Our Mission

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free legal services to low-income people with disabilities and to the deaf and hard of hearing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Since 1987, LCD, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with offices at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, has helped thousands of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

At LCD, we provide a variety of legal services. As part of our work, we assist victims of domestic violence with getting legal protection from their abusers. We represent victims of identity theft and consumer fraud. We help parents and caregivers access healthcare for their children. We write wills, powers of attorney and living wills. Most of the clients we serve experience physical limitations in their daily activities, and many have suffered catastrophic injuries or illnesses like stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, advanced diabetes, glaucoma, AIDS, amputation or epilepsy. Our services help them overcome legal barriers that impact their ability to live safely and independently in their communities.

Our attorneys are based across seven sites within the Philadelphia area; we train nurses, doctors, residents, social workers and health care staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature and impact positive health care outcomes.

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Almost one out of every two people with disabilities in Philadelphia cannot afford needed legal assistance and qualify for our services.

Our Team

Linda Peyton
Linda PeytonExecutive Director

Linda has been Executive Director since 2008. She joined LCD in 2003 as a Staff Attorney and Director of the Anti-Violence Initiative. Through the Anti-Violence Initiative, Linda represented victims of domestic violence in a variety of legal matters to help them break the cycle of abuse. Prior to joining LCD, Linda spent 20 years with the Defender Association of Philadelphia as a trial and appellate attorney. Linda also serves as adjunct professor at Arcadia University, as faculty for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, and co-chairs the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Consumer Rights Committee.

Esther Miller
Esther MillerManaging Attorney

Esther returned to LCD to take up the position of Managing Attorney in 2008 having previously served as a staff attorney from 1997-2004. Prior to receiving her law degree from Temple University, Esther worked as a practicing social worker for more than 15 years. She has worked as in-house counsel for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and undertook policy work for Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

Niki Ludt
Niki LudtStaff Attorney

Niki joined LCD part-time in 2015 and transitioned to full time in the fall of 2017 to help cover LCD’s MLP at Family Practice and Counseling Network. She came to LCD with thirty years’ experience working at Face to Face Legal Center, a community–based legal clinic in a low-income neighborhood in Philadelphia, where she served as its Legal Director for ten years. Niki has extensive experience in the areas of Social Security disability and legal identification. In 2013 she testified as an expert witness in the successful challenge to the PA Voter ID law. Niki is actively working with members of the Mayor’s office and other partners in the City to help low- income clients obtain fee waivers for PA photo IDs and birth certificates.

Theresa Brabson
Theresa BrabsonStaff Attorney and Duffy Fellow

Theresa Brabson is a Staff Attorney and Duffy Fellow at LCD. She is the project director of PhilaKids, the Medical-Legal Partnership at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. After interning with LCD throughout law school, Theresa joined the staff full-time as an Independence Foundation Public Interest Fellow in 2013. She represents clients on a variety of issues, including landlord/tenant disputes, custody, public benefits, and domestic violence. Theresa graduated magna cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Evan Barker
Evan BarkerStaff Attorney

Evan Barker is a staff attorney providing services to the Hahnemann Medical-Legal Partnership and the Stephen Klein Wellness Center Medical-Legal Partnership at Project HOME. A 2014 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law- Camden, Evan joined LCD after working as an attorney in private practice. During law school Evan was an intern at LCD, a student leader of the Rutgers Camden Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, and an officer with the Association for Public Interest Law.

Brendan Corbalis
Brendan CorbalisStaff Attorney

Brendan Corbalis is Staff Attorney for LCD’s MLP at Family Practice and Counseling Network. As a law student, he served as Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and as a certified legal intern for the Defenders Association. He holds degrees from NYU and Yale University. The Philadelphia Bar Association recognized him with the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Award for outstanding service in the public sector. He earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law.

Lindsey Alexander
Lindsey AlexanderStaff Attorney

Lindsey Alexander is a Staff Attorney for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s MLP, PhilaKids. Prior to LCD, Lindsey worked as the medically needy specialist attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates, representing children with special medical needs and running the Support Center’s MLP with Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia. Before practicing law, Lindsey was a foster care agency worker, and a Peace Corps volunteer with the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

Some staff photography courtesy of Ciril Mathew Photography.

Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. 2018

Our Board of Directors


Matthew Faranda-Diedrich, Esquire
Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC
(Member 2013)

Vice President

Debra Jensen, Esquire
Managing Partner, Galfand Berger LLP
(Member 2009)


Regina Nelson, Esquire
Reed Smith LLP
(Member 2015)


Michael Zyborowicz, CPA
Director, CitrinCooperman
(Member 2013)

Members 2018

Jason A. Daria, Esquire
Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig
(Member 2011)

Jeanne G. Doherty, M.D.
Assistant Medical Director, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
(Member 2011)

Jillian T. Flax, Esquire
Cozen O’Connor
(Member 2016)

Richard W. Foltz, Jr., Esquire
Pepper Hamilton, LLP
(Member 2014)

Rachel J. Gallagher, Esquire
Associate Director/Legal Counsel, Teva Phrmaceuticals

(Member 2017)

Bob Johnson, VP
David Feldman Worldwide, Inc.

(Member 2015)

Katie Samson
Assistant Director of Museum Education, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
(Member 2011)

William H. Stassen, Esquire
Fox Rothschild LLP
(Member 2016)

M. Susan Toth, Esquire
Rawle & Henderson LLP

(Member 2013)

Timothy G. Ventura, Esquire
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

(Member 2015)

Kate Woods, JD, MPH, CHC
Corporate and ACA Compliance Officer, Capital Blue Cross

(Member 2014)

Board Observers

Brenna D. Kelly, Esq.
Associate, DLA Piper

Shu Haur Tang
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, MBA 2018 Candidate

Duffy Fellowship

In 2012, LCD was selected as the first recipient of the “Duffy Fellowship’ which underwrites a staff attorney’s full-time salary. This year’s Duffy Fellow, Theresa Brabson, is the project coordinator at LCD’s Medical Legal Partnership (MLP), PhilaKIDS, at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. 

An MLP integrates legal services into a medical care setting to work with and train doctors, nurses, social workers and healthcare staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature that negatively affect health care outcomes, so that appropriate referrals for legal care can be made.

You can find out more about Duffy + Partners at www.duffyfirm.com

Supporting the LCD Duffy Fellowship


We are currently hiring for a Paralegal position. For more information, please visit our job posting.

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