2015 Recipient

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Where presented : 
NLADA Annual Conference
Recipient(s) name: 
LInda K. Rexer
Recipient title: 
Executive Director
Recipient organization: 
Michigan State Bar Foundation
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Linda Rexer has been executive director of the Michigan State Bar Foundation for 30 years. The Foundation provides significant funding and leadership for civil legal aid to the poor. Previously, she was a managing attorney for a regional legal aid program. She has held national and state leadership roles, including as a founding member of the State Bar of Michigan's Access to Justice Task Force and current co-chair of its successor entity and co-chair of the Access Committee of the State Bar’s 21st Century Task Force on the Future of Legal Services.

She was co-chair of the statewide Solutions on Self-Help Task Force, which launched the Michigan Legal Help Program, recently honored with NLADA’s Innovations in Equal Justice Award. She served on NLADA committees and as a member of the MIE board. She was also a member of the ABA Commission on IOLTA and President of the National Association of IOLTA Programs for which she has made many presentations and led numerous committees, including currently chairing a committee working to broaden support for legal aid from other foundations.

She was also a trustee of the National Conference of Bar Foundations, a member of the ABA Task Force to Revise the Civil Legal Aid Standards, a member of LSC’s Performance Criteria Committee, and a member of LSC’s Pro Bono Task Force. She received the State Bar's Michael Frank Award for contributions to the legal profession and has published many articles on access to justice. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame.