For years HAVEN has depended the expertise and generosity of volunteer attorneys. Whether we needed counsel for organizational issues and initiatives or legal aid for clients, volunteer efforts from the legal community have been invaluable.
So, as the year comes to close, we would like to take time to acknowledge the valuable contributions of the volunteer attorneys and legal-aid providers whose energy, understanding, patience, and leadership go a long way in determining outcomes for clients and for all of HAVEN during the course of the year.
We thank them for supporting HAVEN’s mission and for answering the call for help. We consider them part of the HAVEN family.
They may not be recognized every day, but the Ashley Lowe and Catherine McGee of the Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP) are involved with HAVEN on issues of family law on a daily basis. From streamlining processes and paperwork, to providing on-site legal clinics, trainings, and seminars, FLAP has helped develop the type of collaboration that will set the stage our future and the one stop shop model.
Last spring, Paula Ramsey called HAVEN with a desire to help clients. Her non-profit organization, Safe Assurance, was formed specifically to help victims of domestic violence, and she was ready and willing to move forward quickly. She jumped right in with only a few days to prepare for court and never looked back.
Lakeshore Legal Aid
Bill Knight of Lakeshore Legal Aid has become a true partner when it comes to developing innovative legal service programming ideas. His ability to join forces with program directors to create new initiatives, research background data, and quickly respond to RFPs deserves applause.
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
While non-profit organizations play a key role in helping HAVEN provide services for clients, law firms like Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP have generously shared their legal acuity in the form of Board support, legal counsel, and legal representation. For their work, we are most appreciative.
Legal Service Coordination
In September, HAVEN staff invited several attorneys interested in volunteering to join us in creating a committee to develop a more detailed process for coordinating legal services and to address the gaps clients face in accessing legal representation. We would like to thank Alexandra Papasifakis, Ashley E. Lowe, Lara Fetsco Phillip, Mark A. Tomasik, Catherine McGee, and Robert Mathis for their willingness to participate.
Preparing for Divorce
Recently, the advocates in social action and HAVEN’s counseling program joined forces with Ashley Lowe, Director of FLAP and Brian Rookard a bankruptcy attorney with Resnick & Moss, P.C. in order to offer an ongoing seminar to help victims of domestic violence prepare for the divorce process. Ms. Lowe presented material and information on family court, safety and other considerations. Mr. Rookard, a bankruptcy attorney, provided a seminar on financial considerations when divorcing. This is an invaluable service Haven is able to offer our clients and it would not be possible without the commitment Haven received from Ashley Lowe and Brian Rookard.
– Nicole Johnson, Coordinated Services Project Manager, Andrea Redman, HAVEN Therapist.