Our Social Work Bureau is an integral component of the holistic lawyering practice in criminal, family, and county court. Through their diverse professional backgrounds, each social worker brings a unique skill set to the bureau. Our social workers act at liaisons between attorneys and other community entities to assist clients who have made contact with Suffolk County’s legal system.
Our Social Work Bureau utilizes comprehensive assessments in order to gather information about our clients who come from diverse backgrounds. Our Social Workers then coordinate services with these community agencies and our interdisciplinary team in order to assist clients to obtain the most appropriate services. Through the linkage of services, it fosters relationships for family reunification and provides support to our clients and their families who may have come across extenuating circumstances that contribute to their legalities. Our social workers advocate for our clients in the court rooms through written and oral submissions by humanizing the client’s lives through a holistic lens. With the collaboration amongst different disciplines, the Legal Aid Society continues to work toward common goal of a holistic lawyering practice.
Stacie Kolker, LMSW
Family Court Bureau Social Worker
Stacie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and later obtained a Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare in 2015. During her internship at the Suffolk County Felony Youth Part, she realized her passion of working in forensics with at risk youth and their families. While in graduate school, she worked with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and was able to empower them to take control of their lives again. Her clinical background includes working with individuals with mental health issues and providing them therapeutic interventions to help enhance their daily lives. Through her diverse skill set, she is now able to advocate and assess individuals in order for clients to reunite with their families.
Bilingual Social Worker
Nancie earned her M.S.W from Stony Brook University School of Social Work. While at Stony Brook she interned in Perderson-Krag, providing group and individual therapy in their PROS program for adults with chronic mental illness. In her graduate year she interned in an outpatient drug treatment program, facilitating groups and individual therapy. Nancie comes to the Legal Aid Society from Access/Acceso Division of Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Education Services, an outpatient program for court mandated clients, where she was a bilingual counselor. Nancie especially enjoys working with her Spanish speaking clients and walking them through the process of their intricate cases.