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NLADA’s Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC) unites distinguished legal executives from a wide variety of industries to help low-income people in need of legal services by strengthening pro bono programs, formulating national strategies in support of funding for legal representation and supporting resource development at NLADA. The CAC is led by Chair, Max Laun, retired Vice President & General Counsel, Arconic and Immediate Past Chair, John F. Schultz, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Administrative Officer & Corporate Secretary, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 


Corporate Advocacy to Congress in Support of Access to Justice: In July 2020, members of NLADA’s CAC wrote to the Senate in support of federal assistance for public defenders to meet the challenges of COVID-19. This letter complemented earlier ones submitted in the spring in support of the civil legal aid community’s needs during the pandemic.  And in June, over 200 corporate General Counsel signed a letter calling for the protection and expansion of federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation in the FY 2021 Federal Budget. To read these letters and similar ones submitted in previous years, click here.

Corporate America Advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Released in July 2019, Access to Justice is Good for Business identifies the ways in which corporate America supports access to justice and includes a call to the business community for increased partnership with NLADA and other public interest organizations. This publication and interest surrounding it led to the launch of the NLADA-CAC Working Group on Goal 16.

Hear from NLADA’s 2020 Exemplar Award Honoree: Under the leadership of Marcus V. Brown, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Entergy Corporation, having a positive social impact and promoting equity and sustainability is a core business strategy. Listen to his message. To learn more about our September 16, 2020 Exemplar Awards Dinner, when we will honor Marcus V. Brownclick here. 

Corporate Advisory Committee Charter

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is the United States’ oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel, whether in criminal or civil matters. For more than a century, NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state, and local levels in multiple ways: helping create many of the first public defense systems in the country; supporting the establishment of the Legal Services Corporation; developing nationally applicable standards for legal representation of low-income clients; and advocating for groundbreaking legislation. NLADA serves as the collective voice for the country’s civil legal aid and public defense providers and offers high-quality advocacy, training, and technical assistance.

NLADA has collaborated with distinguished legal executives in the private sector from a wide variety of industries to help low-income people in need of legal services by expanding and strengthening pro bono programs, formulating national strategies in support of funding for legal representation, and supporting resource development for NLADA to lead nationally on these issues. In 1992, under the leadership of Ford Motor Company, those unofficial partnerships were formalized to launch NLADA’s Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC), which exemplifies corporate America’s dedication to the principle of equal justice under the law and advancing federal, state, and local public policy that strengthens legal assistance for low-income people. Through the leadership of its member corporate counsel, the CAC engages the corporate community to expand the availability of quality representation to those who cannot otherwise afford counsel.

How Do We Work?

While the CAC works collaboratively, it does not issue statements or policy positions as a unit. Instead, individual corporate members retain exclusive control over when their names are added to activities or campaigns, such as letters to Congress or other public statements. Before public statements are made, each CAC member will have the opportunity to choose whether to add their company name or not.

Current Members

For more information, please contact Aileen Moffatt, Vice President, External Relations at [email protected] or 202.452.0620 x223 or click here.


Phillip Morris



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Join the CAC

Joining NLADA as a CAC member provides you with a unique opportunity to strengthen your understanding of the issues and trends facing our nation’s civil legal aid and public defense systems, engage on substantive policy issues that are relevant to your company, and build lasting relationships with equal justice advocates and clients, as well as with your peers in the business community.

CAC membership extends for 12 months. Purchase your membership here or renew you membership today.

For additional information or assistance expediting your new membership or renewal, contact Aileen Moffatt, Vice President External Relations at [email protected] or 202-452-0620 x 223.