Professional Staff

Portrait of Amanda Elkins

Amanda Elkins

Director, Attorney

Amanda Elkins (she/her) joined Student Legal Services in September 2014. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2010 and served as a Student Legal Services intern during law school. Amanda worked in private practice and as a judicial law clerk before returning to SLS as an attorney. She is a member of the Coralville Public Library Board of Trustees and serves as a Prisoner Advocate on the University’s Institutional Review Boards. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading, tennis, and hiking.

Portrait of Alyssa Pomponio

Alyssa Pomponio

Assistant Director, Attorney

Alyssa Pomponio (she/her) joined Student Legal Services in May 2020. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 2012, and is admitted to practice law in Iowa, Washington, and California. Alyssa previously worked as a public defender and civil legal aid attorney in Washington state, and helped coordinate the University of Iowa’s Title IX response. She is passionate about sex worker advocacy and is trained in restorative justice and mediation. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys playing with her dog, doing ceramics, and hiking.

Portrait of Rachel Korach Howell

Rachel Korach Howell

Office Manager

Rachel Korach Howell (she/her) is an east coaster and University of Iowa Theatre Arts graduate. She continues to work with many local theatre companies as an actor and director. Rachel admires powerful women, proudly displaying their action figures at the SLS office. Rachel and her partner have 2 kiddos and 3 fur babies.

Student Staff

Portrait of Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Outreach Coordinator

Jessica Williams (she/her) is a 4th-year Journalism and Mass Communications student from Glenwood, Iowa. In her free time, she loves to work out, spend time hiking and biking, and travel to different fun destinations with friends and family. Fun fact: She hopes to continue her family business in NHRA Drag Racing and drive her own car one day!

Portrait of Molly McCain

Molly McCain

Outreach Coordinator

Molly McCain (she/her) is a 3rd-year Business Analytics student from Emmetsburg, Iowa. She is an active member in the University of Iowa’s chapter of the College Diabetes Network. She loves to paint, swim, and travel with friends and family! If you're ever looking for Molly outside the office, you'll probably find her on a golf course!

Certified Legal Interns

Each semester, SLS hosts law student interns from the University of Iowa College of Law. Interns assist SLS attorneys with intake appointments, client files, and research. Intern profiles are posted each semester on SLS social media accounts.