Our mission is to provide civil justice to vulnerable people in need of legal help. Our services empower our clients by keeping families protected, homes secured, and finances stabilized.
At Summit Legal Aid, we recognize and promote the collective and individual benefits of diverse and inclusive staff, partners, and collaborators.
We believe that every person, regardless of financial ability, should have fair representation in court. The outcome of any case should not be determined by the ability to afford an attorney.
We've stood by countless people in our communities defending their rights in court.
It should not be hard, stressful or costly for:
We have attorneys and paralegals in each of our seven offices, and the cumulative experience of our attorneys is well over 200 years. All of our staff are dedicated to getting the best results for your situation. Our roster of attorneys includes specialists in Protection from Abuse (PFA), Housing and Economic legal services.
Summit Legal Aid offers legal advice and representation to help people who are:
Here's some of our work from just the 2022/2023 fiscal year alone:
It is our duty to ensure that the rights of our clients are protected and everyone has a voice in the courtroom. You aren’t alone and you don’t have to face these challenging circumstances by yourself.
We are here for you.
Brian Gorman, Executive Director
Brian Gorman has been the Director since 2015. Brian was previously a staff attorney, a public defender, and in private practice. He has served on the Drug Treatment Court team and on various boards, including the Drug and Alcohol Commission, LeMoyne Community Center, and Harmony Life Center. He is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Shelley Walker, Finance Director
Shelley Walker has been Finance Director since January 2020. Shelley was a nonprofit Director of Finance for over six years, and she has held positions in accounting, real estate, and tax collection throughout her career.
Jaime Milligan, Deputy Director
Jaime Milligan has, since 2009, served as Staff Attorney, Project Manager of our Fair Housing Law Center, Director of Housing Services, and now Deputy Director. A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, she has developed our Fair Housing program into its current, successful model, and she supervises law student interns, along with program staff.
Rachel Clark, Deputy Director
Rachel Clark has held positions of Staff Attorney, Senior Staff Attorney, and now Deputy Director, since 2013, after two years of private practice. Among other management responsibilities, Rachel oversees our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and IOLTA Special Projects. Rachel is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh and Widener University School of Law.
Todd Yeager, Compliance Director
Todd Yeager joined legal aid in 1998 as a legal assistant and paralegal and has been Compliance Director for the last ten years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University’s paralegal program, Todd has also supervised intake staff and program technology, including our case management system, since 2006.
Kim Tarbell, Communications Director & Finance Specialist
Kim Tarbell has made a variety of significant program contributions and now serves as Communications Director, along with Finance Specialist. Since Kim joined in January 2017, she has directed office operations, developed communications, and managed finances, recognized by the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network with its Excellence Award for a non-attorney advocate.
WE CAN HELP
Depending on the issue, we can give you advice, represent you in court or help you fill out complicated legal paperwork. And if you qualify, our legal services will be free to you.
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