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Deborah J. Hughes, Executive Director
Deborah is a lawyer admitted to practice in Michigan and Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Iowa College of Law. Deborah came to West Michigan after many years of private practice in Iowa. She started at the LAC as a volunteer and board member. She has been Executive Director since 2012.

Heidi Hanson Maier, Program Assistant
Heidi has a BA from Purdue University and a degree in Business Administration with a Certificate in Legal Studies from Davenport University. Heidi joined the LAC as a volunteer in 2019 and as a staff member in 2020.

Kendra Reinoehl, Legal Service Specialist II
Kendra is a lawyer admitted to practice in Michigan.  She is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University and Detroit Mercy School of Law. Kendra came to the LAC after time in private law practice and launching a successful family business. Kendra joined the LAC in 2020.

Brittany Shelmon, Legal Service Specialist II
Brittany is a JD/PhD Candidate at Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Adjunct Professor at Butler University.  Having grown up in a family of attorneys, she will split her time between her academic work and providing LAC legal services. Brittany joined the LAC in 2020.


To contact a staff member by phone, call 616-632-6014 or by email at If you have a legal question or need legal help, call 616-632-6000 or come in to the LAC.