Domestic Violence Staff

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.

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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.

Marla LeMae

Marla LeMae is the CVLAP- DV Staff Attorney in the Legal Aid of Western Michigan Kalamazoo office. Prior to joining CVLAP, she worked as a Law Clerk for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. She graduated Cum Laude from WMU Cooley Law School. Before entering law school, she earned her MSW from Western Michigan University, and BA in Psychology from The Evergreen State College in Washington State. She previously practiced as a Social Worker, working mainly with homeless individuals, justice involved youth and families. Marla speaks Spanish.  

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.

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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.

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 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.

Brittany Tucker

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.

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.

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.