What is better than getting your first “law job?” Getting it during a pandemic. Please join us in welcoming Kate Means (back) to our team. Kate joined BLC in September 2019 as a temporary paralegal. After passing the bar exam. Kate re-joined the team for the remainder of 2020 as an attorney focused on serving those clients at BLC that have cases born out of the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure client economic stability and preventing eviction due to a lapse or lack of benefits.
As a paralegal, Kate helped us research and stay on top of how our clients and their benefits were going to be impacted by COVID-19. We are grateful to King County for making CARES Act funds available so that we can re-hire Kate to represent people facing legal problems born out of the pandemic.
The primary things that Kate will be focused on are:
- providing legal advice and council to older adults on how and whether to seek Social Security retirement benefits early, or keep working risking exposure to COVID-19;
- addressing adverse actions that Social Security takes against benefit recipients that are related to COVID-19 and are threatening the person’s ability to stay housed; and
- representing people with disabilities in any Social Security case that is related to COVID-19 and will prevent housing loss.