Chi-Ser Tran is a Staff Attorney in the SSI Unit and the Language Access Project at Community Legal Services (CLS). She represents low-income individuals with disabilities in administrative hearings and other levels of appeal within state and federal processes. She also focuses on language rights advocacy and improving access to legal services for clients who are limited English proficient (LEP).
Prior to the SSI Unit, Ms. Tran was an Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale Fellow in the Employment Unit. Her project addressed employment barriers that low-wage, LEP Asian immigrant workers face. Ms. Tran conducted community education and biweekly clinics in Chinatown and South Philadelphia, provided direct representation, and engaged in policy advocacy.
During law school, Ms. Tran worked at the Philadelphia Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, the Employment Unit at CLS, Nationalities Service Center, the Sheller Center for Social Justice, and the Temple Legal Aid Office.
Prior to law school, Ms. Tran was Voting Rights Organizer at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Programs Fellow at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, and Project Coordinator of the inaugural Summer Youth Career Exploration Program at BPSOS – Delaware Valley.
Ms. Tran is the President-Elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA). She co-chairs its Community Outreach Committee and is a member of the Marutani Fellowship Committee. Chi-Ser is also a Board Member of SEAMAAC, an organization that supports and serves immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia.
Ms. Tran was a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. During law school, Ms. Tran received several public interest honors, including the Public Interest Section Law Student Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Judge William Marutani Fellowship from APABA-PA, and the Haywood Burns Fellowship from the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Tran was also the two-time recipient of the Peggy Browning Fellowship.
Ms. Tran earned her JD from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2016. She earned her BA from New York University in 2009, where she majored in Asian/Pacific/American Studies.