2015 AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Lindsay E. Volk

Lindsay E. Volk

Name of Host Organization: The Legal Aid Society, Inc.
City, State: Louisville, Kentucky
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: AmeriCorps; The Legal Aid Society, Inc.

The Project

LINDSAY VOLK assists low-income and homeless veterans in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and the 15 surrounding rural counties with their family law issues, consumer law issues, housing issues, and criminal record expungements. Additionally, Lindsay regularly attends Jefferson and Hardin County Veterans Treatment Courts, assisting VTC participants with their civil legal issues.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Lindsay is helping veterans in her community improve their custody status, so that they may spend more time with their children, modify their child support obligations so that they may support their children and adequately support themselves, negotiating with creditors and debt collects to lessen the burden of debt for her veterans, address bankruptcy issues to those overwhelmed by their debts, advocate on behalf of veterans facing eviction or foreclosure, keeping Veterans in safe and sustainable housing, and filing for expungements of criminal records, so that veterans may have a brighter future with better job prospects.
Highlights to Date: 
In the first year, Lindsay has: • Assisted 26 Veterans with a divorce from their spouse; • Filed expungements on behalf of 25 Veterans, so that they may improve their prospects for employment with a cleaner record; • Advocated for 22 Veterans in eviction court, helping to keep them in their homes;
What's Next: 
In the next year, Lindsay plans to: • Keep Veterans from becoming homeless, by preventing and assisting Veterans with evictions and foreclosures; • Provide valuable expungement clinics so that even more Veterans may expunge all eligible criminal charges from their records, broadening the employment opportunities available to them; • Advocate on behalf of Veterans in the Family Court, so those who are unable to afford representation have their needs and the needs of their families are addressed;

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