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.

To learn more about us and our recent news, please view our newsletters.

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

Our Team

Theresa Brabson
Theresa BrabsonLegal Director and Duffy Fellow
Patrick Donovan
Patrick DonovanStaff Attorney
Ashley EtheridgeStaff Paralegal
Darlene Hemerka
Darlene HemerkaStaff Attorney
Emily Jenkins
Emily JenkinsStaff Attorney
Jackson MillerHousing Paralegal
Linda Peyton
Linda PeytonExecutive Director
Alexandra Robinson
Alexandra RobinsonIndependence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow
Ari RomneyOperations Manager
Sherry Thomas
Sherry ThomasDirector, Housing Initiative
Steve Valero
Steve ValeroStaff Attorney
Peter Valle
Peter ValleStaff Attorney

Some staff photography courtesy of Ciril Mathew Photography.

Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc.

Our Board of Directors


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

Vice President

Brenna Dee Kelly, Esq.
DLA Piper, LLP
(Member 2017)


Elizabeth Vaysman, Esq.
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLC
(Member 2019)


Andrew J. Still, CPA, CFE
Manager, Advisory Services – Forensics, KPMG, LLP
(Member 2021)

Members 2021

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

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

Caitlin Donnelly, Esq.
KML Law Group, P.C.
(Member 2018)

Emily Ryan-Fiore, Esq.
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby
(Member 2021)

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

Alicia Kachmar, BA, BSN, RN
Pre-Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania
(Member 2018)

Aisha T. Liferidge MD, MPH, FACEP
Associate Professor, Attending Physician, George Washington University Hospital
(Member 2018)

Jeffrey M. Monhait, Esq.
Cozen O’Connor
(Member 2021)

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

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

Board Observers

Adam Fulginiti, Esq.

Marshall Dennehey

Emily Ryan-Fiore, Esq.

Weber Gallagher

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 accepting applications for a staff attorney.  The job description may be found here.

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Theresa Brabson, Legal Director by emailing tbrabson@lcdphila.org.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For internships,  fellowships and volunteer opportunities please click here.