Domestic Violence Staff

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Visishta (Vee) Boeringa is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Muskegon office of Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Prior to joining CVLAP, she was a solo practitioner representing clients in abuse and juvenile cases. During law school, she was a student attorney in the Access to Justice Clinic and interned at the Muskegon Family Court and Muskegon Prosecutor’s Office. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Amanda Eicher

Amanda Eicher is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Monroe office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM).  She worked for a number of years as a staff attorney for LSSCM, primarily representing domestic violence survivors.  Before joining LSSCM, she worked in private practice on an array of matters, including family law cases. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and earned her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.  Amanda is a member of the Lenawee County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Lenawee County Domestic Violence Task Force.

Jaymee Geneseo

Jaymee Geneseo is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in for Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. She previously clerked for a Circuit Court in Midland. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University and earned her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law where she was a student attorney in the First Amendment Clinic and interned for the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office and Michigan Attorney General.

Amber Libby

Amber Libby is a CVLAP-DV staff attorney in the Gaylord office of Legal Services of Northern Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Central Michigan University. She earned her J.D. from Western Michigan University. While at WMU, Amber completed a directed study on Community Responses to Domestic Violence in Northern Michigan. Amber also interned for the 7th Circuit Court in Flint under Honorable Judge Joseph Farah assisting with both criminal and civil matters.

Amy Myers

Amy Myers is the Supervising Attorney for CVLAP-DV and works in the Washtenaw County office of the Michigan Poverty Law Program. Prior to joining CVLAP, she taught clinics at American University Washington College of Law, including the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Women and the Law Clinic, and courses including Domestic Violence Law. Before teaching, she was a Skadden Fellow and then a supervising attorney at Women Empowered Against Violence in Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee) and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Gabby O'Connor

Gabby O’Connor is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid’s Cass Corridor office in Wayne County. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her JD from Michigan State University College of Law, where she was a student attorney in the First Amendment Clinic. She also interned for Legal Services of South Central Michigan and worked as an investigator for the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.

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Veronica (Nickie) Perera is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney in the Lansing office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. She previously worked as a staff attorney for the Center for Civil Justice in Flint, MI, and as an attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid on the Counsel and Advocacy Call Line. She earned her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a student attorney in the Human Trafficking Clinic.

Katy Reed

Katy Reed is a CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek. Prior to joining CVLAP, Katy worked in solo private practice focusing on family law, mental health proceedings, and civil litigation. She is an honors graduate of Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Katy is on the Advisory Board for Sexual Assault Services of Calhoun County, the Calhoun County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, and the Domestic Violence Committee of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

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.

Rebecca Shiemke

Rebecca Shiemke is the Managing 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.

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Brittany Tucker is the CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney for the Lakeshore Legal Aid office in Warren. She earned both a B.A and M.A. degree from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. She is also a PhD candidate in sociology with a specialization in women and gender.  During law school, Brittany completed a Family and Childhood Advocacy Certificate through the University’s Chance at Childhood Program. Brittany is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

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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.

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.