Rasheedah Phillips began her career at Community Legal Services as a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network MLK, Jr. fellow in 2008. She is currently serving as Managing Attorney in the Housing Unit, where she represents low-income tenants facing eviction and other housing issues. Ms. Phillips is an expert in subsidized housing law and has successfully advocated for changes at the Philadelphia Housing Authority. She recently published an article in Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review on barriers to housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Ms. Phillips first came to CLS as a legal intern in the Family Advocacy Unit. As an intern, she assisted in creating a community education workshop that educated teenage parents and their advocates on their legal rights in the areas of custody, child support, education, public benefits and other rights. She conducted the workshops for various teen parenting programs and advocacy organizations throughout the city. In 2008 she became a Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow in the Community Economic Development Unit, providing legal advice, representation, and resources to low-income child care businesses and non-profit, community organizations. Rasheedah is a 2008 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law, and a 2005 Sum Cum Laude graduate of Temple University, with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Ms. Phillips has been active in leading various advocacy campaigns that have resulted in legislative changes, including laws that made it easier for family child-care providers to obtain zoning. She spearheaded the Philly Eviction Prevention Project pilot program created in 2017.
Rasheedah Phillips currently serves as the Co-chair of the Housing Security Working Group and as a Board Member on Roadmaps to Homes.
Ms. Phillips earned her J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2008. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University in 2005, with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.
2019 Barristers Association of Philadelphia Outstanding Young Attorney Award
2018 Community Legal Services of Philadelphia Equal Justice Award
2018 Temple University Law School Black Law Student Association Haddon, McClellan, and Richardson Alumni Award
2017 National Housing Law Project Housing Justice Award
2017 City & State Pennsylvania 40 under 40 Rising Star award, a 2016 Shriver Center Racial Justice Institute Fellow
2013 Next Generation of Women Leaders: Rising Stars presented by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia City Council