Neva-Marie Polley is an attorney and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society. Polley began work at Legal Aid in 2005 as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit, where she served as an advocate for low-income domestic violence victims. Polley developed and launched the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, a partnership with numerous social service organizations that helps victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders and seek safety through the court system. The program now provides free legal representation to about 800 clients annually. In 2013 Polley was named the Legal Aid Society Director of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement which places cases with volunteer attorneys in the private bar. Polley revitalized the program and engaged private attorneys through innovative projects such as Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), Volunteer Lawyers for Veterans, the Pro Bono Guardian Ad Litem Program, and the Economic Development Program.
Polley began her career as an advocate for the poor at the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office in 1999. She received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
Polley is the recipient of numerous professional awards including the 2014 Judge Richard Revell Award presented to the Family Law Practitioner of the Year by the Louisville Bar Association; 2010 Member of the Year presented by the Women Lawyer’s Association of Jefferson County; 2010 Marshall Eldred Award for Excellence in Advocacy presented by the Legal Aid Society; 2000 and 2005 Excellence in Advocacy Award presented by the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy; and the 2003 R.P. McMurphy Award presented by the Louisville Metro Public Defender.
Laura Brent is a staff attorney with the Housing Unit of the Legal Aid Society. Prior to joining Legal Aid in July 2008, Laura practiced law at Mapother & Mapother and Korn Law Firm. Laura is admitted to practice in Kentucky and South Carolina.
Josephine Layne Buckner is a Family Law Staff Attorney and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program Coordinator at the Legal Aid Society. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Josephine was an assistant county attorney for Jefferson County. She prosecuted both Domestic Violence and Child Support cases. As a public defender, she represented indigent clients across the state who were charged with criminal offenses. Josephine received her JD from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, NKU. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville. She is a native of Pikeville, Kentucky.
Sarah Caragianis is the senior attorney in our Family Law Unit. Before joining Legal Aid in March 2008, Sarah, a Lebanon, Kentucky native, worked as a staff attorney at Jefferson County Family Court.
Cassie Chambers is a Skadden Fellow in the Family Law Unit. Her practice focuses on providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence in the rural areas around Louisville. Before joining the Legal Aid Society, Cassie clerked for the Honorable Amul Thapar in the Eastern District of Kentucky. She is a 2015 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Cassie also holds B.S. and M.P.H. degrees from Yale University, and a M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.
Leslie Clemons is a staff attorney who concentrates her practice on government benefits. Leslie is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Maine. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2006, Leslie, a Bath County, Kentucky native, practiced civil law in Bath County and served as an Assistant County Attorney there. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Maine's Office of the Attorney General and as a Law Clerk for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In her spare time, Leslie serves as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.
Tracey Leo Darbro is the Managing Attorney of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement. She focuses on increasing pro bono engagement with the private bar. Tracey has worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She previously served as the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program Coordinator and Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Fellow at the Legal Aid Society. Prior to her admission to the Kentucky Bar, Tracey served as a paralegal in Legal Aid’s Intake and Brief Services Unit and as a law clerk for the Housing Unit doing outreach in eviction court. While in law school, she served as an IOLTA Fellow at the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office.
Matthew Davis is an AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Employment Opportunity Fellow. He assists clients in removing legal barriers to employment. Matthew is a 2014 graduate of the University of Miami (FL) School of Law, and he is admitted to practice law in Kentucky. Prior to his current position, Matthew opened his own private practice and focused on consumer law. Matthew is a native of Louisville, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville.
Sean Dennis is leading our efforts to establish a statewide network of volunteer attorneys to assist with veterans cases. A former AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Fellow, Sean is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid in September 2014, Sean, a native of Michigan, served as an Army Chaplain in the 101st Airborne Division with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lori Goodwin is a staff attorney with the Family Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society. Lori is admitted to practice in Kentucky and Wisconsin. Prior to joining Legal Aid in March 2008, Lori, a Louisville native, was a teacher at a small, private middle school. In addition to her work at the Legal Aid Society, Lori is a member of the Louisville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Melissa Higgins is a staff attorney with the Economic Stability Unit. She concentrates her practice on consumer bankruptcy. Before joining Legal Aid Society in 2016, she worked as an attorney at Community Legal Services, a legal aid organization in Arizona. Melissa is a 2007 graduate of Arizona State University and a 2012 graduate of George Washington University Law School.
Gwendolyn Horton is a staff attorney with the Housing Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society. Gwyn concentrates her practice in landlord-tenant law. She is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society in 2005, Gwyn was a staff attorney at the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office, where she twice received the Ace Award for excellence in advocacy.
