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Our Mission

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) provides free legal services to low-income people with physical 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 problems and continue living safely and independently in the community.

Our attorneys are based across five 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 on positive health care outcomes.

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 works part time for LCD and runs a community-based legal clinic in a low-income neighborhood of Philadelphia. She has extensive experience in the area of legal identification and testified as an expert witness in Applewhite vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the challenge to the Pennsylvania voter ID law. Niki co-drafted the Resolution Supporting the Creation of Administrative Fee Waivers for Low Income Pennsylvania Residents Seeking Non-Drivers Identification Cards and Birth Certificates which was adopted by the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is being lobbied for in Harrisburg.

Theresa Brabson
Theresa BrabsonStaff Attorney

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.

Benjamin Feldman
Benjamin FeldmanStaff Attorney

Ben joined LCD as a staff attorney in 2015 after working as a litigator in private practice, and as a law clerk in federal district court. Ben provides legal services and representation through LCD’s MLPs with Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Family Practice and Counseling Network. Additionally, Ben coordinates Community Legal Outreach Clinics at Inglis House and Associated Services for the Blind.

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.

Alexandra AngeloParalegal

Staff photography courtesy of Ciril Mathew Photography.

Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc. 2016

Our Board of Directors

President

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

Vice President

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

Michael Zyborowicz, CPA
Director, CitrinCooperman
(Member 2013)

Members 2017

Jeanne Doherty
Assistant Medical Director, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
(Member 2011)

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

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

Bob Johnson
VP, David Feldman Worldwide, Inc.
(Member 2015)

Regina Nelson, Esq. 
Reed Smith LLP
(Member 2015)

Katie Samson
Assistant Director of Museum Education, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

(Member 2011)

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

M. Susan Toth, Esq
Rawle & Henderson LLP
(Member 2013)

Timothy G. Ventura, Esq.
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

Employment

STAFF ATTORNEY

Job Summary:

An LCD staff attorney provides high quality legal services to low-income people with physical disabilities in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.  Clients reach LCD either by coming through one of our seven Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) sites, by attending one of our Community Legal Outreach Clinics (CLOC), or by calling our general intake line.

Essential Duties:

The staff attorney will provide legal representation to LCD’s client population in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility.  This includes interviewing clients, conducting research, preparing legal documents, negotiating case resolutions, discovery and motion practice, and providing direct representation in both administrative and civil court proceedings. The staff attorney will provide training, mentoring, and support to volunteer attorneys and supervision, training, and support to legal interns and other student interns. The ideal candidate has 3 years of litigation experience preferable with a working knowledge of one or more of the following substantive areas: SSI/SSDI, landlord/tenant law, family law, public benefits and advance planning documents. The candidate should have an interest in the intersection of public health and the law with an understanding of the concept of social determinants of health.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare training material and presentation for health care partners and community members
  • Participate in clinical research about the MLP model and social determinants of health
  • Create analytical and quantitative assessments of the MLP project
  • Present at community outreach events in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties
  • Participate in a working group within our public interest community, advocacy group, or a community-based organization and a committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Participate in other activities related to LCD’s mission including community education, writing of publishable materials, and submissions for presentations at professional conferences
  • Publish community education materials
  • Assist with development, communications, and media relations
  • Take on other duties and tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the PA Bar required
  • Sensitivity to the special needs of individuals with disabilities
  • Strong organizational, legal, writing and administrative skills required.
  • A proven interest in the intersection of the law, health, policy and the needs of low-income people
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Able to establish effective working relationships with a variety of individuals coming from diverse backgrounds
  • Organized, able to prioritize work, plan and problem-solve, meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Spanish fluency a plus
  • Three year commitment required

Working Conditions and Physical Demands:

An LCD staff attorney must be flexible and adaptable to the changing environments at LCD’s various MLP sites and CLOCS. LCD’s MLP sites are in low-income communities and the legal issues at each site vary. The job requires travel to legal proceedings, client home visits, community meetings, between MLP sites and main office, CLOCS and other locations.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and writing sample to dcastillo@lcdphila.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.  (LCD) is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing free legal services to low-income persons with physical disabilities in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties. LCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, identity or gender expression, age, marital status and/or veteran status.

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