NLADA Announces James L. Chosy of U.S. Bancorp as Corporate Advisory Committee Chair

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Release Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2022


NLADA Announces James L. Chosy of U.S. Bancorp as Corporate Advisory Committee Chair

Washington – The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) is pleased to announce that James L. Chosy, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel of U.S. Bancorp, has assumed the role of Chair of NLADA’s Corporate Advisory Committee (CAC).

“Jim is the corporate leader that we need at the helm of the CAC. His leadership on equal justice for all in the country is longstanding – exemplified by his selection as an NLADA Exemplar Award Honoree last year,” said NLADA President & CEO April Frazier Camara. “The CAC is a critical component of the NLADA community as it exemplifies how our profession is united in a common purpose around the principle of equal justice for all. As we seek to center racial equity within our work at NLADA, I am confident that Jim is the right person to lead our corporate community.”

“It’s a privilege and honor to work alongside the talented team at NLADA. I’m grateful for this opportunity to support their work to help lead meaningful change for such an important cause,” said Chosy. “Pursuing equal justice is an area I’m both personally and professionally passionate about. I believe corporations can be change agents, and in this role, I look forward to supporting NLADA and strengthening its partnership with other legal executives and the broader corporate community.”

In his role with U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank – the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States, Chosy is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs. Chosy is a member of the boards of directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the Guthrie Theater, and the Fund for Legal Aid, the board of counselors of Equal Justice Works, the general counsel advisory committee of the Bank Policy Institute, and the corporate advisory panel of the Federal Bar Association’s special task force on diversity and inclusion.

Chosy is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He has been honored with awards including the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Service Award, the Lead by Example Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, the In-House Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award from Minnesota Lawyer, and the Exemplar Award from NLADA.

Under Chosy’s leadership, the CAC is holding its first meeting of the year with representatives from across its membership.

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The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. NLADA has pioneered access to justice at the national, state and local levels, playing a leadership role in the creation of public defender systems and other important institutions from The Sentencing Project to the Legal Services Corporation. A leader in the development of national standards for civil legal aid and public defense, NLADA also provides advocacy, training and technical assistance for equal justice advocates across the country.