The LAC is Reopening!
Starting on Monday, July 6, 2020 you can once again get help in person at the Legal Assistance Center. Initially, open hours will be limited to 10 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday.

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, you will be required to wear a mask or face covering to enter the courthouse and to get help at the LAC. To promote social distancing we will be limiting the number of people in the LAC.

If you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have been exposed to someone who has or may have COVID-19, please stay home and be well. You can still get help by phone by calling 616-632-6000. You will be asked to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can.


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.