About

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a non-profit legal service provider consisting of staff attorneys, pro bono volunteers, and low bono contract attorneys who are dedicated to working with people who could not otherwise afford to work with a lawyer and are facing domestic violence, housing, financial, healthcare, immigration and other issues that need a legal solution. ELAP also educates communities about their legal rights. ELAP supports people who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault as they navigate a complicated legal system and partners with the King County Prosecutor’s Office to help survivors solve legal issues they are facing as a result of their experience.

Since ELAP opened in 1989, its volunteer attorneys have contributed over 60,000 hours of free legal aid, serving more than 95,000 clients.

Staff

  • Gerald Shepherd Kröon, Executive Director
  • Esperanza Borboa, Program Director
  • Jaskirat Chawla, Legal Navigator – King County Courthouse, Seattle
  • Alexandra Comstock, JD, Development Director
  • Ailise Delaney, JD, DVLP Staff Attorney
  • Cynthia Klein, JD, Legal Clinics Manager
  • Rochelle Krebs, JD, VOCA DV Staff Attorney
  • Dorothy Leggett, JD, MLP Staff Attorney
  • Chris Lovings, Community Engagement Manager
  • Kimberly Morrill, JD, Pro Bono Director
  • Ngoc Nguyen, Operations Director
  • Katharine Nyden, JD, Staff Attorney – Housing Stability Program
  • Timothy Richards, JD, ELAP DV Staff Attorney at DAWN
  • Sarterus Rowe, JD, Technology & Innovation Director/Staff Attorney
  • Macy Stormont, Administrative Assistant
  • Elida Trujillo, Legal Navigator – Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent
  • Brenda Villa, Administrative Assistant
  • Renada Walcome, Intake Assistant
  • Shane Woerner, JD, Staff Attorney – Housing Stability Program, Kirkland

Board of Directors

  • Catherine Gannon, Board President (Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro)
  • Mary Sakaguchi, Board Vice-President (Sakaguchi Felbeck & Reese)
  • Dan Menser, Board Treasurer
  • Neeta Saran, Board Secretary (Microsoft)
  • Pamela Anderson (Perkins Coie)
  • Dr. Shannon Bailey (Overlake Hospital)
  • Susan Brye (T-Mobile USA)
  • Courtney Cohen (Law Office of Courtney Cohen)
  • Meredith Dorrance (Amazon Web Services)
  • Justen Fauth (Lee & Hayes)
  • Caitlin Forsyth (Davis Wright Tremaine)
  • G. Matthew Loftin (UBS Private Wealth Management)
  • Cecilia Martinez-Vasquez (City of Bellevue)
  • Joan McBride (Retired)
  • Tom McDade (T-Mobile USA)
  • Monica Lopez-Reinmiller (T-Mobile USA)
  • Emily Schlesinger (Microsoft)
  • Dale Schomer (Retired)

Vision

All people on the Eastside and survivors of domestic violence countywide will have access to justice in the civil legal system.

Mission

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the legal system more accessible to those most in need by providing free, high quality, civil legal services to low-income residents of East King County, and domestic violence legal aid to residents throughout King County.