Maureen AbellNan AllisonArthur BartlettNatalia BotellaEdward Byron –  Kathryn Coiner-CollierBrittney ColemanRobert Davis -
Lisa DiefenderferCassidy Estes-Rogers  – Soreé Finley
Elizabeth GarciaEllen HamiltonMadison Hardee – 

Nicholas HoltLeah KaneLaureen Kickham –  Karen MoskowitzDesheane NewmanKatya Riasanovsky – Katherine SanchezRuth Santana
Kenneth SchorrDouglas SeaGelila Selassie
Meg Starnes-MooreJulieanne Taylor 


Executive Director

Ken SchorrKenneth Schorr, Executive Director - Schorr has served as Executive Director of LSSP since April 1988.  He was previously in private practice in Little Rock, Arkansas, representing community organizations, labor unions and individual employees in labor and civil rights cases. He served as Litigation Director of Community Legal Services [Read More]


Legal Staff

_MG_0658 copy Square (web)Maureen Abell, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney - Abell received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in New York City after earning her B.A. magna cum laude in international relations and German from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. During her time in law school, she served as a legal intern with Equality Now in Kenya [Read More]


Nan Allison (Square)Nan Allison, Family Support and Health Care Program/Veterans Legal Services Project Paralegal-Advocate - Allison received her B.A. degree in history from the University of Virginia. Last year, she assisted the Catawba Lands Conservancy with real estate paralegal work and grant writing. Her past work as a paralegal includes five years [Read More]


Arthur BartlettArthur Bartlett, Western North Carolina Low Income Taxpayer Clinic/Legal Services for the Elderly Attorney/Director – Bartlett earned a B.A. degree in political science and history from the University of Vermont in 1994 and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. Before joining LSSP in 2007, he worked in private law firms in Buffalo, New York [Read More]


_MG_5881 copy (Square)Natalia Botella, Community Redevelopment Project Attorney – Botella received her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Chancellors’ Scholar after earning her B.S.P.H. in health policy [Read More]




Edward ByronEdward Byron, Consumer Protection and Employment Law Program Attorney - Byron earned a B.A. in economics and a Master of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation, he worked as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers and ElliottDavis. During law school, he interned at Duke Energy Corporation in [Read More]


Robert DavisRobert Davis, Veterans Legal Services Project Attorney - Davis joined LSSP in November 2007. He received his J.D. degree from William and Mary School of Law and a Masters in public policy from the College of William and Mary both in 2003. He earned his B.A. in political science and broadcasting from Appalachian State University in 1999. Before coming to LSSP [Read More]


Cassidy Estes-Rogers (Square)Cassidy Estes-Rogers, Family Support & Health Care Attorney - Estes-Rogers earned her J.D. from Charlotte School of Law magna cum laude after receiving her B.A. in Arts Management from the College of Charleston. She has held externships with the Honorable Albert Diaz and Honorable Sam J. Ervin, IV, as well as serving as a law clerk for [Read More]


Soree Finley 2 (Square)Soreé Finley, Senior Attorney for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and HIV/AIDS Project - Finley received her J.D. degree from Syracuse University School of Law in 2007, her social work cum laude from Grambling State University in 1998 and her M.S.W. in community organization from University of Michigan in 2001. Prior to attending law school, she was a social worker [Read More]


Ellen HamiltonEllen Hamilton, Family Support and Health Care Program Paralegal-Advocate - Hamilton received her B.S. degree in music education from Hampton Institute and a paralegal certificate from Central Piedmont Community College. She has previously worked as a music teacher in Trenton, New Jersey; a clerk at Duke Power Company; a litigation paralegal [Read More]


Madison Hardee Madison Hardee, Senior Attorney for Health Care Access - Hardee received her B.S. in public health summa cum laude from George Washington University in 2009. She went on to earn her J.D. magna cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 2012 and was awarded the Tulane 34 award for service and leadership. In 2007, she studied abroad in Santiago [Read More]


Nicholas HoltNicholas Holt, Consumer Protection and Employment Law Paralegal-Advocate - After earning his B.A. in visual arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2000 and his paralegal technology diploma from Central Piedmont Community College in 2006, Holt worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Charlotte as a paralegal in [Read More]


_MG_6972 copy (Square) For WebLisa Diefenderfer, Immigrant Justice Program Attorney - Diefenderfer received her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center and earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Florida. Formerly, she worked with LSSP as an extern with its [Read More]


Leah KaneLeah Kane, Senior Attorney for Consumer ProtectionKane received her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her B.A. in history from Colgate University. Commitment to high-quality advocacy on behalf of low-income people has permeated her career, through work as a public defender, as a legal aid attorney handling [Read More]


Karen MoskowitzKaren Fisher Moskowitz, Consumer Protection Attorney/Director – Moskowitz joined the LSSP staff in June 2012 as a staff attorney and the Director of the Consumer Protection and Employment Law Program. She earned her J.D. degree from Wake Forest University in 1989 and her B.A. degree in English and political science [Read More]


