Domestic Violence Staff

Anastassia Kolosova

Anastassia Kolosova is a Staff Attorney with the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative in the Family Law Project office in Ypsilanti. Ana was previously an American Bar Association Taxation Section Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellow with the Accounting Aid Society Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, a Summer Clerk with Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the Michigan Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and a Student Clinician with University of Michigan's Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Ana received her B.A. from Whitman College, a Graduate Certificate from Hopkins-Nanjing Center and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Brooke Wilsner

Brooke Wilsner is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney housed at Legal Aid of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids. Prior to joining CVLAP, she was a law clerk and staff attorney for the 9th Judicial Chancery District of Mississippi, which primarily focused on family law. A native Mississippian, she received her B.A. from Millsaps College and her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Catherine Villanueva

Catherine Villanueva is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) in the Kalamazoo office. Prior to joining CVLAP-DV, she worked in private practice and represented clients pro bono for MIRC. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Catherine worked in marketing and owned her own business before earning her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law. She speaks Spanish.

David Ballard

David Ballard is the Supervising Attorney for Northern Michigan and is housed in the Michigan Indian Legal Services. David previously worked as an Elder Justice Fellow Attorney at Alaska Legal Services,  the Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney for Legal Aid of Western Michigan, and Staff Attorney for CVLAP-Elder at LAWM.  David received his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller is the Managing Attorney of the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative and 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.

Jamila Odeh

Jamila Odeh is a Law School Graduate with the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative in the Saginaw County Office of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Jamila previously worked as a Law Clerk/Student Attorney with Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic at University of Michigan, the Refugee Law Office at Legal Aid Ontario and the Michigan Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic where she served clients with a wide variety of legal issues, including housing, public benefits, immigration and consumer issues. Jamila received her B.A. from Amherst College and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Jennifer Sheldon

Jennifer Sheldon is the CVLAP-Elder & DV Staff Attorney in the Gaylord office of Legal Services of Northern Michigan.  Jennifer previously served as Attorney Referee and Probate Register in Barry County was a Prosecutor for the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and Adjunct Professor of Law for Lake Superior State Univeristy.  Jennifer received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the Southwestern University School of Law.

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Jessica Rundle is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Lansing office of Legal Service of South Central Michigan. Jessica previously worked as a Law Clerk for Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, Legal Intern for Crenshaw Peterson & Associates, and Adjunct Instructor for both Jackson College and Schoolcraft College.  Jessica received her B.A. from Oakland University, a Masters from Texas A&M, and her J.D. from the Michigan State University College of Law. 

Kathleen Allen

Kathleen Allen is the Supervising Attorney of the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative and the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in Washtenaw County Office of the Michigan Poverty Law Program. Kathleen has been in both private practice and public interest where she has practiced housing, consumer, family and public benefits law. Most recently she was Staff Attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid and a Managing Attorney in Legal Aid of Western Michigan. She also founded and was Legal Director of Michigan's first Pro Se Tax Clinic. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University and earned her J.D. from Valparaiso School of Law.

Kendall Dingwall

Kendall Dingwall is a Staff Attorney with the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative in Legal Aid of Western Michigan's Muskegon office. Kendall was previously an a Judicial Assistance for 7th Judicial Circuit Court of Genesee County, a Judicial Extern with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a Clerk with the Illinois Attorney General's Office and a Legal Intern at both Catholic Charities Legal Assistance and Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.  Kendall received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, LL.M in International Law and she studied abroad in both Germany and South Africa.

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Lauren Ykimoff is the CVLAP-DV attorney in the Jackson office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Prior to her current position, she was a Judicial Law Clerk in the 56th Circuit Court.  She was also a Law Clerk in the Lansing office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Central Florida where she earned her B.S.  She received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. 

