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Patrick C. McGee

Managing Attorney

Patrick graduated from Ohio University in 1974 and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1978. He initially worked with Northeast Kentucky Legal Services in Morehead, KY, taking cases concerned with environmental issues, landlord-tenant disputes, and civil litigation. After transferring to Athens, OH in 1980, he practiced family and consumer law before serving as a local public defender for over 13 years. After acquiring a record number of jury trial acquittals, he earned himself the nickname “Set ‘em Free McGee.”  Pat joined CSLS in January 2000 as a Staff Attorney and became the Managing Attorney in 2004. Pat plays a variety of musical instruments, including Irish harp, concertina, and bag pipes. He has been serving Athens as a City Councilman since January 2016 and is currently running for another term.


kimberlee J. Francis

staff attorney

Kimberlee completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and her Juris Doctor at the University of Dayton School of Law in Dayton, OH.  With expertise in Criminal and Domestic Law, as well as representing clients in General Civil cases, Kim has been serving the Appalachian community since 2008. Before joining CSLS, Kim worked for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services and Sowash Ferrier. In 2011, she went into private practice and opened The Law Office of Kimberlee Francis, LLC. Kim takes a personal, problem-solving approach to her clients’ needs by acting as advisor, counselor, and advocate.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.  She also enjoys taking advantage of all that Athens has to offer, and has volunteered her time to coaching the Mock Trial at Federal Hocking and mentoring the young women of Athens.


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Courtney Turner

office manager

Courtney is a local resident, born and raised in the Athens community. She is a 2015 alum of Ohio University and still enjoys going to university events. Courtney started work with CSLS in the summer of 2011 as an intern shadowing the Center's then staff attorney. After her internship, Courtney stayed on as a receptionist and worked her way to becoming the Office Manager in the summer of 2015. She took a brief hiatus from employment with CSLS in the fall of 2016 to continue more schooling but was very happy to be welcomed back to the Center in December 2017.