Rhonda Stanger

The Project

My project at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is to provide legal representation to victims of domestic violence at protection order hearings, and with matters related to custody and divorce. In Kentucky, there are a large number of rural counties with limited access to legal representation for victims of domestic violence. I will be expanding the services offered to this population of clients in these rural communities by personally representing them or referring them to our volunteer attorney's for that area.

The Inspiration

The Project

To undertake direct representation of young adults to help them secure needed services to prepare for life out of the foster care system including representation in educational issues and juvenile related issues as they impact civil legal needs. Further, the AppalRed Children’s Rights Clinic will engage in outreach and training to raise awareness of the needs of the legal rights of youth that are aging out of the foster care system, educate and advise youth of services and resources that may assist them in their transition.

The Project

As an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, I will be focusing on domestic violence and custody disputes arising therefrom with a focus on increasing awareness and resources for domestic violence victims in rural counties. Unfortunately, there were 18 deaths from intimate partner violence in Kentucky during the past year, our program includes, reviewing a lethality index that lawyers can use in an attempt to determine how much risk his/her client is facing.

The Inspiration

The Project

I provide pre-foreclosure, foreclosure, and housing-related counseling statewide through the Pro Seniors hotline. I also provide both limited and full court representation to clients trying to keep their homes in Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler Counties. I communicate and collaborate with the the other state Legal Aid organizations, housing counselors and other community partners to further statewide housing efforts.

The Inspiration

The Project

Alisé M. Pilson provided direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and with income eligible military families on issues including landlord tenant matters, home foreclosures, health and disability benefits issues, child support and other family law matters, consumer and medical debt, legal matters related to financial planning, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement issues. Second, Alisé M. Pilson worked with community partner agencies, to create protocols and facilitate referrals. Third, Alisé M. Pilson delivered presentations at Veterans’ Centers on legal topics of broad appeal and create educational materials to be shared with host staff statewide.

This Fellowship was an incredible opportunity to help veterans, which has historically been an underserved population. Through the various networking and partnership opportunities with other veteran organizations, our society will continue to see great strides in veterans support.

Alisé M. Pilson’s passion for justice and my overall tenacity made her the right person for this project.

Fellowship Highlights

During her Fellowship, Alisé M. Pilson participated in providing direct legal representation and educational outreach for veterans and the community. It was accomplished by connecting with as many veterans organizations as possible and creating strong, enduring relationships with those organizations. Throughout her time as a Fellow, she was able to make a positive impact on society by fighting against injustices.

The Project

The Legal Aid Society’s Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Fellow will work to address legal barriers to employment of economically disadvantaged individuals. The Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to low-income individuals with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, denial or revocation of an occupational license, and loss of a driver’s license.