Graham Hewitt: Executive Director
205-250-5198, ext. 2
Graham Hewitt is the Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham. Graham oversees programs, development, fundraising and operations. Graham is devoted to helping those in need and enjoys using his legal education and experience to help low-income citizens.
Prior to joining the VLB, Graham worked for a children’s advocacy group as part of the Health Action Partnership. During this time, Graham developed health policies and shared space agreements for local elementary schools as well as administered grants so that schools could purchase new playground equipment. Graham’s first non-profit work was developing an online resource database for low-income citizens.
Graham has a JD from Cumberland School of Law and a BA in Philosophy from the University of the South. Graham has also served as an AmeriCorps Vista. During law school, Graham was an associate justice for the Moot Court team and was awarded a merit scholarship. Graham has been published twice academically, once for research in astronomy and once for a philosophical essay. Graham has also served as co-editor of a philosophy periodical. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing short fiction, and cooking.
Graham’s approach to life and work is best described in the words of Bruce Lee, “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” That is, you must always adapt to your current situation and never become rigid or set; fluidity is the key to approaching and solving any problem.
Twala Grant Wallace: Managing Attorney
205-250-5198, ext. 6
Twala Grant Wallace is a 1979 graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She continued her studies at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia and then at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia under the National Institutes of Health MARC program (Minority Access to Research Careers) where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with emphasis in Environmental Toxicology. While at Morris Brown College she became a proud member of Gamma Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.
While working in research she developed an increased analytical passion that extended beyond the lab and drew her to the field of law. She enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989 and received her law degree in 1992. During her time at the University of Alabama School of Law she was a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and the Law and Psychology Review. She has practiced law as a solo practitioner for over 26 years in both civil and criminal law. Along the way she has worked as Coordinating Attorney for the Birmingham Division of Legal Services Alabama’s Disaster Relief Call Center, as well as served as an adjunct law professor at Miles College and Miles School of Law and served as an Interim Municipal Court Judge in the City of Bessemer, Alabama.
In 1995 she married Steven D. Wallace. In 1998 they were blessed with a wonderful son, Tevin D. Wallace, currently a student at Auburn University. She is a member of St. Francis of Assissi Catholic church where she is a member of the choir and co-coordinator of their Hands & Feet Ministry. Twala chose to further her career at Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham out of a desire to utilize her legal experience to help others and impact society in a positive way.
Kimia Moshiri: Staff Attorney
205-250-5198, ext. 12
Kimia Moshiri graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2018, where she discovered a passion for public service and chose to focus her career in this area. Kimia worked with the school’s Family Violence Clinic where she tried cases in Family Court, dealing with domestic violence, divorce, child custody, child support, and rape.
She also received her general mediation certificate in 2018 and has successfully mediated civil related cases in Montgomery, Prattville, and Birmingham Courts.
Kimia has had opportunities to experience courtroom settings in many ways, including the pleasure to work as an intern clerk for Hon. Judge Thurman Hobbs, Jr., 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.
After graduating law school, she moved back to Birmingham and was fortunate enough to gain experience in a wide range of family, civil, immigration, and criminal law matters. Being bilingual, fluent in both Farsi and English, has been helpful to connect with and serve a diversity of clients.
“I have always had a passion for helping people, and I take the phrase ‘lawyers render service’ to heart,” Kimia says. “Coming from a big family, I value family law/domestic relations and I am passionate about this area of the law. It is important that I use my skills, passion, and dedication to have an impact on my community. I believe if I can make even the smallest positive impact in every person I come across, then I have fulfilled my duty as an attorney and as a human. I am happy to have the opportunity to do that with an organization like VLB.”
Lisa Singer: Staff Attorney
205-250-5198, ext. 9
After 20+ years in business litigation, Lisa Singer was ready for a change. She was a lifelong volunteer but had never volunteered legal services. After several years of serving people experiencing homelessness, she volunteered at VLB’s Civil and Homeless Help Desks. The quick pace and satisfaction of helping VLB’s clients quickly led her to this career move. Lisa is excited to be part of a team helping lawyers make a difference in people’s lives.
Lisa has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Born and raised in the Northeast, she moved to Birmingham in 1993, and it quickly became her home. She is married to her UVA classmate, Tim Davis, and they have two grown children, Emma and Will.
Eric Vinsant: Staff Attorney
205-250-5198, ext. 4
Eric Vinsant attended the University of Tennessee graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in philosophy and psychology. He attended Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, graduating in 2010 with his J.D. Eric practiced law in Tennessee for several years before moving back to Birmingham in 2019.
Eric joined Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham in late 2019, to help the organization pursue its mission of improving access to justice in the Birmingham community. “Equal justice under law…it is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists…it is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.” —U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr.
Eric is excited to help our community through Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham address some of the most pervasive and detrimental civil legal problems that face Birmingham’s most underserved communities. He hopes to help Birmingham continue to strive toward equal access to justice for all of its citizens.
Vetrica Hill: Service Coordinator
205-250-5198, ext. 8
With over 15 years in social services, Vetrica Hill has an extensive background in juvenile deviant behaviors, child and family welfare, and veteran services. Her experience ranges from direct care to non-profit administrative management, program implementation and evaluation, and operational budgets.
With a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama—and currently working on a Master’s in Business Administration—she has a passion for finding a way past the obstacles too often faced by those less fortunate.
“A lot of people are often not aware of the resources available in their community. Access to these resources can potentially assist them with a better quality of life. I believe in VLB’s mission, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes legal services available to those who may otherwise be unable to afford it.”
Breonna Garrett: Intake/Closing Coordinator
205-250-5198 ext. 10
After earning her law degree from Faulkner University and working as a legal administrative assistant in Montgomery, Breonna Garrett returned to her native Birmingham and began volunteering at Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham Help Desk while studying for the bar. She is now a full-time staff member as our intake/closing coordinator. In this role, Breonna has improved efficiency at our Help Desks to provide a better experience for both the clients we serve and our attorney volunteers.
“At VLB, I can help ensure those who may not be able to afford legal services can still receive it. They have the right to legal representation just like anyone.”
In her personal time, Breonna is active in the children’s ministry at The Rock Church.
Michelle Horn Brown: Volunteer Coordinator
205-250-5198, ext. 11
Jonathan Moore: Woodlawn Coordinator
205-250-5198, ext. 5
Jonathan Moore comes to us from The Woodlawn Foundation where he served as a Manager of Community Partners in the Woodlawn Community. A resident of Woodlawn for the past six years, Moore has always found ways to be an asset to the community and provide opportunities for others.
“I believe that Woodlawn is one of the few communities that provides opportunities to level the playing field for everyone. The Woodlawn Help Desk sponsored by VLB is an example of that.”
Rosalind Fournier: Communications Coordinator
205-250-5198, ext. 3
With a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University, Rosalind Fournier has been an editor for much of her career, including Birmingham Magazine and B-Metro.
Drawn to stories about the unique struggles of people in low-income communities, she found a new fit working in communications for Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham.
“I’ve had many opportunities to meet and write about people dealing with problems that a lot of us never face,” she says. “It’s great to be part of a team where we can help individuals overcome challenges through legal aid.”
She and her husband, Brad, live in Homewood and have three children ages 7, 14, and 18.