Anne Erickson is president and CEO of the Empire Justice Center, a statewide organization that provides training, support, and technical assistance to legal services programs outside New York City; offers legal assistance and undertakes impact litigation on core legal issues confronting poor and low-income New Yorkers; and engages in legislative and administration advocacy on a broad range of substantive law areas that impact the rights of those in need. Ms. Erickson is a member of Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York and is a member of the Chief Judge’s Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap. She is the former chair of the New York Equal Justice Commission, and helped lead the State’s planning efforts, which led to the statewide reconfiguration of the legal services delivery system. Before entering the world of advocacy, Ms. Erickson was a journalist, working as the first legislative correspondent for WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, providing daily coverage of state government and politics and developing and hosting a weekly half-hour news show, The Legislative Gazette. She now chairs the board of trustees of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. Ms. Erickson is a graduate of State University of New York at New Paltz with a dual major in english/journalism and political science.