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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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