Elder Justice Staff

Alison Hirschel

Alison Hirschel is the Consulting 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.

Amanda Eicher

Amanda Eicher is the CVLAP-Elder 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, and then moved to CVLAP-DV Staff Attorney. Before joining LSSCM and CVLAP, 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.

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.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

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-Elder Justice Initiative and the CVLAP-Domestic Violence 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.

Eryka Symington

Eryka Symington is the CVLAP-Elder Staff Attorney in the Escanaba office of Legal Service of Northern Michigan. Eryka previously worked as a Staff Attorney for Lakeshore Legal Aid, Associate Attorney for the Darren Findling Law Firm, and Student Intern for the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic.  Eryka received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

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.

Jonathan Tabor

Jonathan Tabor is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Holland County Office of Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Jon previously worked as a Legal Counsel for the Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Project Lead for Lakeshore Legal Aid's Pro Bono Innovation Fund, as a Staff Attorney for the Legal Assistance Foundation in Chicago and Law Clerk for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Jon received his B.A. from University of Michigan and his J.D. from Boston University School 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.

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.

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.

Nicole Shannon

Nicole Shannon is CVLAP's Systemic Advocacy Attorney in Lansing and the Systemic Litigation and Advocacy Attorney at the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative. Previously, Nicole was the Supervising Attorney and a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan’s Lansing office, where she handled foreclosure, consumer, and elder cases for low-income and older clients. Nicole was also a Staff Attorney with Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service where she served adult clients with disabilities in civil rights matters. In her current position, Nicole is focused on systemic issues facing older clients and individuals with disabilities, such as guardianship, long-term care, and public benefits. Nicole has a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a Note Editor on the Michigan Law Review.

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.

Shacara Burrell

Shacara Burrel is the CVLAP-Elder Law Graduate in the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  Shacara is a Mental Health Therapist. She previously worked as a Behavioral Specialist, Parent Educator, and FIMR Family Interviewer with WMU School of Medicine. Shacara has interned at the Western Michigan and Kalamazoo Defenders Offices. She received a B.A. in Family Studies and a J.D from WMU Thomas Cooley Law School. She holds an LLMSW as well as a Certification in Civil Mediation.

Toi Dennis

Toi Dennis is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Ypsilanti Office of Legal Service of South Central Michigan. Toi was previously in private practice as a solo practitioner (Law & Mediation Offices of Toi Dennis) in Ypsilanti where she did probate, estate planning, social security, employment, criminal and personal injury law.  She was also appointed Counsel for the 36th District Court, Legal Project Team Leader in areas of complex civil litigation, an Adjunct Professor at Baker College and a Mediator with the Wayne Mediation Center. Toi received her B.S. from University of Phoenix, a Masters in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and both a Masters in Dispute Resolution and J.D. from  Wayne State University and School of Law.