Erica Helmle attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. Although she loves singing opera, working at a law firm for four summers during college convinced her to switch paths and pursue a career in law. During her time at Blankenship Massey & Associates, Erica realized that she is interested in working with women and children who are in abusive situations through either family or criminal law. In order to begin helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse before completing her law degree, Erica began volunteering at the Northern Kentucky Women’s Crisis Center and is currently training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children.
Currently, Erica is working as a law clerk at the Children’s Law Center (CLC) in Covington, Kentucky where she has had the opportunity to participate in a mental health access project and to work on guardian ad litem cases. Through her experiences at these organizations, Erica has developed an interest in psychology and the mental health issues often faced by families in crisis. She is excited to be involved with the Weaver Institute in order to become more knowledgeable about the relationship between law and psychiatry and to better serve her future clients.