Elder Justice Staff

David Ballard

David Ballard is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Kent County Office of Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Dave was previously a Law Clerk at Elder Law and Advocacy Center, where he assisted with a range of legal issues including housing, consumer, benefits and estate planning, and a Summer Law Clerk with Pisgah Legal Services in Ashville, North Carolina, where he helped serve low-income clients on the Consumer Protection Team. Dave received his B.A. from Perdue University and his J.D. from University of Notre Dame Law School.

Natalie Cherry

Natalie Cherry is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Oakland County Office of Lakeshore Legal Aid. Natalie previously worked as a Staff Attorney for U.A.W. Chrysler Legal Services and she was a solo practitioner in Detroit, where she assisted with a range of civil legal issues, including family, probate, elder, housing, consumer, social security and bankruptcy law. Natalie received her B.G.S. from Wayne State University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

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.

Laura Kubit

Laura Kubit is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Saginaw County Office of Legal Aid of Eastern Michigan. Laura was previously a Staff Attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid's Caro office, where she focused her litigation practice on elder and public benefits law. Previously, Laura was an Associate Attorney in private practice focusing on consumer protection work. Laura also worked as a legal intern for the Wayne and Macomb County prosecutor’s offices and with the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Laura received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University 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.

Brittany Paulk

Brittany Paulk is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Jackson County Office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Britany was previously a Judicial Attorney for the Jackson County Circuit/Probate Court, Legal Intern at Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office and she worked at the Plea and Sentencing Legal Clinic at MSU College of Law. Brittany received her B.H. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

Mireille Phillips is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Mt. Clemens Office of Lakeshore Legal Aid. Mireille was previously a Legal Research and Writing Instructor at Wayne State University. She was also in private practice at Hackett & Maxwell and Dawn Phillips-Hertz & Associates where she practiced doing family, media, commercial and railroad litigation. Mireille received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.

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.