On the Loss of two VAW Legal Allies

On the Loss of two VAW Legal Allies

We would like to take this time to express our condolences on the passing of both Mr. Ed Mann and Mr. David Ashford.

Anova is grateful that for almost 3 decades, both Mr. Ed Mann and Mr. David Ashford have supported women and families, experiencing violence and abuse. They were both always a familiar name on the legal aid lists.

I will always remember Ed Mann with his large frame, walking around the courthouse with his head down, because he was so tall.

David Ashford made sure that he looked at you and recognized you by name. He always had a smile on his face and was very welcoming.

They both would sit with their clients and in a calm, supportive and compassionate manner they would explain what was going on, options and possible outcomes and more importantly spend time listening. Women who they represented during some of their most fearful times, were confident and happy with their service. They both would get back to them, answering questions and concerns, even when it was not the best news. Also both lawyers were flexible in supporting clients that didn’t qualify for Legal Aid, they would offer affordable payment plans.