Our Staff

Shirley Peng – Disaster Relief Project Manager

Shirley Peng manages the state-wide Disaster Relief Project. She has worked at Legal Aid of Nebraska since December 2009 and is passionate to the mission – to provide quality civil legal aid for those who have nowhere else to turn.

Shirley graduated in 2006 from the University of California – Los Angeles, with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and in 2009, obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Chapman University School of Law.  Her expertise is in representing clients in social security disability, bankruptcy, and other public benefits, consumer and tax cases.

Shirley is licensed to practice in Nebraska and California, the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the Ponca Tribal Court, the Winnebago Tribal Court, the Santee Sioux Nation Tribal Court, and the Omaha Tribal Court.  She can be reached at speng@legalaidofnebraska.com.

Noah Rasmussen– Disaster Outreach and Access Attorney

Noah Rasmussen is a Disaster Outreach and Access Attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska. He began working at Legal Aid of Nebraska as a law clerk in 2018. He joined the Disaster Project as an attorney in 2020.

Noah graduated in 2016 from the University of South Dakota, with a Bachelors of Arts in History and in 2020 obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Noah can be reached by email at nrasmussen@legalaidofnebraska.org.

Heather Bernt – Disaster Relief Project Paralegal

Heather Bernt is a Paralegal for the Disaster Relief Project. She has worked at Legal Aid of Nebraska with various projects since February 2005. Heather graduated from the College of Saint Mary where she majored in Paralegal studies. She can be reached at hbernt@legalaidofnebraska.org.