Desheane Newman Staff Photo (Square) WebDesheane Newman,  Western NC Low Income Taxpayer Clinic/Legal Services for the Elderly Paralegal-Advocate – Newman received his B.A. in psychology with a minor in Spanish from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where he participated in several overseas programs in Spain, Brazil and Colombia to become fluent in Spanish and work with [Read More]


Katherine SanchezKatherine Sanchez, Immigrant Justice Program Paralegal-Advocate - Sanchez received her B.A. degree in history and Spanish with a concentration in Latin American studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worchester, Mass. During her time there, she studied abroad at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. From 2002 [Read More]


Ruth SantanaRuth Santana, Immigrant Justice Program Paralegal-AdvocateSantana received her B.A. degree from Hunter College and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Long Island University in 1984. Before joining LSSP, she worked as a paralegal and supervisor for the Kings County District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, from 1984 to 2009. [Read More]


Doug Sea Douglas Sea, Family Support and Health Care Program Attorney/Senior Program DirectorSea received his B.A. and J.D. degrees with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked for Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear in Wilmington, N.C., from 1981 to 1984 in public benefits and health law. Sea came to LSSP as Benefits Team [Read More]


Gelila Selassie Photo (Square) WebGelila Selassie, Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. Senior Health Care & Abuse Prevention Project/ Family Support & Health Care Attorney - Selassie received her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and her B.A. in experimental psychology from University of South Carolina. Her experience during school includes serving as [Read More]



Meg Starnes Photo (Square) WebMeg Starnes-Moore, Safe Child Immigrant Project Attorney & Equal Justice Works justice AmeriCorps Attorney Fellow – Starnes-Moore received her dual degree J.D./MBA from West Virginia University College of Law and West Virginia University College of Business and Economics after earning her B.A. in Spanish and Latin [Read More]


Health Insurance Navigators

Elizabeth Garcias Photo (Square) WEbElizabeth Garcia, Health Insurance Navigator/Medical Legal Partnership Coordinator –  Garcia received her Master of Public Health from St. George’s University in Grenada after earning her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and her EMT Certification from Central Piedmont Community College-Charlotte. Bilingual in Spanish and English, her experience [Read More]

Anna Henderson, Health Insurance NavigatorHenderson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 with a B.A. in Public Policy. While at UNC, Henderson volunteered with the Community Empowerment Fund advocating for community members transitioning out of poverty. Henderson joined Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy in 2017 as a development intern and later as a full-time health insurance navigator assisting low-income families access affordable healthcare. A native to Charlotte, Henderson likes to spend her spare time with her adorable cat, Edgar, and jogging around the city.

Louise Pocock, Health Insurance Navigator Pocock is a public interest attorney licensed in New Mexico and North Carolina.  Louise attended Columbia University for undergraduate studies, majoring in urban studies. After working for a local planning department as an assistant planner, Pocock attended the University of New Mexico School of Law.  After law school, Louise worked to protect access to public benefits programs as a staff attorney for the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.  She recently relocated to the Charlotte area and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2017. Louise is proud to be a navigator and advocate with Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy.

Johanna Parra, Health Insurance Navigator – Parra received her law degree Magna Cum Laude from Catholic University at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 2012. After law school, Parra attended to Barna Business School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and received her Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. Since 2008, Parra has worked for non-profits in Dominican Republic, focusing on low-income communities, specifically from the southern region of the country. There, she supervised and executed projects in the areas of health and education, with the support of cooperation agencies such as Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), World Bank, USAID, EPA, European Union, The Global Fund, among others.

_MG_5861 copy (Square)Julieanne Dorn Taylor, Attorney/Health Insurance Navigator –  Taylor graduated from Charlotte School of Law and passed the North Carolina bar in February 2013 after receiving her B.A. in political science and communications from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Before coming to LSSP, she served as an intern for Judge Frank Whitney, [Read More]



Brittney ColemanBrittney Reardon Coleman, Director of Development and Public Relations – Coleman received her BA from the UNC-CH School of Journalism in 2004, where she served as President of the Wesley Foundation. During the summer of 2001, she worked with the Appalachia Service Project in Raleigh County, W.V., and in the summer of 2002, worked in [Read More]


Pro Bono Services

_MG_0639 copy Square (web) Crop Laureen Kickham, Pro Bono Program Paralegal-Advocate - Kickham studied international relations at American University and received her associates degree in paralegal technologies from Central Piedmont Community College in 2012. After several years of serving in management and customer service positions, Kickham began volunteering [Read More]


Katya Riasanovsky Photo 3 (Square)Katya Riasanovsky, Director of Pro Bono Services – Riasanovsky earned her B.A. in political science from Wellesley in 1980, graduating as a Durant scholar with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. She received her M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 1985, working as a legal assistant at a Philadelphia law firm before graduate school. She was part of [Read More]