BeVier Joins Legal Services Corporation Board

May 1, 2003

Law Professor Lillian BeVier was sworn in April 24 as one of eight new Legal Services Corporation board members. Established by Congress in 1974 to promote indigents' equal access to the courts, LSC is a private, non-profit organization that funded 179 independent legal services programs around the nation in 2002 through a competitive grant application process.

BeVier attended her first LSC board meeting April 25-26 in Santa Fe, where she was elected vice-chairman of the board. The 11-member board, which meets six times a year, is appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. No more than six board members can be of the same political party. The board oversees the LSC staff and sets priorities and policies to ensure the statute authorizing the organization is carried out effectively and efficiently.

"I've been very impressed with how dedicated the staff is and how the past members of the board found it to be a very satisfying experience to be involved in this program," BeVier said. "The LSC provides an important service for indigent people and it's a great opportunity to be a part of it."

Law School alum Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III '72 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit swore in BeVier.

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