Staff Attorney

Staff AttorneyHe/him Vikram Patel is a staff attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) and focuses on providing legal representation to indigent tenants facing eviction or other landlord-tenant issues. Prior to his time at CLS, Vikram worked on a number of federal issues primarily focusing on intellectual property. Vikram also drafted and…

Paralegal

Maggie Dekker is a paralegal in the CLS Health & Independence Unit. Maggie, Philadelphia born and raised, is a proud graduate of both the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts’ Vocal Music program and Temple University’s undergraduate Sociology program. After college, Maggie worked for a year as the Community Outreach Manager for the Honduras Child…

Staff Attorney

Yalonda Houston is a staff attorney in Community Legal Services’ Family Advocacy Unit. Before joining CLS, she clerked for the Honorable Lisette Sheridan-Harris, and worked as a solo practitioner with offices in Philadelphia, Chester County, and Delaware court, specializing in family law which included custody, divorce, and dependency.   She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania…

Social Worker

Saadiqa KumanyikaSocial Worker Saadiqa Kumanyika is a Social Worker in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS), where she works with an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and a peer parent advocate to support parents involved in the child welfare system. Prior to joining CLS, she worked as a case manager…

Lorraine Mojica is a paralegal in the CLS Intake Unit.

Peer Parent Advocate

April Lee is CLS’ first Peer Parent Advocate in the Family Advocacy Unit, the first person in a role of this kind in Legal Services in Pennsylvania. April’s lived experience with the Child Welfare system gives her a perspective and empathy that helps her to advocate for and assist parents going through similar situations. April…

Nadeen Almanzar is a paralegal in the CLS Health & Independence Unit. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2019 with a double-major in Ethnicity and Race Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Psychology. During college, Nadeen interned with the Hispanic Federation’s Health Team where she planned and implemented community education…

Staff Attorney

Kintéshia ScottStaff Attorney Kintéshia Scott is a Staff Attorney in the Energy Unit at CLS. Ms. Scott advocates for low-income Philadelphians to have access to affordable water, heat, and electricity in their homes through direct legal representation and policy advocacy. Prior to working at CLS, Ms. Scott worked as an associate attorney with the Southern…

Staff Attorney

Sara LynchStaff Attorney Sara Lynch is an attorney in the SSI Unit at Community Legal Services.  She represents children and adults with disabilities to access and maintain Social Security income support.  Through outreach, training, and assistance, Sara and paralegal Silvana Marr-Madariaga collaborate with community groups citywide to ensure that people facing barriers to SSI get…

Staff Attorney

Rhiannon DiClemente is a Staff Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services.  Rhiannon represents clients facing a variety of employment issues, from wage theft to workplace discrimination, with a special focus on immigrant workers.  She previously was an associate at the law firm of Dechert LLP, specializing in labor and employment law and…