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Sandman selected for Council of Lawyers’ Award

In this file photo, James J. Sandman, president of the Washington-based Legal Services Corporation, spoke to about 100 people at a Monroe County Bar Association speaker’s forum in March. Vasiliy Baziuk

Legal Services Corporation President James J. Sandman will receive the 2012 Washington Council of Lawyers’ Presidents’ Award, recognizing exceptional commitment to public service, pro bono and the public interest community.

The award will be among those presented Dec. 4 at a reception in Washington. Harold Koh, legal adviser for the Department of State, will deliver keynote remarks.

Sandman addressed the Monroe County Bar Association in March, two months after being appointed president, bringing more than three decades of legal experience to the organization.

He practiced with Arnold & Porter LLP from 1977 to 2007 and served as the firm’s managing partner from 1995 to 2005 when the firm received numerous awards including the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award. The firm was also honored by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for its commitment to diversity.

From 2007 to 2011, Sandman served as general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Sandman was president of the District of Columbia Bar from 2006-2007 and served on its board of governors from 2003-2008. He is currently chair of the bar’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, and a member of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. From 2007-2008, he served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

Sandman is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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