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Jeff Been is an attorney and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society. Jeff previously served as Project Director for the HIV/AIDS Legal Project. Prior to his work with Legal Aid, Jeff served as a prosecutor, judicial law clerk, staff attorney for the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and on the faculty at the Indiana School of Law. He was also Director of the AIDS Legal Project for Indiana Legal Services. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Jeff is an author of several articles on constitutional rights. He is a member of the Indiana and Kentucky Bar Associations and has served as a board member on various civic and professional organizations, including the Louisville Bar Association and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission.
Jeff is the recipient of several awards for his professional service, including the Brandeis School of Law’s Dean Service Award and the Louisville Bar Association’s Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award.
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.
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 a staff attrorney in our Family Law Unit. Prior to her admission to the Kentucky Bar in April of 2010, Tracey served as a paralegal in Legal Aid’s Intake Brief Services Unit. Tracey previously worked at Legal Aid as a Tenants’ Counselor law clerk. 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.
Andrea Hunt is a staff attorney with Doctors and Lawyers for Kids at the University of Louisville Pediatrics. She focuses her practice on civil litigation and is admitted to practice in Kentucky and New York. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Michigan Law School.
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 the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow. Prior to his current position, Nick led Legal Aid's CHIPRA program, enrolling children and teens in health insurance coverage. He gained significant experience working with low-income and vulnerable clients during law school at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in Covington, Kentucky, and at AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly in Washington, DC. 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.
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.
Neva-Marie Polley is the Managing Attorney of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement. Admitted to practice in Kentucky, Neva was a Legal Aid staff attorney who concentrated her practice on family law from 2005 to 2010 and was the recipient of the Marshall Eldred Award for Excellence in Advocacy in 2010. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Neva worked for the Louisville Metro Public Defender where she twice received the Excellence in Advocacy award from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. Neva is an alumna of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of law, a graduate of the Louisville Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, and has served on the Board of the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County, receiving the Outstanding Member of the Year Award in 2010.
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.
Soha Saiyed is a staff attorney in the Rural Unit at the Legal Aid Society and focuses her practice on civil litigation. Soha is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid in July 2008, Soha served as a Compliance Officer at Expungement Assistance Services.
Lindsay E. Volk is an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow. A 2013 graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, Lindsay is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to becoming a Veterans Fellow, Lindsay was an active volunteer in Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyer Program, working in the Doctors and Lawyers for Kids Program, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, and the Pro Se Divorce Clinics. While in law school, Lindsay worked as a research clerk at Friedberg & Bunge, a civil litigation firm in San Diego. Prior to law school, Lindsay worked at Legal Aid as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Foreclosure Conciliation Project, helping Louisville families facing foreclosure.
Rita Ward is a staff attorney in the Rural Unit at the Legal Aid Society. Rita focuses her practice on civil litigation and is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Before joining Legal Aid in 2000, Rita was a school teacher and a Jefferson County Public Defender. She also worked 11 years for Kentucky Protection and Advocacy. Rita, a native of Southern Indiana, is the author of several legal articles and has conducted numerous trainings to community and professional groups about the rights of disabled children.
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