The nonprofit provides legal assistance throughout King County
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) has hired three new staff members to fill critical roles within the organization. ELAP is a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance and community education on the legal rights of people throughout King County.
Catherine Nyden, JD, was hired as an attorney under ELAP’s expanding Housing Stability Program. In this role, she will provide services in southern King County to people facing civil legal issues that affect their housing, such as job loss, a domestic violence incident, or an unforeseen medical expense. As part of the Housing Stability Program, ELAP lawyers provide free legal services to overcome barriers to maintaining or accessing permanent housing. Nyden is a graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she was a member of the Race and Justice Clinic and represented young people of color who have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system. She volunteers with the Seattle Clemency Project, the Downtown Emergency Services Center and the Juvenile Law Section of the King County Bar Association.
Kimberly Morrill, JD, is ELAP’s new pro bono director. She will oversee ELAP’s extensive pro bono volunteer program which includes more than 160 professional lawyers who provide hundreds of hours of free or low-cost legal advice and services each year. Morrill is a graduate of Bryant University and the New England School of Law. She has worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence at New Beginnings and the YWCA of Seattle-King County.
Jaskirat Chawla was hired as a legal navigator working at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle. ELAP’s legal navigators help recent victims of crime, especially those who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault, navigate the confusing legal system. They serve as a liaison between survivors and local legal aid and social service agencies. Chawla holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to ELAP, she worked at rape crisis centers and domestic violence agencies, providing victims with resources and support. She has also worked closely with law enforcement to provide emergency support to survivors and training for law enforcement officers.
“Residents of King County are experiencing an increase in legal challenges due to this pandemic and the economic downturn,” said Gerald Kroon, executive director of ELAP. “We are pleased to hire these three talented and passionate individuals to fill key positions that help ELAP meet the community’s growing needs for civil legal aid services.
ELAP (Eastside Legal Assistance Program) is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with people dealing with domestic violence, housing, finances, health, immigration and other issues requiring legal resolution. . We also educate communities about their legal rights. We work for free to resolve legal issues and provide resources to members of our community because not everyone can afford a lawyer. Learn more about other ELAP programs and services at elap.org.
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