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…

Staff Attorney

Ian CharltonStaff Attorney Ian Charlton is a Staff Attorney in the Landlord-Tenant unit at Community Legal Services. His project focuses on preventing evictions for low-income Philadelphians by enhancing Municipal Court procedures and increasing access to the Court. Ian was previously a legal intern in the Landlord-Tenant Unit at Community Legal Services, the Consumer Housing Unit…

Managing Attorney for Housing Policy

Rasheedah PhillipsManaging Attorney for Housing Policy Professional Experience Rasheedah Phillips is currently serving as Managing Attorney for Housing Policy in the Housing Unit. Ms. Phillips is an expert in subsidized housing law and has successfully advocated for changes in housing policy affecting the entire City of Philadelphia and beyond.  Ms. Phillips first came to CLS…

Senior Attorney

Montgomery L. WilsonSenior Attorney Professional Experience Monty Wilson is a senior attorney with CLS’s Consumer Housing Unit.  His practice focuses largely on municipal tax foreclosure & mortgage foreclosure defense in both state and federal court. He has also worked extensively with local community organizations and the City of Philadelphia to aid Philadelphia homeowners faced with…

Senior Staff Attorney

Thu TranSenior Staff Attorney Professional Experience Thu B. Tran is a Senior Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services, where she has worked since 2004.   Professional Associations Prior to CLS, Ms. Tran worked at Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society for four years, as an immigration attorney. She received a two-year Public Interest Fellowship from the Independence Foundation to represent…

Senior Staff Attorney

Kerry E. SmithSenior Staff Attorney Kerry Smith is a senior staff attorney in the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, where she represents low-income consumers victimized by abusive, unfair, or predatory practices and homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure.  Ms. Smith also engages in regulatory and legislative advocacy on behalf of her…

Staff Attorney

Laura SmithStaff Attorney Laura R. Smith is a Staff Attorney in the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit who joined Community Legal Services in 2018 as an Independence Foundation Fellow. She works for economic justice for low-income Philadelphians by defending against abusive collections practices, preserving income and inter-generational financial stability, and improving access and due process…

Staff Attorney

Jonathan SgroStaff Attorney Jonathan Sgro is a Supervising Attorney in the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit where he leads the Unit’s property tax work, including individual representation and systemic advocacy on behalf of low-income Philadelphia homeowners at-risk of property tax foreclosures. Jonathan also represents homeowners in mortgage foreclosure, Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and other matters aimed at home…

Supervising Attorney

Peter SchneiderSupervising Attorney Professional Experience Peter D. Schneider is a supervising attorney at Community Legal Services Inc., in Philadelphia. Since 2003, he has been a member of the CLS Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit, where he presents low-income homeowners and consumers, primarily defending them against mortgage foreclosure.   Prior Associations Mr. Schneider was a supervising…