Legal Aid

Mission & Overview

Learn all about our Not-For-Profit Organization.

Help the People in Your Community

About Legal Aid

The Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County is a not-for-profit United Way agency that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Tippecanoe County who cannot otherwise obtain an attorney. Legal Aid does not handle criminal matters or those cases involving fee-generating litigation. Examples of areas in which Legal Aid has provided assistance:

Our Services

  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Child Support
  • Name Changes
  • Paternity
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Custody & Visitation
  • DCS/CHINS (Children in Need of Services)
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Mental Commitment Defense
  • Debt Collection and Contract Defense
Mission statement for Legal Aid Lafayette IN

Our Mission

Legal Aid fights for compassionate justice by providing high quality legal representation for low income individuals and families in Tippecanoe County.

History

The Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County began serving the community in 1971 with a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The idea for Legal Aid originated from area lawyers who found many Tippecanoe County residents unable to obtain a lawyer due to financial constraints.  In early 1994, Legal Aid moved from its Ferry Street building to a new location on Fifth Street in the Pearlman Building. In the early years, Legal Aid was led by several Executive Directors. However, in 1986, Attorney Kenneth Weller was promoted to a position leading the agency for over thirty years ending his term in 2016.

The agency welcomed Attorney Amanda McIlwain to the Executive Director position in January 2017. She joins long-time staff attorney, Michael Sum, and the rest of the Legal Aid support staff.

"Over Forty Years of Helping People Help Themselves"

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Board of Directors

 The Legal Aid Board of Directors is made up of the following individuals:

  • Sue Sansone, President
  • John Duffey, Vice President
  • Kyle Clark, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Schrontz, Secretary
  • Lori Stein Sabol
  • Norris Wang
  • Ellen Phelps
  • Leta Kelley
  • Kristen Edmundson
  • Abigayle Hensley
  • Mike Gibson
  • Stephen Wien
  • Charlie Shook
  • Brian Karle
  • Duran Keller
  • Diana Wirtz

Board of Directors

 The Legal Aid Board of Directors is made up of the following individuals:

  • Sue Sansone, President
  • John Duffey, Vice President
  • Kyle Clark, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Schrontz, Secretary
  • Lori Stein Sabol
  • Norris Wang
  • Ellen Phelps
  • Leta Kelley
  • Kristen Edmundson
  • Abigayle Hensley
  • Mike Gibson
  • Stephen Wien
  • Charlie Shook
  • Brian Karle
  • Duran Keller
  • Diana Wirtz