Leah Engle

  • Hosted by Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Service location Champaign , Illinois
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program Veterans Legal Corps

The Project

Leah serves low-income veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through partnerships with Veterans Justice Outreach at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Salvation Army, and Veterans Assistance Commission, she assists clients with housing issues, problems with health and disability benefits, child support and other family law matters, consumer and medical debt, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement/sealing of criminal records issues.

Low income veterans often face significant legal challenges that can make it difficult for them to build successful civilian lives. An attorney can help veterans to navigate the legal system, and achieve positive outcomes to help them rebuild.

Throughout law school, Leah sought out work in legal aid and legal services, providing direct representation to clients facing poverty. With two brothers currently serving in the Navy, Leah is aware of the toll military service can take, and is eager to use her prior legal aid experience to be an effective advocate for our veterans.

Fellowship Highlights

During Leah’s Fellowship, Leah:

  • Represented veteran clients in legal proceedings
  • Strengthened current community partnerships and work to build new partnerships with local veteran centers
  • Developed direct outreach materials for veterans on their legal rights

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