John G. Levi

Sidley Austin, LLP; Legal Services Corporation
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Member Since

Chairman, Partner. In 2009, President Obama nominated John G. Levi to the eleven member bi-partisan Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a federal agency created in the Nixon administration to provide legal aid to low income Americans. LSC's reputation in Congress and the nation suffered from partisan bickering; its important work was badly hampered and disorganized. On April 7, 2010, the Senate confirmed John's appointment and he was immediately elected LSC chairman. John is a Democrat. Two years later, a Republican LSC Board member, Victor Maddox, nominated John for re-election as Chairman with these words, John assumed the post at a critical time in the Legal Services Corporation history...there was anger and expressed outrage, feigned or real, on Capitol Hill, even among the Corporation's friends...his personal commitment of time and energy is unmatched in the 38-year history of the Corporation...he has approached the job with complete fairness and every aspect of his work. By bringing civility and wisdom to the leadership of LSC, John G. Levi restored high standards of public service to an important government agency at a time of bitter partisanship in Washington. LSC has regained the respect of Congress, the Courts and the legal profession.

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