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Honoring

Michelle R. Terry
for 40 Years in Legal Aid
Submitted By: Marion Fraley, Communications Manager | LASP
Known among colleagues and former students for her calm,
"no waves" demeanor, Michelle R. Terry has devoted her
40-year career to legal aid. On August 22nd, the Delaware
County Bar Association surprised Michelle, Legal Aid of
Southeastern PA's longtime Delaware County Managing
Attorney, with a celebration honoring her decades of service.
Introduced to legal aid as a University of Pittsburgh law
student intern for Neighborhood Legal Services, she worked
on utility terminations, landlord-tenant cases, family law and
more out of the Homewood office. In her interview for one of
100 prestigious, national Reginald Heber Smith Fellowships,
Michelle was offered post-graduation employment on the spot
in Mississippi. "Due to my limited vision, I could not accept
the job because it required driving from office to office where
there was no public transportation," she said. She won one of the
"Reggie" fellowships and began as a community lawyer fellow
at the Delaware County Legal Assistance Association in Chester.
When the two-year fellowship ended, with her family in
Germantown, she stayed on with DCLAA, where she oversaw
the DCLAA Advice & Referral Unit for five years and served
as staff attorney. In the 1990s, in addition to her work with
DCLAA, she supervised students and was an adjunct professor
at Villanova University law school. In 2001, DCLAA merged

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