Student Research Assistants
Mashayla Hays is a third-year student at the Brandeis School of Law. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in Pan-African Studies. During her undergraduate tenure, she was involved with many organizations, including the Harlan Scholars Program, C.O.N.E.C.T. Mentoring Program, E.S.S.E.N.C.E. Big Sister Mentoring Program and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Honors Student Council.
Currently, Hays serves as the vice president of the Black Law Students Association, an EPEL research assistant and the Central High School Law fellow. As a fellow graduate of Central High School, Hays believes that one of her great accomplishments is being able to complete her own circle by volunteering at her high school where she can teach students who want to pursue a career in the legal field. A lifelong resident of Louisville, she plans to pursue a career in public interest work, where she will be able to use her law degree to help the community.
Gena McCubbins is a third-year student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science from Campbellsville University. McCubbins works at Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC as a law clerk and as an Honors Intern at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is interested in elder law and Medicaid eligibility and estate planning.
Seth Todd is a third-year student at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Todd is serving as a member of the Honor Council, as the American Bar Association Representative for the SBA and as a member of the SBA executive council.
While working in the Estate Planning Department of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company, Todd realized his passion to give back to the community through practicing estate planning and elder law. Outside of school, he enjoys traveling, concerts, golf, and hanging out with his dogs, family and friends.
Advisory Board Members
Local practitioners serve on our advisory board. In this role, they advise on a variety of program matters, serve as ambassadors for the program in the legal community and participate in program events when possible.
Matthew Burnett is an associate attorney with Thomas, Dodson & Wolford PLLC. His practice focuses on estate planning and estate administration. Burnett was a student of Professor Maynard and assisted him in launching the Estate Planning & Elder Law Program in 2016.
Jonathan Raymon is a vice president and trust specialist of Hilliard Lyons Trust Company LLC. He provides trust administration and client service, focusing on charitable trusts and charitable organizations. He has four years of experience in the investment industry and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designations. Raymon is a member of the American, Kentucky and Louisville bar associations and a member of the Taxation Section of the Louisville Bar Association, previously serving as chair.
Misty Clark Vantrease is an attorney with Kentucky ElderLaw PLLC. She assists older clients, their children and other family members with nursing home, Medicaid, asset preservation, asset distribution, mental capacity, probate, guardianship and other issues, both financial and non-financial. In addition, she drafts legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, living wills, health care surrogates and care agreements for clients and family members. She also speaks and teaches in a variety of forums.
Eileen Walsh is an attorney at Elder Law of Louisville. Her practice is focused solely on elder law. She is admitted to practice law in Kentucky, is admitted before the Eastern and Western Districts of the U.S. Federal Court, the 6th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is also accredited by the VA to assist veterans and their family members with claims for benefits. Walsh routinely speaks on elder law topics for the Kentucky Bar Association, national legal seminar companies and local facilities, organizations and charities.
Gordon Wright is past chair of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP's Estate Planning Practice Group and a member of the firm's Trusts, Estates & Personal Planning Service Team. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate administration, employee benefits and taxation.