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Adams and Reese is pleased to announce that Lucian Pera, a Partner in the firm’s Memphis office, has been appointed to the Leadership Council of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) by the organization’s Board of Directors.

LSC’s esteemed Leadership Council is comprised of legal, corporate, and academic professionals from across the country. As a member of this high-profile group, Pera will work to raise public awareness nationally on the justice gap and the need for increased civil legal aid.

LSC was created by Congress in the early 1970s to help bridge the disparity between low-income citizens and their access to meaningful civil legal aid. The organization is the largest funder of legal aid for low-income Americans and distributes grants to more than 100 independent legal aid programs throughout the U.S.

Pera’s practice includes civil trial work, including commercial litigation and media law, and he counsels and represents lawyers, law firms, and others on questions of legal ethics and the professional responsibility of lawyers. A Memphis native, he is a graduate of Princeton University and Vanderbilt University School of Law and served as a law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Harry W. Wellford. Pera joined Adams and Reese in 2006 to help open the firm’s Memphis office, after practicing law for 20 years with Armstrong Allen, PLLC.

Pera has served as president of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the national membership organization of lawyers who work in the legal ethics arena. He has chaired and served as a member of the editorial board of the ABA/Bloomberg Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct. He has chaired ethics committees for the ABA Section of Business Law and the Media Law Resource Center Defense Counsel Section. He recently completed a three-year term as chair of the governing board of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. He currently serves as President of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.

He is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation, and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of First Amendment Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, and Legal Malpractice Law.

Pera is a former American Bar Association Treasurer and has served on the ABA Board of Governors and Executive Committee. With the exception of three years in the late 1990s, he has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1991. He is also a past President of the Tennessee Bar Association.