Director - Energy Unit

Robert BallengerDirector –  Energy Unit Mr. Ballenger is an attorney for CLS’s Energy Unit, where he works to restore and maintain clients’ access to essential utilities. Mr. Ballenger has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania since 2004, in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2011 and in the United States…

Supervising Attorney

Seth LyonsSupervising Attorney Seth Lyons is a Staff Attorney in the CLS Employment Unit. He began his work at CLS as a Berkeley Law Public Interest Fellow. Seth’s current work focuses on representing low-wage immigrant workers and reducing barriers to employer for people with criminal records through record clearing, individual representation, and systemic advocacy. He…

Staff Attorney

Brendan LynchStaff Attorney Professional Experience Brendan Lynch started at CLS in 1998 as an Independence Foundation fellow in the Public Benefits unit. From 2000 – 2001 he clerked for the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Following his clerkship, he returned to work at CLS. …

Staff Attorney

Tracie JohnsonStaff Attorney Professional Experience Tracie Johnson is a Staff Attorney in the Youth Justice Project sponosored by the Hive at Community Legal Services. Ms. Johnson first worked with CLS as a certified legal intern on the Youth Justice Project and later as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She now works to create career pathways…

Senior Attorney

Nadia HewkaSenior Attorney Nadia Hewka started at CLS in 1997 as a Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Project, where she currently works as a Senior Attorney and heads its Vulnerable Workers project. She has developed specializations in representation of immigrant workers and particularly undocumented workers, the rights of people with criminal records, and tax…

Supervising Attorney

Jamie GullenSupervising Attorney Professional Experience Jamie Gullen is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit and Youth Justice Project at Community Legal Services. Ms. Gullen began her career at CLS as a law student intern in 2010, and was awarded a Penn Law fellowship sponsored by the Langer, Grogan, and Diver law firm to continue…

Litigation Director and Managing Attorney - Employment Unit

Sharon Dietrich Litigation Director and Managing Attorney – Employment Unit Professional Experience Sharon Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Unit of Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, since 1987.  She became CLS’ Managing Attorney for Public Benefits and Employment in 1997, and its Litigation Director in 2014.  Ms. Dietrich represents low-income Philadelphians in employment matters,…

Supervising Attorney

Pam WalzSupervising Attorney Pamela Walz is a Supervising Attorney in the Health and Independence Unit at CLS. Ms. Walz’s practice includes representation of older adults and younger individuals with disabilities in matters involving nursing home and personal care home residents’ rights, access to home and community based long term services and supports, public benefits and…

Staff Attorney

Kate VengraitisStaff Attorney Kate Vengraitis is an attorney in the SSI and Health and Independence Units at Community Legal Services. Ms. Vengraitis began her career at CLS as a law student intern in 2013. Her practice focuses on representing adults and children facing issues attaining and maintaining Supplemental Security Income benefits. She also assists older…

Managing Attorney - Health and Independence Unit

Amy HirschManaging Attorney Amy Hirsch currently serves as the Managing Attorney for the CLS Health and Independence Unit. Prior to this position, Ms. Hirsch was a supervising attorney at Community Legal Services for nearly fifteen years. In her positions at CLS, Ms. Hirsch has worked on state and federal civil litigation and policy advocacy with…