Staff Attorney

Professional Experience Ms. Svoboda-Kindle is an attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. Ms. Svoboda-Kindle represents clients facing a variety of employment issues, from workplace discrimination to child abuse appeals, with a special focus on criminal record barriers to employment. Ms. Svoboda-Kindle supports record-clearing efforts in Pennsylvania and beyond, particularly by supporting the…

Paralegal

Brandon Trush is a paralegal in the CLS SSI Unit.

Finance Director

Libardo Clavijo Finance Director Libardo (Li) Clavijo is the Finance Director of Community Legal Services.  Li brings a rich non-profit background with over 16 years of experience and a track record of accomplishments in finance and administration, accustomed to cross-functional leadership roles to strengthening organizational value. Prior to joining CLS, Li was Chief Financial Officer…

Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Brenda L. Marrero Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Brenda is currently the Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia.  In her role as Deputy Director of Operations, she provides critical oversight and support to CLS’s staff and management by directing…

Deputy Director of Legal Practice

Katherine J. Gomez Deputy Director of Legal Practice Professional Experience Katherine J. Gomez is the Deputy Director of Legal Practice for Community Legal Services Inc. (CLS).  The Deputy Director of Legal Practice works as a member of a team of legal managers, ensuring CLS’ legal work is of the highest quality. In that role, she…

Executive Director

Deborah L. Freedman Executive Director Debby Freedman is the Executive Director of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS), the largest public interest law firm in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Freedman received a B.A. with High Honors from the University of Michigan and she is a graduate of Yale Law School. As Executive Director, Ms. Freedman oversees CLS’s…

Staff Attorney

Whiquitta TobarStaff Attorney Kee Tobar is a social security benefits attorney in the Youth Justice Project at Community Legal Services, with a focus on social security advocacy and providing legal services to transition-aged youth. She began her time at CLS as a Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow with a project focusing on increasing access to…

Staff Attorney

Maripat PileggiStaff 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 30 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…