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Deborah L. Freedman

Executive Director

Professional Experience

Debby Freedman is the Executive Director at Community Legal Services. Ms. Freedman has held several positions at CLS, including Deputy Director, Interim Executive Director, Managing Attorney of Law Center North Central, Managing Attorney of CLS' Family Advocacy Unit and Supervising attorney in both the Welfare and SSI Units.  During her time in management, Ms. Freedman’s work has focused on improving CLS’s supervision and evaluation systems, team building, resource development, implementing new practice tools, staff training and compliance. 

Prior to positions in management, Ms. Freedman was a staff attorney and supervising attorney in the public benefits unit where her work focused on medical assistance and disability law. Ms. Freedman has been a lawyer at CLS since 1992. 

Ms. Freedman currently serves on the Boards of the HIAS Pa, the Community Justice Project and Society Hill Synagogue.  She is an active volunteer with Living Beyond Breast Cancer where she is part of a team of volunteers who staff a helpline for survivors of breast cancer.

Ms. Freedman received a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Michigan and she is a graduate of Yale Law School.

CLS Center City Office 1424 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 981-3784