What a day!
The Ardmore office had been located downtown in the historic newspaper building since Legal Aid first opened on November 13, 1979.
Paula Colbert, paralegal, who was there when the doors opened that very first day noted “there were plenty of wonderful memories serving clients in the previous office for almost thirty-two years but we are excited to be in this new location. “
Managing Attorney, Kay Karen Kennedy has been with Legal Aid since August 1989 and has managed both the Ardmore and Ada offices these offices 1991.
Kennedy is pleased with the newer offices, additional parking for clients and more modern amenities. She remarked that “though the staff in this office have served thousands of clients over the past 32 years, the volunteer lawyers who join us in this important work have greatly increased the work we are able to do for this part of south central Oklahoma. We look forward to many more years in partnership with this community striving to end the effects of poverty on the lives of children and seniors.”
The Ardmore and Ada offices are staffed by 3 staff attorneys, 2 paralegals and 1 administrative assistant. These two offices serve Garvin, Pontotoc, Murray, Jefferson, Carter, Johnston, Love and Marshall Counties. In addition to these counties the lawyers also practice in Chickasaw District Court and administrative courts.
Paula Colbert, Paralegal, is a specialist in the area of elder law and provides community presentations on information that is of special importance to senior citizens. She serves on the domestic violence panel, provides representation before administrative bodies on issues involving Medicare, Medicaid and unemployment. With nearly 33 years of experience in senior issues, she is an experienced and valued member of ‘Team Legal Aid.’
Bobbie Nichols, Paralegal, brings invaluable expertise to the Legal Aid program representing clients in social security disability cases. When Legal Aid experienced statewide shortages in staff with Social Security experience, Ms. Nichols, recognized statewide in the program for her social security expertise, was asked to provide representation to clients throughout the State which she did very successfully. The Ardmore office is especially fortunate to have Ms. Nichols on staff.
Please join us for light refreshments. We are pleased to show you our new offices!
About Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Legal Services is a statewide not-for-profit law firm providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income individuals, families and to elderly and disabled persons in the areas of domestic violence, consumer scams, housing, health and employment. Legal Services attorneys and staff work through a network of 21 fully-staffed law offices and satellite offices, serving eligible clients in all 77 counties of Oklahoma.
Funding for Legal Aid is from the Legal Services Corporation, the State of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, 14 United Way and United Fund organizations and generous attorneys, law firms, foundations, businesses and individuals throughout the state contributing to the Campaign for Justice.
Kay Karen Kennedy, Managing Attorney
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Michael Figgins, Executive Director
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma