Albany Law School Trustee James Sandman was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), an independent research center that develops nonpartisan research in several fields including the arts, democracy & justice, education, science, global affairs, and energy.
AAAS was founded in 1780 during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock, James Bowdoin, Andrew Oliver, and other Founding Fathers of the United States. At present, AAAS represents innovative thinkers in every field, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.
Sandman is Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law. He is also President Emeritus of the Legal Services Corporation, which he served as President from 2011 to 2020. The corporation is the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans.
He addressed the Class of 2020 at their Commencement ceremony on May 21, 2021, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Albany Law. Since 2016, he has served as a trustee of Albany Law School in honor of his father, Edgar Sandman '46.