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
  • Custody and Visitation Rights
  • Paternity
  • Divorce and Separation
  • DCS/CHINS (Children in Need of Services)
  • Landlord/Tenants
  • Mental Commitment Defense
  • Debt Collection and Contract Defense
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Our Mission

We make it our responsibility to help low-income families and individuals in Tippecanoe County by providing them with quality legal assistance and representation. We seek to advance the common good by empowering those less fortunate with quality legal representation that they couldn’t otherwise afford.

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:

  • Kyle Clark, President
  • Sue Sansone, Vice President
  • Janet Fox, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Schrontz, Secretary
  • Amanda McIlwain, Executive Director
  • Charles Shook, Jr.
  • Lori Stein Sabol
  • David Mattingly
  • Leta Kelley
  • Mike Gibson
  • Ellen Phelps
  • John C. Duffy
  • Stephen Wien
  • Abigayle Hensley
  • Jason Ramsland
  • Norris Wang

Board of Directors

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

  • Kyle Clark, President
  • Sue Sansone, Vice President
  • Janet Fox, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Schrontz, Secretary
  • Amanda McIlwain, Executive Director
  • Charles Shook, Jr.
  • Lori Stein Sabol
  • David Mattingly
  • Leta Kelley
  • Mike Gibson
  • Ellen Phelps
  • John C. Duffy
  • Stephen Wien
  • Abigayle Hensley
  • Jason Ramsland
  • Norris Wang