University of Denver

James J. Sandman

President, Legal Services Corporation

James J. Sandman has been president of the Legal Services Corporation, the United States’ largest funder of civil legal aid programs for low-income people, since 2011. He practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP for 30 years and served as the firm’s managing partner for a decade. He is a past president of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar and a former general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Sandman is chairman of the board of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and a member of the boards of Washington Performing Arts, the College of Saint Rose, Albany Law School, and the Tahirih Justice Center. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, the District of Columbia Bar Pro Bono Committee, the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association’s Center for Innovation, the Board of Advisors of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center on the Future of the Profession, and the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee.

Sandman was named one of the “90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years” by Legal Times in 2008. He has received a number of awards, including the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award and the District of Columbia Bar’s highest honor, the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Award.

Sandman is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as executive editor of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.