Neva-Marie Polley Scott 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.
Simone Beach is a staff attorney with the Family Law Unit. She staffs the Custody and Visitation Hotline through which she advises parents throughout the Commonwealth on issues of custody and access to their children. A 2009 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Simone was Assistant Director of the Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where she represented survivors of domestic violence. Simone received her undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is a native of Southern Indiana.
Roy Berwick is an attorney in our Veterans Unit. Prior to coming to Legal Aid he served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the Military Police Corps in the U.S. Army before his retirement after 24 years. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a law degree from the Creighton University School of Law. He is licensed in Kentucky and Nebraska.
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.
Jeff Brown is the Senior Attorney in the Housing and Government Benefits Unit. His work is focused on obtaining disability benefits for homeless clients. Before joining Legal Aid, Jeff served in the U.S. Navy and worked for legal services programs in Alaska, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his J.D. from Indiana University.
Grace Chambers is a staff attorney with the Family Law Unit, where she represents clients in rural communities in divorce actions. Grace began her career in public service as a Staff Attorney with the Department of Public Advocacy. She is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Louisville School of Law.
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.
Jennifer L. Frederick is the Senior Attorney in the Legal Aid Family Law Unit. Before joining Legal Aid, she was an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney, prosecuting child support and juvenile cases. Earlier in her career, she practiced in the private sector, focusing on civil litigation, and was an Assistant Public Defender, representing indigent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies. Jennifer received her J.D. from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Ohio University.
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.
Ashley Gray-Ziba is a staff attorney in the Personal Safety Unit. Prior to joining Legal Aid Society, Ashley worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Ashley received her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law, her masters from American University, and her undergraduate degree from University of Louisville. Ashley is a native of Danville, Kentucky.
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.
Lisa Kilkelly is an 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 Senior Attorney in our Economic Stability Unit. He concentrates his practice on consumer bankruptcy and tax law. A native of New Albany, Indiana, Nick is a graduate of Wabash College and Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Megan Metcalf is a staff attorney with Doctors and Lawyers for Kids. 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 Senior 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 Perkins 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. Stewart is admitted to practice in Kentucky. Prior to joining Legal Aid 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Continuum of Care.
Beth Robinson-Kinney is the Senior Attorney in our Personal Safety Unit. 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.
Colt Sells is a Staff Attorney in our Housing and Government Benefits Unit. A native of Paducah, Kentucky, Colt is a 2015 graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law and a 2012 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Colt is licensed to practice law in both Kentucky and Florida.
Jeffrey Staton is the Senior Attorney in our Health and Vulnerable Populations Unit. 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.
Melissa Weinstein is an attorney in our Economic Stability Unit where she assists clients in legal matters that pose a barrier to employment and financial stability. While in law school, she worked as a Fellow for the CASE project where she represented victims of domestic violence in child custody cases. Before coming to Legal Aid, Melissa worked as a staff attorney for Judge Brian Edwards in state circuit court. Melissa received her J.D. from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University.
Stephanie Willis is the Senior Attorney in our Veterans Unit. 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 Managing Attorney of our Intake/Limited Services Unit. He concentrates his practice on domestic relations, government benefits, 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.