Staff & Board of Directors


Kelly Bidelman, Executive Director

Kelly Bidelman is the Executive Director of CCJ.  Kelly graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 1989. Kelly has devoted her many years of practice in legal services.  Prior to joining CCJ, Kelly was the Managing Attorney of Legal Aid & Defender Association's Oakland and Macomb County staff offices along with its Legal Aid for Children and Families program at Beaumont Hospital; and prior thereto as the Managing Attorney of UAW-GM Legal Services Plan in Detroit.

Edward Hoort, Of Counsel                                                                                                                                          

Ed Hoort graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with his JD in 1975. Prior to joining CCJ, Ed was the Executive Director of Legal Services of Eastern Michigan, a position which he held for 29 years. He has worked in the legal services arena for 40 years.  He has been counsel in over 50 state wide class actions and has been instrumental in legislative changes in domestic relations, public benefits, housing, nursing home rights, and consumer issues. Ed has taught Non-Profit Administration courses at University of Michigan for the past 14 years.  Ed formed CCJ in 1995 when federal restrictions prohibited legal services programs from undertaking many types of advocacy on behalf of the poor.

Linda Jordan, Public Benefits Law Attorney

Linda Jordan is the Public Benefits Law Attorney for CCJ. She graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2014 as a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics.  Prior to joining CCJ, she was a legal aid attorney at Lakeshore Legal Aid in Southwest Detroit, where she represented hundreds of low-income individuals in housing, family, public benefits and consumer cases.  She also worked as a legal fellow at the ACLU of Michigan where she focused on challenging illegal tax foreclosures in Detroit. 

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Gregory Abler, Housing Law Attorney

Greg Abler is the Housing Law Attorney for CCJ.  Greg graduated from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1996.  Greg has over 18 years of extensive experience in representing clients in consumer and real estate litigation and appeals.  Prior to joining CCJ, Greg was the Supervising Attorney of Legal Aid & Defender Association's Detroit office.

Jessica Flint, Health Advocate

Jessica Flint is the Health Advocate for CCJ.  Jessica earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Michigan-Flint. Her education and volunteer experiences, have always focused on her commitment to work with diverse clients in multi-cultural communities. As the health advocate she assists individuals and families overcome barriers related to healthcare and food assistance.  Jessica was recognized by the Hispanic Technology & Community Center of Greater Flint in 2018 as an upcoming leader in the Latino community. Se habla Español.


Due to legal requirements of one of CCJ’s major funding sources, half of the members of CCJ’s Board of Directors must be attorneys. If you are interested in potentially serving on the board, please contact the Executive Director at




Antwan Edson, President and TreasurerConsumer Representative, Genesee County

Antwan Edson is a nonprofit consultant and a board member for multiple nonprofit boards.  An engineer by trade, he shifted to nonprofit work over 15 years ago.  He specializes in youth engagement and diversity training. 

Ameer Rutherford, SecretaryGenesee County

Ameer Rutherford is a University of Michigan graduate and a veteran.  He attended high school in Flint and lived in North Carolina after graduating from college.  He returned to Flint after 12 years in the Army and is the owner of a local business specializing in personal security and protection. 


Samuel AngusAttorney, Genesee County

Sam Angus is licensed to practice law in California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  He has civil litigation experience and has also worked on the staff and as a board member for other nonprofits. He currently teaches college courses in critical thinking, ethics, and political science. 

Amy HendricksonAmy Hendrickson is an Assistant Professor of Law at Saginaw Valley State University.  Amy has a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law.


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