August 21st, 2014
New York Law Journal Chooses 2014 Rising Stars
Kyle Aisling Steller
WHITE PLAINS - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley congratulates Staff Attorney/Elder Law Unit, Kyle Aisling Steller, J.D./MBA, on being selected by the New York Law Journal as one of its forty two 2014 Rising Stars.
A prestigious panel of twenty jurors reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys aged 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.
Profiles of all Rising Stars appeared in a New York Law Journal special section on Monday, June 9. The attorneys were honored at an event on Monday, June 16 at Manhattan Penthouse, 80 5th Ave., New York, N.Y., from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ms. Steller was nominated for her work on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized elders. Over the past year, she has spearheaded Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s collaboration with The Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County.
The older adult populations of our seven-county service area are experiencing significant growth, creating a rapidly increasing need for high-quality legal services for seniors of all income levels. As the legal needs of our aging population expand, so too must the capacity of our civil legal assistance programs to respond – which, in part, is why the community partnership between Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and The Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s Coalition on Elder Abuse was formed.
Ms. Steller handles 150 cases impacting between 225 – 450 family members throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley each year. In partnership with the Mediation Center of Dutchess County’s Coalition on Elder Abuse, she served 50 seniors over the last year, across the range of our practice areas. She helps clients with issues including Medicaid and Medicare benefits; health insurance; permanency planning; home care; long term care; nursing home, assisted living and senior housing powers of attorney; guardianships; conservatorships; wills and trusts; protection from physical and emotional abuse; and consumer fraud and exploitation. The 50 individuals she helped since May 2013 through this partnership represent a 17% increase in our Elder Law Unit’s caseload over the previous year. As Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and The Mediation Center of Dutchess County continue to do community outreach on this program, the number of seniors identified as needing LSHV’s assistance continues to grow.
Through our partnership with The Mediation Center of Dutchess County, and Ms. Steller’s work, seniors who were otherwise unlikely to come to Legal Services of the Hudson Valley or unaware of the programs it offers, have found the help and empowerment they need.
Ms. Steller is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, where she was a Presidential Scholar, with an undergraduate degree in economics/finance and a Masters of Business Administration degree. She received her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. She is affiliated with the Dutchess County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.