Meet CLASI Elder Law Paralegal, Antionette Johnson!
I was motivated to become a legal aid advocate after working in the private sector as a legal assistant/paralegal. While I knew I wanted to be a paralegal, the private sector was not for me. When I started as a paralegal with Community Legal Aid Society, I knew I had found my passion. By doing paralegal work with a social service component in the area of elder law, I help those who are most vulnerable and need a voice. I have worked for nearly 24 years as a legal aid advocate and this work is very rewarding and an integral part of who I am.
A fun fact about me is that I am a certified Zumba Instructor.
An example of how I made a difference in someone’s life was when I convinced our Elder Law attorney to take on a case where a client fell ill and was taken advantage of by a friend of hers. The client owned several acres of inherited land and her friend transferred the property into his name by abusing his power of attorney. While the case dragged on for years, the client eventually prevailed in the Court of Chancery and justice was served as the client’s property was transferred back to her.
If I had a magic wand and could wish for one thing related to legal aid, I would wish for more funding to support our Elder Law Program! While the elderly is the largest growing population in our area, we are the smallest program within our agency.