Elder Justice Staff

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.

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 Purdue 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.

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.

Alison Hirshel

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.

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.

Elder Kristina Martin

Kristina Martin is a Staff Attorney for the CVLAP-Elder Justice Initiative in the Ingham County Office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Kristina was previously a Staff Attorney in LSSCM’s Ingham County Office, where her practice focused on elder, family and poverty law. Kristina was also previously a Legal Extern with the City of Warren Attorney’s Office and the Ingham County Probate Court. Kristina received her B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

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.

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.

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.

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.