Elder Justice Staff

Erika Damstetter

Erika Damstetter is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Alpena Office of Legal Services of Northern Michigan. Erika previously clerked for the Innocence Project in Lansing, with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office in Ann Arbor, and the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office in Indio, CA. Erika received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Alison Hirshel

Alison Hirschel is the Managing Attorney of the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative, Director of the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and the Elder Law attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program. She has teaches elder law at the University of Michigan Law School where she also serves as a Public Interest/Public Service Fellow. Alison was previously a staff attorney at Michigan Protection and Advocacy, served as the co-director of the Elderly Law Project and the Director of Planning at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, PA and taught on the adjunct faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Alison is co-editor and one of the authors of Advising the Older Client and Clients with Disabilities (ICLE, 2009). She is the past president of The Consumer Voice in Washington, D.C. and served as a Commissioner on the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. In 2003, Alison received the National Aging and Law award. Alison received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Alicia LeVezu

Alicia LeVezu is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Ingham County Office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Alicia was previously a Fellow at the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington’s School of Law, where she represented and researched children in the foster care system, and worked with the Court Improvement Training Academy, where she coordinating and conducted attorney training related to representation of children. Alicia received her B.A. from University of Washington and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller is the Supervising Attorney of the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in Washtenaw County Office of the Michigan Poverty Law Program. Emily previously worked as a Staff Attorney with the Family Law Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she represented victims of domestic violence, and Staff Attorney in the Florence Office of South Carolina Legal Services, where she practiced family law, public benefits and elder law. Emily received her B.S. from Michigan State University, Masters from Vermont Law School and J.D. from Vermont Law School.

Ian Rothe

Ian Rothe is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Escanaba Office of Legal Services of Northern Michigan. Ian previously clerked at the Sixty Plus, Elder Law Clinic and with the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Ian received his B.S. from the Northern Michigan University in Marquette and his J.D. from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Chris Swartzendruber

Chris Swartzendruber is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Saginaw Office of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Chris was previously a Staff Attorney in the Caro office of Lakeshore Legal Aid, where she handled estate planning, probate, divorce, consumer law and public benefits. She has also worked with as a teacher, in banking where she assisted a certified financial planner and dealt with regulatory compliance for financial institutions. Chris received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.

Roger West

Roger West is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Dearborn Office of Lakeshore Legal Aid. Roger previously worked as a Staff Attorney for U.A.W. Chrysler Legal Services, a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid and Defender Association and he has been a solo practitioner in Detroit, where he assisted with a range of civil legal issues, including estates, family, and consumer, as well as criminal law. Roger received his B.A. from Wayne State University and his J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law.