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Ginger Devaney

Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Legal Clinic   I work as a legal aid attorney in a domestic violence nonprofit in Chicago. I help clients who have experienced domestic violence achieve safety first, through Orders of Protection, and then immigration security as well. My clients are resilient, resourceful people, and I…...

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I. Ryan Neville

Associate, Wills Massalon & Allen LLC   Providing services to those in need is one of the main reasons I became a lawyer.  It truly is the most rewarding work.  The survivors you’re helping through the DLS Committee are very appreciative of the work you do for them because it…...

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Dan Wade

Staff Attorney, United Policyholders     As Staff Attorney for United Policyholders, a national non-profit organization that assists individual consumers and disaster survivors with insurance claim and coverage issues, I have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services (“DLS”) Program. The DLS Program coordinates legal…...

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Andrew VanSingel

Director of Low Income Tax Clinic   Throughout law school, I demonstrated an interest in public service by volunteering with an Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic, where I experienced firsthand the value and need for pro bono work.  This experience prepared me for my first legal job, which is running…...

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Wendy Huff Ellard

Baker Donelson After a very rewarding internship with a public interest firm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, I started with the Firm in 2007 and quickly began working to cultivate a full-time law practice based on my passion – assisting entities prepare for and respond to natural…...

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Sara Sommarstrom

Vetlaw Director at Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans     I run a legal assistance program within a social service agency in Minnesota, and our mission is to end homelessness among veterans.  That may sound like the impossible dream, but we have come a long way in the years that…...

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Jeff Yungman

Director and Staff Attorney, One80 Place Homeless Justice Project     I began my career as a police officer in New Orleans.  I loved the job but realized that I actually cared more about social justice than criminal justice. So, I went back to school and earned two masters degrees…...

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Steve Binder

Deputy Public Defender, County of San Diego and cofounder of Homeless Court Program and Veterans Treatment Courts   I started working with the homeless population as a new attorney in a new office.  The Public Defender’s office had just formed to take on all criminal cases in San Diego County,…...

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Mercedes Badia -Tavas

  I am of counsel in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where I practice immigration and naturalization law and regularly counsel Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals. The focus comes naturally to me, as I was a child when my family came to the U.S. from…...

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Jackson Hille

I’ve been closely following the ABA’s Legal Aid Defender Campaign, and I wanted to thank you personally for expertly re-emphasizing how devastating the elimination of federal funding for the LSC could be to so many already vulnerable communities in America. Over the past few weeks, I have kind of made…...

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