Shawn Boehringer, new Executive Director, brings a long career in civil legal services to Legal Aid of Southeastern PA

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (Aug. 7, 2018)—LASP’s new Executive Director, Shawn Boehringer, has dedicated his career to civil legal services in Maryland, Florida and Kentucky, but in joining LASP, he’s returning to his native Pennsylvania. Since arriving at LASP July 19, he worked with departing, longtime Executive Director Elizabeth Wood Fritsch to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Following a national search process, Boehringer officially assumed leadership of LASP on Aug. 1.

LASP is a major regional resource for low-income and vulnerable people needing civil legal services in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

“The Board of Directors’ Search Committee along with staff representatives undertook a rigorous national search for our new executive director,” said Judith Algeo, Esq., President of the 2018-19 LASP Board of Directors and chair of the Search Committee. “There were exceptional applicants, but Shawn Boehringer was beyond impressive. His depth of practical experience in the field, his knowledge of the Legal Aid mission, along with his personal commitment to equal justice for all, brings to the position of Executive Director a person uniquely qualified to lead this agency. The Board is very excited for the future of LASP and strongly believes that LASP will be well-served with Shawn as Executive Director.”

Since 2009, Shawn served as Chief Counsel for Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore. He previously worked as Director of Advocacy for Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 2000-2009, as Staff Attorney for Legal Services of Greater Miami from 1997-2000, and as Staff Attorney for the Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky, based in Prestonsburg, from 1993-1997.

Shawn grew up in Adamstown (near the border of Lancaster and Berks counties). He graduated from Governor Mifflin High School, Shillington; Gettysburg College (B.A.); and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (J.D.).

“The opportunity provided me by LASP’s Board of Directors to lead an organization with such a meaningful mission and history is deeply appreciated and carries with it an awesome responsibility,” Boehringer said. “At its core, LASP is a human rights law firm, providing voices to those who are often voiceless in those forums where civil disputes are decided. The work of LASP is essential in ensuring that fundamental needs are met, including protection from abuse, stabilization of families, and maintenance of income and affordable and livable housing. LASP
will remain a committed community partner advocating for fairness, equity, and due process for those who access our services.”
Boehringer succeeds Elizabeth Wood Fritsch, Esq., who served as LASP’s Co-Executive Director and Executive Director for 21 years. When suburban legal aid agencies joined forces to form LASP in 2001, Fritsch was Executive Director of Bucks County Legal Aid. She became Co-Executive Director of LASP, and served as Executive Director since 2013. “As I move on to explore other opportunities and to spend more time with family, I leave knowing that LASP’s experienced and committed staff, led by a talented new Executive Director, Shawn Boehringer, will continue to have a significant impact on those LASP serves and to fulfill its mission of making access to justice a reality,” Fritsch said.
Shawn Boehringer and Elizabeth Fritsch

Elizabeth Wood Fritsch departed July 31, 2018 after 21 years as LASP Executive Director, while Shawn Boehringer took the helm Aug. 1. They worked together beginning July 19 to ensure a smooth transition. Photos from Liz’s farewell reception, following the June 27, 2018 Board of Directors meeting, are at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmmh8zeB.