2014 Service to Society Award
John Eidleman, ’66 Political Science, is Senior Program Counsel in the Office of Program Performance for Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC supporting legal service programs to low-income Americans across the U.S. Its board of directors is appointed by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate. John was Acting Vice President for Compliance & Administration at LSC from 2003 to 2006. John works with field programs to improve service delivery and leads LSC’s efforts in providing support and information on disaster planning. Currently he is administrating a grant program for legal services providers in New York and New Jersey representing survivors of Superstorm Sandy.
John’s career and volunteer efforts have always focused on serving others. In addition to his work with LSC, John was a legal services lawyer with the Legal Aid Bureau in Maryland from 1970 to 1995 representing low-income clients is various civil cases. John is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) in Baltimore. The mission of HPRP is to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
John has been an annual donor to the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State since 1983. John and his wife, Susan Bennett, a Professor of Law and Director of Community & Economic Development Law Clinic at American University, live in Baltimore, MD.