Providing a full range of free expert legal services to low income people in the Roanoke Valley facing critical civil injustice.

Jan Keister works part time for the Legal Aid Society as Administrator. She is a non-profit specialist working as an office administrator, bookkeeper and grant writer for Roanoke organizations including the Community Outreach Program of Roanoke and Old Southwest, Inc. She recently served on SWETA, working with the City of Roanoke to improve the West End area, and headed the Franklin Bridge Art Project.



Gail Anderson Baxter has been a Legal Secretary at The Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley since 2003.  Gail lived in New Jersey and New York before transplanting to Virginia.  Gail received her Bachelor's degree from Clemson University.  Married with three grown children, her hobbies include quilting and cooking.

Emily Faye Jewett has been lucky enough to practice law at the Legal Aid Society as a Staff Attorney since 2005.  Emily attended Chadron State College in Nebraska for her Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies.  She obtained her J.D. in 2004 from Hamline University School of Law, in Minnesota, graduating Magna Cum Laude.   She is a Midwesterner at heart who is married with two kids and three cats.

David Beidler, our General Counsel and Executive Director, began working as a staff attorney of the Legal Aid Society in 1984 upon his graduation from Antioch University's School of Law in Washington, D.C. He served as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow from 1985-86.  He is a 2002 recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award, and has been a frequent trainer on a variety of subjects at continuing legal education seminars in Virginia.  David carries a general poverty law caseload, and specializes in housing law. He has two children, Amber and Olivia.


Henry Woodward – Volunteer Attorney, formerly Senior Staff Attorney and General Counsel at LASRV. Henry is from Bristol, Virginia, and is a graduate of Williams College, Yale Law School, and the Peace Corps. He is a recipient of the Virginia State Bar's Legal Aid Award and the Roanoke Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, and retired Professor of Practice at Washington & Lee Law School.

Tonia Drewery is a Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley.  She grew up in the Valley and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Roanoke College.  After teaching elementary school in Roanoke City, Tonia ventured to Appalachian School of Law where she served on law review and was awarded top senior editor.  Prior to joining Legal Aid, Tonia was employed as a law clerk for the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit and was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.  Tonia is happily married to Jake.   

Eva Huffman has been a Legal Secretary at the Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley since 1987.  She is originally from Buena Vista, VA and is a graduate of Southern Seminary Junior College with a degree in secretarial science.  She has served as administrative secretary and is secretary to the board of directors.  Eva is married with three grown children and three grandchildren.  She enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth Barbour is a Legal Aid Society Staff Attorney concentrating on Domestic Violence. She graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law in 2013. Former volunteer positions working with the Roanoke Valley Rescue Mission and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Children’s’ Trust Roanoke Valley helped cultivate her interest in public service. Elizabeth is a Roanoke native and proud Virginian, a published author, and parent.


Mona Raza is a staff attorney who practices primarily in the area of landlord-tenant law. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Her prior experience includes working at Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society in Christiansburg, Virginia and ChildLaw Services in Princeton, West Virginia. Mona lives in Roanoke and is married to Quasir and has two children, Nabeel and Zoya, and a labradoodle, Jagger. In her free time, she enjoys all disciplines of cycling, but especially loves coaching youth mountain biking on the Roanoke Valley Devo Junior Team.

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