Hammad Khan is the Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Fellow at Legal Aid. Hammad obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky. In 2013, Hammad graduated, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. Hammad is licensed in Kentucky and Illinois. Born in Pakistan, Hammad speaks four languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.
Lisa Kilkelly is the senior attorney in the Community Development Unit of the Legal Aid Society. Lisa focuses her practice on non-profit organization law, including corporate, tax, and administrative matters. She is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Previously, Lisa served Legal Aid as staff attorney for the Housing and Rural Units. Lisa, a native of Louisville, joined the Legal Aid Society in 1988.
Nick Maraman is a staff attorney with the Consumer Unit of the Legal Aid Society. He concentrates his practice on consumer bankruptcy and tax law. Prior to his current position, Nick served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow at Legal Aid, helping clients remove legal barriers to employment. A native of New Albany, Indiana, Nick is a graduate of Wabash College and Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Ronald Marstin is the Managing Attorney of the Intake-Limited Services Unit. Ron concentrates his practice on domestic relations, government benefits, and general civil legal matters. He is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Before joining Legal Aid in 1991, Ron, a native of Australia, was a journalist in Eastern Kentucky.
Megan Metcalf is a staff attorney in the Intake-Limited Services Unit. Megan’s practice focuses on domestic relations, government benefits, and elder law. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2016, Megan served as the inaugural Charles Warfield Fellow at the Tennessee Justice Center in Nashville, TN, advocating for seniors and people with disabilities in the Medicaid long-term care programs. Megan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and the University of Pittsburgh.
Eileen L. Ordover is a staff attorney in Legal Aid's Community Development Unit, where she represents nonprofit organizations in a variety of matters. She previously served as Project Director for the HIV/AIDS Legal Project. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2004, Eileen, a native of New York, worked as an attorney at the Center for Law and Education in Boston, where she represented low-income students, parents, and community groups. She is the author of Education Rights of Children With Disabilities: A Primer for Advocates and is a Founding Director of the Center for Accessible Living.
Jenn Pence is a staff attorney working with Project H.E.L.P., where she assists homeless clients in obtaining pro bono legal representation. Jenn is a 2015 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and she is admitted to practice law in Kentucky. Jenn was selected from her graduating class as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Law Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers, and she was also the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship in Family Law awarded by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Prior to working with Project H.E.L.P., Jenn served as the AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow at Legal Aid where she assisted clients in removing legal barriers to employment.
S. Stewart Pope is an attorney and Advocacy Director at the Legal Aid Society. He focuses his practice on housing and consumer law. Stewart is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2000, Stewart worked as an attorney at Thomas & Dodson. He also ran his own private practice. Stewart, a native of Louisville, has served on several foreclosure prevention task forces, and he teaches paralegal courses at Daymar College.
Beth Robinson is the staff attorney for the Doctors & Lawyers for Kids program. A 2013 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Beth has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence. She was the recipient of the prestigious Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship in Family Law awarded by the University of Louisville and was recognized for her exemplary work in the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic. As a volunteer for the Center for Women and Families, Beth serves as an on-call hospital/rape crisis advocate.
Stephanie K. Schulte is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow. Stephanie is a 2014 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to becoming a Veterans Fellow, Stephanie participated in the Legal Aid Society Apprentice Program.
Dallas J. Selvy is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow. Dallas graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review and competed on the ABA Arbitration Moot Court Team. She is licensed to practice in Kentucky. During law school she received several awards, including the prestigious Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship in Family Law, which allowed her to gain experience at the Legal Aid Society prior to graduating. She received her undergraduate degree in Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Jeffrey Staton is a staff attorney who joined Legal Aid in December 2008. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Jeff worked for the State of Minnesota Public Defender representing indigent clients charged with serious criminal felonies. Jeff also has experience representing clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil cases, and he has worked as an advocate for the mentally and physically disabled.
Ben Taylor is a contract attorney with Doctors & Lawyers for Kids, where he assists children whose legal issues have resulted in adverse health effects. An East Coast native, Ben is a 2007 graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law and a 2004 graduate of Villanova University. Ben is licensed to practice law in Kentucky, New York and Connecticut.
Stephanie Willis is a staff attorney with the Consumer Unit of the Legal Aid Society. She concentrates her practice on consumer debt litigation. Stephanie is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2004, Stephanie, a Louisville native, worked as a staff attorney at the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office.
John Young is the senior staff attorney in our Consumer Unit. He concentrates his practice on consumer law, family law, tax law, and general civil legal matters. John is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid in 2001, John , a native of Ohio, worked for the Rural Legal Aid Society in Xenia, Ohio, and the Department of Public Advocacy in Somerset, Kentucky. In addition to his work at Legal Aid, John participates in the Louisville Bar Association’s Latino Legal Clinic.