Staff Attorney

Chi-Ser TranStaff Attorney Chi-Ser Tran is a Staff Attorney in the SSI Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS), where she represents low-income individuals with disabilities in administrative hearings, as well as other levels of appeal within state and federal processes.  She also works with community partners and key stakeholders to conduct targeted outreach to Asian…

General Counsel

Jonathan SteinGeneral 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 systemic reforms that stabilize…

Senior Attorney

Beth ShapiroSenior Attorney Professional Experience Beth Shapiro is a senior staff attorney with the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services, where she focuses on language rights advocacy and improving access to legal services for language minority clients. As an attorney in CLS’ Elderly Law Project from 1998 to 2008, Ms. Shapiro represented senior citizens…

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…

Naquiesha HarrisParalegal Naquiesha Harris is a paralegal in CLS’ Housing Unit. She is part of the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Program (PEPP) which is a program that focuses on providing representation to low-income tenants facing eviction. PEPP is a multi-agency project that services tenants with and without rental subsidies who have housing related issues and court…

Managing Attorney - Housing Unit

Rachel GarlandManaging Attorney Professional Experience Rachel Garland began her career at Community Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works fellow in 2008. She is currently serving as the Managing Attorney of the Housing Unit.  Ms. Garland represents subsidized housing tenants facing a wide variety of housing issues including eviction, repairs, termination of subsidy, criminal barriers…