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Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance Elect New Board Members

Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Legal Assistance Elect New Board Members

Community Legal Services (CLS) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) have elected four new members to their overlapping Boards of Directors.

Joining CLS’s and PLA’s overlapping Boards of Directors are Larry Bendesky, Managing Shareholder of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, PC; Dorothy “Dee” Boykin, of DBW Tax Services; Bridget Henry, of Numbers and Colors Learning Center; and Marisa Tilghman of The Vanguard Group.

Joining CLS’s Board of Directors is Jeffrey Rosenthal of Blank Rome LLP.

“Without CLS and PLA, many Philadelphians would be unable to have access to a courtroom to fight for a home to live in or for basic, everyday needs.  It is an honor to be a part of these two organizations that have such a profound and practical impact on so many lives,” said Larry Bendesky.

Said Dee Boykin, “It's an honor to be a part of an organization that serves others. As a Philadelphia native, divorced, business owner, and mother, I've had my share of legal hardships.  I know exactly how it feels to be in a position of feeling powerless and not having the resources to defend.  Years ago as a previous client, I got the opportunity first hand to experience the professionalism and dedication PLA and CLS have to offer.  I am forever grateful and look forward to doing my part as a board member.”

Bridget Henry said, “As a child care provider in the community it is my pleasure and duty to continue to serve and give back to the community. As a member of these Boards, I am looking forward to working with both organizations to help families and communities.”

“It is an honor and privilege to support the efforts of CLS and PLA. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work with organizations that provide such vital legal services to so many members of our community,” said Marisa Tilghman.

“Community Legal Services has been doing so much, for so many, for so long,” said Jeffrey Rosenthal. “As CLS embarks on its impressive 50th year of serving those who need it most, I feel truly honored to have been asked to join such a caring, talented and committed team of staff members, attorneys and fellow Board members.  I look forward to working together to improve our shared community.”

Founded in 1966, CLS is Philadelphia’s oldest and largest nonprofit law firm devoted to ensuring the access to justice for low-income people.  PLA has been Philadelphia’s federally-funded civil legal services provider since 1996.