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As one of two paralegals on staff, Brenda Bove has a host of weighty responsibilities. But much of her time is spent on the phone, listening to countless stories of tragedy and injustice.

Often the calls come from people whose problems lie outside the scope of the ACLU’s mission. Even so, Brenda will find the time to listen to their stories. After more than 35 years on the job – qualifying her as the organization’s longest-serving employee – she’s created a store of agencies and organizations that, depending on the nature of the problem, might be better positioned to provide assistance.

Her sense of humor explains her personal motto, a phrase made famous by Emily Litella, a fictional character from Saturday Night Live’s early years, "It’s always something!" To alleviate work-related stress, Brenda spends her free time golfing, bowling, playing tennis, and reading.