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Linda J. Kellum is the CVLAP-DV attorney in the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Prior to her current position, she was a staff attorney in the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan, representing seniors in various legal matters.  She graduated Cum Laude from both Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she earned her law degree and Western Michigan University, with a BBA degree. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Meredith Luneack

Meredith Luneack is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. Meredith previously worked as a Staff Attorney for Immigration Services & Legal Advocacy in New Orleans, they were a Legal Fellow at the New Orleans Worker's Center for Racial Justice and a Student Attorney at the Immigration Clinic at UT School of Law.  Meredith received their B.A. from the University of Michigan and their J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. 

Michael Kiehne

Michael Kiehne is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Monroe office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  Michael previously worked as a Staff Attorney for the Michigan Legal Help Program, as a Certification Specialist for the Minority Business Development Agency, and as Project Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.  Michael received his B.A. from New Mexico State University, a Masters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution, and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Nathan Frischkorn

Nathan Frischkorn is the CVLAP-DV Law Graduate in the Marquette office of Legal Services of Northern Michigan.  Nathan previously clerked for Earthjustice, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (Office of General Counsel), and the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.  Nathan received his B.S. from Northern Michigan University and his J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Rebecca Shiemke

Rebecca Shiemke is the Consulting Attorney of the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project’s Domestic Violence Initiative (CVLAP-DV). She is also the family law attorney at the Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP), a cooperative project of the Michigan Advocacy Program and the University of Michigan Law School. Rebecca is also the managing attorney of the Family Law Project, which represents and advises low-income domestic violence survivors in family law matters in Washtenaw County. Rebecca is a current member and a past co-chair of the State Bar of Michigan Domestic Violence Committee, a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, and currently active in the Amicus Committee and the Domestic Violence Committee. Rebecca received her B.A. from Albion College and her J.D. from Wayne State University.

Ruby Robinson

Ruby Robinson, Managing Attorney for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), supervises the CVLAP-DV attorneys in the MIRC offices who focus on immigration law. Ruby worked as a staff attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid's Counsel & Advocacy Law Line and at LA VIDA, a partnership of Lakeshore Legal Aid and Community Health and Social Services, Inc. During law school, he worked as student attorney with the school's Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, during which he represented clients in asylum cases. Prior to law school, Ruby served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA in Brooklyn, NY for a social services agency. Ruby graduated from Wayne State University Law School and the University of Michigan.

Sharron Sanders

Sharron Sanders is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Cass Corridor - Detroit office of Lakeshore Legal Aid. She previously worked as an associate attorney at Woodward Law Group and as the communications manager and acting compliance officer for the Wayne County Employees Retirement System. She earned her B.A. from University of Michigan and J.D. from Michigan State University's College of Law where she was a student clinician in the Prisoners Rights Clinic.

Sokainah Mahmutovic

Sokainah Mahmutovic,  is a Staff Attorney with the CVLAP-Domestic Violence Initiative in the Michigan Immigrant Right Center office in Grand Rapids. Her focus is on immigration relief available to victims of domestic violence and crime. Sokainah graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in International Relations, concentrating on Middle Eastern Studies, and a minor in Political Science. She is a graduate from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she received her Juris Doctor degree. While attending law school, Sokainah interned for MIRC’s Grand Rapids office which allowed her to advance her knowledge and expand her interest in immigration law. She is a passionate world traveler and has a strong devotion to human rights and social justice. Sokainah is fluent in Arabic.

Stephanie Saad

Stephanie Saad is a CVLAP-DV attorney working in Lakeshore Legal Aid’s Pontiac office. She graduated from Wayne State University Law School and Ferris State University. She. During and before law school, she interned at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in the General Trials Unit. She also interned at the Solution Oriented Domestic Violence Prevention Court in Wayne County Circuit Court, in the PPO Courtroom and on the Family Law Docket. She has represented domestic violence survivors in a variety of cases, including divorce and custody, personal protection matters, contracts, and landlord tenant.

Taylor Karam

Taylor Karam is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Flint Office of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. Taylor previously worked as a Staff Attorney for LSEM, Lakeshore Legal Aid and the International Institute of Akron. Taylor received her B.A. from Marietta College and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.