Executive Director Alison Paul has served as MLSA's Executive Director since January of 2011 and is responsible for the overall management and operations of MLSA. Ms. Paul graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law, then spent 7 years in private practice in Chicago. Ms. Paul began her career with MLSA as a staff attorney in 1999, becoming MLSA's Deputy Director in 2003. In 2005, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association awarded MLSA’s Executive Director Alison Paul the Innovations in Technology Award, and In 2012, Ms. Paul was one of only six legal aid program directors invited to participate in the first White House Forum on civil Legal Aid. Ms. Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the Montana Nonprofit Association. Ms. Paul also serves on the Montana Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.
Director of Advocacy Tal Goldin is a civil rights attorney focusing on the rights of students with disabilities to receive an appropriate education free from discrimination. He has litigated numerous federal civil rights cases before administrative, state, and federal tribunals. Prior to joining Montana Legal Services Association, Tal was the Supervising Attorney for the Education Unit at Disability Rights Montana (the federally mandated civil rights protection and advocacy system for Montana); worked in a private family law, landlord-tenant, real estate, and business practice; and worked in development and prosecution at the Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney's Office (KCDA). Tal is a former adjunct professor at the both the Alexander Blewett III School of Law and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana and has lectured nationally in his practice areas. Tal is a graduate of the State University of New York, Purchase College (cum laude) and the University of Montana School of Law. He is a past president of the Western Montana Bar Association and a 2013 fellow of the New Leaders Council.
Director of Finance and AdministrationLisa Heimbach began her work at MLSA in 2005 as the Finance and Grants Manager and staff accountant. Lisa attended Eastern Montana College in Billings, and previously worked at AIRPAGE/Capital Answering Service in Helena.
Director of Strategic Focus and DevelopmentMichelle Potts joined MLSA in September 2013. She graduated from the University of Denver, College of Law, Order of the Coif, then clerked for Justice Marsha K. Ternus on the Supreme Court of Iowa. Before joining MLSA, Ms. Potts helped connect children to outdoor experiential science learning in Colorado, practiced employee benefits law at a firm in Chicago, and had a solo general law practice in Pueblo, Colorado.