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V&E Pro Bono Counsel Ellyn Josef Appointed to ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

Vinson & Elkins Pro Bono Counsel Ellyn Josef has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) for a three-year term.

The 11-member SCLAID serves the American Bar Association (ABA) by examining issues relating to the delivery of civil legal assistance and of criminal defense services to the poor. Established in 1920, SCLAID is the ABA’s oldest standing committee, founded to advance four primary goals: (1) secure sufficient resources/funding in each jurisdiction to support quality legal services for persons of limited means; (2) develop and promote standards, policies, best practices and models, to support the delivery of quality legal service to persons of limited means; (3) advocate for effective systems; and (4) educate, so that policy makers, the bench, the bar and the public understand issues and requirements for legal services for persons of limited means.

Josef supervises V&E’s pro bono activities, including local, national and international projects. Her passion for equal access to justice has resulted in the representation of hundreds of clients that are unable to otherwise afford legal counsel, furthering the goals of the ABA and SCLAID.

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