Esther F. Lardent is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pro Bono Institute, a highly regarded global public interest organization that offers research, analysis, technical assistance, publications, and training on innovative approaches to enhance access to justice for the poor and disadvantaged. Long active in legal services and the organized bar, Ms. Lardent serves in the ABA’s House of Delegates and has served as chair or member of numerous ABA committees and task forces, including the Commission on Immigration, Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, Commission on Domestic Violence, Task Force on Terrorism, and various ABA committees on pro bono and legal services. She was a member of the ABA Board of Governors from 1996 to 1999. Her international pro bono work includes travel to Australia as a Fulbright Fellow and to Brazil for the Department of State, as well as speaking engagements at conferences in London and Ontario. Most recently, she has been named Co-Chair of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary U.S. LLP’s innovative global pro bono project, New Perimeter. Before joining the Pro Bono Institute, Ms. Lardent served as an independent legal and policy consultant for the Ford Foundation, the American Bar Association, state and local bar associations, public interest and legal services programs, and other clients. From 1977 to 1985, she was the founder and first director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, one of the nation’s first organized pro bono programs, and, in conjunction with that position, administered a nationwide pro bono technical assistance effort from 1981 to 1985. Ms. Lardent received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago.