis Holmen
Georgia Legal Services Program

Patrick McClintock
Iowa Legal Aid

Sam Milkes
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

Raun Rasmussen
Legal Services NYC


LawHelp Interactive Advisory Board

Jim Daniels
Ohio State Legal Services Association

Bonnie Hough
California Administrative Office of the Court's Center for Families, Children & the Courts

Gene King
Ohio Poverty Law Center

Glenn Rawdon
Legal Services Corporation

Lisa Colpoys
Illinois Legal Aid Online

Edward Marks
New Mexico Legal Aid

Ron Staudt
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Betty Balli Torres
Texas Access to Justice Foundation

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