Be safe! Get help by phone at 616-632-6000. We will return your call as promptly as possible. For the safety of the public, our patrons, volunteers, and staff, we have suspended in-person service at the courthouse 5th Floor walk-in center.

You can also find updates on our blog and many forms are now available here.

For more information see Legal Aid of Western Michigan's COVID-19 Info Page and Michigan Legal Help's COVID-19 Emergency Page


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.

Noah Joseph, Program Manager
Noah is a lawyer admitted to practice in Michigan. He is a graduate of Miami University, Grand Valley State University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Noah worked as a legal intern with Legal Aid of Western Michigan and then spent four years practicing law in Manistee, Michigan. After serving with the Peace Corps and working in law school admissions for Indiana University, Noah returned to Michigan in 2016 and worked at the Western Michigan Cooley Law School before joining the LAC.

Jen VanTimmeren, Program Administrator
Jen is a paralegal. She has a BS from Davenport University. Jen started at the LAC as a volunteer in 2014 and joined the staff in 2016.

Lauren McNabb, Legal Service Specialist
Lauren is a graduate of Alma College and is a student at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  She joined the LAC in 2019.


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.