Lisa Ruby graduated from the University of Michigan Law School after earning her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Michigan and her masters degree in educational psychology at Eastern Michigan University. She began working at the Michigan Poverty Law Program in 2000 and specializes in the areas of Social Security and welfare benefits, including Medicaid, food assistance and disability-based programs. She has been a trainer at numerous community and legal practice programs, including Basic Lawyering Skills, Trial Advocacy Skills, Administrative Hearings Practice, the Michigan Poverty Law Program Roadshow, and National Legal Aid and Defender Trial Skills. She has participated in community outreach and education programs with the Fair Housing Center of Southeast and Mid-Michigan, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan, Disability Network of Michigan, and the Michigan Primary Care Association. In addition, she is a member of the Social Security and Elder and Disability Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.
Two years ago, Michigan’s system for providing emergency aid to families was burdensome and broken. The state denied residents help keeping the heat on if they had more than $50 in the bank. To get food assistance, even homeless people often had to produce bank statements. In many counties, a third of applicants faced delays […]