STEPHEN RODGER ELIAS (1941-2011), a foundational member of Lake County Community Radio (LCCR), served on the Board of Directors for over ten years and hosted numerous morning radio programs for KPFZ 88.1 fm since the inception of the station in September, 2001 (9-1-1). Steve was known for his passion and commitment to serving the people, especially those without a voice. Steve wrote and edited numerous self-help law books for Nolo Press that largely comprise the publisher's book list, and enable the general public to research their own legal problems or proceed in pro bono cases. Steve was responsible for changing unfair legal practices through his astute intelligence and breadth of understanding criminal law, and his founding and directing Self-Help Law reflected this philosophy.
Steve's love of and his devotion to his wife of 35 years, Catherine Jermany-Elias, and her support for him in radio, law and their other broad interests in sports, music and community development enriched the fabric of their lives. After Steve's death in 2012 Catherine continued his legacy in their partnered work through the founding of the Bankruptcy Law Project.
Their common love for their children and extended family and Steve's life and the way he lived it represent many elements of peace: honesty, kindness, compassion, wisdom, perseverance, tolerance, understanding, generosity, loyalty, inclusion and empathy towards those in need, inspiring all who knew and loved him.
PBS NEWSHOUR - Click here for transcript: Power to the People with Catherine Jermany Elias and Andy Weiss
Steve's Book & Software List:
By Steve Elias: April 2008 Archives
County of Lake Law Library
Steve Elias assisted in the establishment of the Lake County Law Library