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ARAG Promotes Affordable Legal Access By Leading Group Legal Services Association

ARAG®, a leading provider of legal insurance, announced today that ARAG Corporate Counsel Nicolle Schippers was elected president of the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA)

ARAG Promotes Affordable Legal Access By Leading Group Legal Services Association

DES MOINES, Iowa, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ARAG®, a leading provider of legal insurance, announced today that ARAG Corporate Counsel Nicolle Schippers was elected president of the Group Legal Services Association (GLSA). In addition, Jean Clauson, ARAG Provider Relations Recruiting Manager, was elected to the GLSA board and voted to serve as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Education Committee.

GLSA is a professional membership association affiliated with the American Bar Association. It is dedicated to providing affordable access to quality legal services through legal service plans, such as legal insurance.

"My passion is championing legal plans as the solution for the access to justice problems the United States faces," says Schippers. "In 2014, our country was ranked 64 out of 99 countries for overall accessibility and affordability of justice.1Legal plans are an existing model that has proven successful in improving access to legal services for millions of Americans."

"The work Jean and I do through GLSA pushes our society to begin thinking about legal plans the same way we think about medical plans," Schippers continues. "These are services everyone should have access to, regardless of income, education, language or location."

Schippers has been a member of GLSA for more than seven years and was first elected to the board in 2013. She has served as Corporate Counsel for ARAG since 2007. Clauson has been a member of GLSA for more than five years and will serve a three-year term on the board. She has served as Provider Relations Recruiting Manager since 2008. Both women are committed to ensuring a future where legal services are affordable for everyone.

"This is an important time for the legal plan industry, with technology advancements and proposed regulation changes," says Schippers. "What an exciting time to be part of a group that can help lead the way in shaping the future of legal services."

About ARAG:
ARAG ® (www.ARAGlegal.com) is a leader in legal insurance. It provides people with affordable and reliable legal counsel for everyday life matters. The company has an international premium base of more than $2 billion and protects 15.5 million individuals and their families – worldwide. We give you the freedom and control to embrace life's opportunities.

ARAG's North American headquarters are based in Des Moines, Iowa. We've earned the prestigious Center of Excellence Award for eight consecutive years (2007-2014) and have been named a Top 100 Call Center by BenchMark Portal for five consecutive years (2011-2015), continuing our track record of industry-leading customer service. ARAG team members voted ARAG a Best Places to Work in Insurance (2009-2014).

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Media Contact:
Jen Harken, Corporate Communications Manager
Jen.Harken@ARAGgroup.com or 515-237-0271

1 Agrast, Mark David, Juan Carlos Botero, Joel Martinez, Alejandro Ponce, & Christine S. Pratt. The World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2014. Washington, D.C.: The World Justice Project, 2014.

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