Our staff consists of experienced attorneys with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise.
Susan is the Executive Director of Timpanogos Legal Center. She has over 30 years of experience in working with family law and domestic violence issues. Susan has served as Managing Attorney of the Provo Office of Utah Legal Services and an Assistant Attorney General in Child Protection. Susan has been part-time faculty at Brigham Young University’s Law School since 1995. She teaches clinical courses in Family Law, Domestic Violence Intervention, Child Advocacy as well as externship classes and skills-based courses. Susan was a founding member of Timpanogos Legal Center and loves the challenge of finding ways to help more people and involve more attorneys in pro bono work.
Brooke obtained her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a major in political science. Brooke graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 2014. After law school, Brooke worked as a law fellow with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and as the Pro Bono Director at Utah Legal Services where she also practiced family law. Brooke is the Director of Programs for Timpanogos Legal Center, and she works primarily on family law and domestic violence cases. Brooke is a member of the statewide Pro Bono Commission, focused on improving access to justice in Utah. Brooke completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Training program and is a certified Utah Victim Advocate.
Kristen began her career as a legislative attorney for the Kansas State Legislature, where she drafted bills and resolutions and staffed legislative committees ranging from Education to Energy and Natural Resources. Upon relocating to Eugene, Oregon, Kristen worked as a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department at the University of Oregon on educational policy issues. She also volunteered at various legal clinics in Oregon to help serve indigent elderly individuals with their legal issues. After becoming licensed in Utah, Kristen began working at Timpanogos Legal Center where she focuses on family law. Kristen is a member of the Central Utah Bar Association and the family law and elder law sections of the Utah State Bar. the She holds a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University. Kristen loves to hike, camp, ski and spend time with her husband and three children.
Michelle has 20 years’ experience practicing law in Utah, including time as a bankruptcy attorney in private practice as well as over 10 years practicing family law with Utah Legal Services, where she also served as the Domestic Relations Taskforce Chair. Other areas include Housing law and estate planning. Michelle has also taught Business Law at Columbia College and presently teaches the Domestic Law Academy for Utah Legal Services. Michelle is a graduate of B.Y.U., where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and then a J.D. at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. As VOCA Coordinator, Michelle seeks to support existing legal clinics, establish new clinics and expand services to victims of domestic violence and low-income Utahns in the Northern part of Utah, in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd judicial districts. She speaks Spanish and works primarily on family law cases.
Hayley Cousin received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in English language with minors in editing and business management. She graduated with honors from the BYU Law School and is a member of the Utah State Bar. Hayley’s focus is on expanding access to justice, especially to victims of domestic violence. Hayley directs TLC's innovative Regulatory Sandbox program, the Certified Advocate Partners Program and has been with the program since its inception. Her focus at Timpanogos Legal Center is assisting clients with family law matters.
Sierra obtained her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University with a major in public relations and a minor in business management. Sierra went on to graduate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was admitted to the Utah State Bar in October 2019. After law school, Sierra served as a federal judicial clerk in the District Court of Utah. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to '80s music, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Lani received her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University with a major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Arabic. She graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2014 and has been admitted to both the California State Bar and Utah State Bar. Lani has traveled around the world and has lived in Panama, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, and Egypt. She is a dual citizen with Brazil and the United States and speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Egyptian Arabic. Lani and her husband became licensed foster parents in 2016 and have since adopted and fostered many children. Her passion is helping and serving families.
Kristen Olsen practiced employment law and corporate litigation before coming to work at Timpanogos Legal Center, and she has had the privilege of working with asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border and in immigration court during her legal career. Before becoming a lawyer, Kristen helped prosecute war crimes at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, studied international law at Central European University in Budapest, earned a master’s degree in second language teaching, taught English at Utah State University, and studied and worked abroad in China, Jerusalem, Costa Rica, Korea, Tanzania, and Hungary. Kristen currently serves as co-president of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion and as the Community Outreach co-chair on the executive committee of the Salt Lake County Bar Association. In her free time, Kristen enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and three incredible children.
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Julene began her work in this field by helping develop the Victims Advocate program in Sanpete County, Utah. She was the first Victim’s Advocate in the Sanpete area. She also has worked as Deputy Clerk/ Ex-Parte Clerk for Franklin County, MO. Her focus is to help serve and help develop programs in the rural communities to strengthen the resources available for families and individuals who have been victims of crime.