Supervising Attorney

Maripat PileggiSupervising Attorney Maripat Pileggi joined Community Legal Services Inc. in 2007 as a staff attorney in the Health and Independence Unit. She works with clients to resolve legal problems that arise in many different government benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration, Department of Public Welfare, and the Department of Insurance. Ms. Pileggi…

Supervising Attorney

Louise HayesSupervising Attorney Louise Hayes has been an attorney at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center since 1997, when she joined CLS as an Independence Foundation Fellow.  While helping CLS clients get and keep a range of public benefits, her expertise is in SNAP and cash assistance programs, including programs to help clients move toward self-sufficiency. …

Senior Attorney

Richard WeishauptSenior Attorney Richard P. Weishaupt has worked at Community Legal Services for more than 40 years, where he is currently a Senior Attorney for Health and Human Services. He specializes in public benefits and health law and has written extensively in the field. Mr. Weishaupt has designed and taught substantive law and legal skills…

Staff Attorney

Chi-Ser TranStaff Attorney 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…

Of Counsel

Jonathan SteinOf Counsel Professional Experience Jonathan M. Stein began his career with Community Legal Services Inc. in 1968, when he joined CLS as a staff attorney through the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship Program. Since then Mr. Stein has served as Chief of Health, Education and Welfare Project, Chief of Law reform, Acting Managing Attorney of…

Staff Attorney

Claire GrandisonStaff Attorney Claire Grandison is a Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services (CLS) where she works in the SSI Unit and co-leads the Youth Justice Project.  She focuses on increasing access to services and SSI benefits for older youth with disabilities, and providing holistic, community-based legal services to youth. Claire was previously an Independence…

Staff Attorney

Lydia GottesfeldStaff Attorney Lydia Gottesfeld is the Supervising Attorney of the Medical-Legal Partnership and a member of the Energy and Health and Independence Units.  Ms. Gottesfeld works with CLS’s medical-legal partnerships, where CLS legal advocates work onsite at health clinics, partnering with health care providers and social workers to address social determinants of health for…

Supervising Attorney/Duffy Fellow

Jennifer BurdickSupervising Attorney/Duffy Fellow Jennifer Burdick is a Supervising Attorney in the SSI Unit at Community Legal Services. Her practice focuses on representing adults and children facing issues both attaining and maintaining Supplemental Security Income benefits in administrative hearings and in Federal Court.  She also advocates nationally for important systemic reforms to stabilize and improve…

Managing Attorney - SSI Unit and Medical-Legal Partnership

Kristen DamaManaging Attorney – SSI Unit and Medical Legal Partnership Kristen Dama is the Managing Attorney of SSI and Medical-Legal Partnership.  In that role, she oversees CLS’s work connecting individuals with serious disabilities to Social Security income supports.  She also oversees the SSI Unit’s work fighting for local, state, and federal policies that stabilize and…

Social Worker

David WengertSocial Worker As the social worker in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, David Wengert advocates for tenant rights and fights homelessness by helping low-income families prevent eviction. He represents tenants at hearings, coordinates housing intake and organizes efforts to expand tenant rights. He organized and currently serves as the chair…