The latest Reasonably Speaking podcast episode welcomes several accomplished lawyers who lead legal services organizations and who are working hard to assist people with critical legal needs. Our country has long struggled to meet the needs of people who cannot afford legal services and the COVID crisis has only exacerbated these needs. These leaders discuss how they are persevering in their efforts to serve their clients and how the COVID crisis may be providing a push and a path toward long-term improvements in our system.


Lynn A. Jennings

Legal Services Corporation

Lynn A. Jennings is the Vice President for grants management of Legal Services Corporation. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing LSC’s day-to-day programmatic operations, managing the Corporation’s annual grant-making process, supervising grantee assessment and oversight.

David F. Levi

Duke Law School

David F. Levi is the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean Emeritus of Law at Duke University and Director Emeritus of the Bolch Judicial Institute. He is  President of The American Law Institute. He was previously the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. The 14th dean of Duke Law School, he served from 2007 to 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and a United States district judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

Ronald S. Flagg

Legal Services Corporation

Ronald S. Flagg is President of the Legal Services Corporation and has served as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel since 2013.  He previously practiced commercial and administrative litigation at Sidley Austin LLP for 31 years, 27 years as a partner. He chaired the firm’s Committee on Pro Bono and Public Interest Law for more than a decade. 

Raun J. Rasmussen

Legal Services NYC

Raun J. Rasmussen was named Executive Director of Legal Services NYC in June 2011. He has been a member of the LSNYC family for over 30 years, serving as LSNYC's Chief of Litigation and Advocacy since 2003. He began his career as a housing attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services and later became SBLS's Director of Litigation, supporting the development of affirmative litigation, helping to create one of the first foreclosure prevention projects in the country, and developing the Child Care Network Support Project, which provides legal services and training to home-based child care providers.

Laura Tuggle

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Laura Tuggle is the Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS). She has served as the Executive Director since May 2014 and began her career at SLLS in 1993 as a staff attorney. Previously, Ms. Tuggle managed SLLS’ Housing Law Unit, right after Hurricane Katrina from 2005-2010. Prior to joining SLLS, she served as General Counsel and Director of Client Services as part of a reform administration at the long troubled Housing Authority of New Orleans from August 2010-April 2013. After the agency transitioned back to local control, she returned to SLLS.

Yvonne Mariajimenez

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Yvonne Mariajimenez is the Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County was raised in East Los Angeles and was an advocate and interpreter for her mother in a government-funded mental health system ill equipped to treat poor immigrants. The experience instilled in her a passion for advocacy, and she began her career at NLSLA as a paralegal in 1978. She became Executive Director after 41 years at the organization, having served in various roles as a Staff, Managing, and Senior Attorney and Deputy Director.

Jennifer Morinigo

The American Law Institute


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