Legal Services of Eastern Missouri expands youth and family advocacy program team

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Legal Services of Eastern Missouri announced on Thursday that they have hired three staff members, Emily Autry, Clarissa Jackson and Elizabeth Larsen, for the recently expanded Youth and Family Advocacy Program.

Autrey has been hired as a Social Worker with the Youth and Family Advocacy Program. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and Masters of Social Work from Saint Louis University.

Autrey is a former practicum student at Legal Services and has previously worked as a Case Manager at Our Lady’s Inn and at Almost Home.

Jackson has also been hired as a Social Worker with the Youth and Family Advocacy Program as well as the Children’s Legal Alliance Program. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Social Work from Washington University.

Jackson was formerly a social worker with the Education Justice Program at Legal Services and has previously interned with Wells Fargo Advisors and SAGE Metro St. Louis.

Larsen has been hired to serve as an attorney with the Youth and Family Advocacy Program. She holds a J.D. and a Health Law Certificate from Saint Louis University School of Law.

Larsen was formerly the Program Director with the Connecting Kids to Coverage Program at Legal Services and served internships in the Missouri State Public Defenders Office and with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and SLU’s Children and Youth Advocacy Legal Clinic.

The program, which addresses the needs of homeless youth and families in St. Louis City and County, is funded by the St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund and the St. Louis Mental Health Board.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 62 years. In 2017, nearly 26,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices.