Attorney Fellow

Lelabari Giwa-Ojuri is an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Family Advocacy Unit. Lelabari’s project focuses on using a community lawyering approach to stop intergenerational DHS involvement and family separation. She previously worked as a Court Representative for a diversion program for young people charged as adults in New York. She also worked as a…

Paralegal

Belle Tilson is a paralegal in the CLS Family Advocacy Unit.  

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…

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…

Paralegal

Lili SmackParalegal Honors & Awards Equal Justice Award, Community Legal Services (2019)

Staff Attorney

Elizabeth Larin is a Supervising Attorney in the Family Advocacy Unit, which represents parents in all stages of dependency proceedings, including adjudication, permanency reviews, termination of parental rights trials and appeals. She joined CLS as a staff attorney in 2013. Prior to joining CLS, Elizabeth served for eight years as an Assistant Federal Defender for…

Technical Assistant

Deborah HoldenTechnical Assistant Honors & Awards Equal Justice Award, Community Legal Services (2012)

Staff Attorney

Alex Dutton is a Staff Attorney in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services. Alex defends parents who are at risk of losing their children to foster care due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Before joining CLS, Alex was an Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Education Law…

Social Worker

Ron Ayler is a Social Worker in the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS), where he works with attorneys and paralegals as part of legal team advocating for parents involved with the child welfare system. He also supervises graduate level social work interns and participates in local and state policy groups. Prior to…