Friday, April 29, 2016
Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall
1215 West Michigan Street
Complimentary parking is available on site.
Martha Bergmark is executive director of Voices for Civil Justice, a national organization serving as a communications hub for civil legal aid. This network of more than 700 spokespeople seeks to tell the story of what civil legal aid is and to convey the role it plays in assuring fairness for all in the justice system.
In 2003, Bergmark launched the Mississippi Center for Justice, a civil legal aid organization whose mission is to advance racial and economic justice through systemic change. The center seeks to fill the gap in statewide advocacy left by reductions and restrictions in federal funding for civil legal aid.
Previously Bergmark served as president and executive vice president of the Legal Services Corporation, which administers federal funding for civil legal aid organizations nationwide, and as senior vice president for programs of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She began her career as a civil rights and legal aid lawyer in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she was founding executive director of the first civil legal aid organization in that region.
Bergmark is a graduate of Oberlin College, earned her law degree at the University of Michigan, and holds honorary doctorates from Oberlin College and Millsaps College.
This event honors Marquette University Law School students who have performed 50 or more hours of pro bono service during law school. These hours are entirely voluntary; the students receive neither monetary compensation nor academic credit. The event also remembers Gene Posner, L '36, and celebrates the generosity of the Gene and Ruth Posner Foundation in supporting the Law School's public service work.
Remembrance of Gene Posner, L'36, and Introduction of the Event
Joseph D. Kearney and Joshua L. Gimbel
Posner Pro Bono Exchange
Martha Bergmark with Mike Gousha
Induction of Law Students into the Pro Bono Society
Reception (immediately follows at 5:00 p.m.)