Staff

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AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania staff, October 2014. Photo courtesy Don Groff, (c) 2014.

Juan Baez, Esq., Staff Attorney, was last with us as a student of the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, when he was part of the 2009-2010 Civil Practice Field Clinic, which we hosted in our office. Now, in addition to assisting the other attorneys with their cases, Juan has his own consumer, tax, estate planning and student loan caseload. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Jennifer Collins, Esq., Housing Attorney, came to us after completing a fellowship in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she represented clients in public housing cases. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2008 graduate of Amherst College. While in law school, Jenna spent two years as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where she assisted low-income clients in family law cases and government benefits cases. She also spent a summer working at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and another at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Jennifer, born and raised in Cleveland, spends her spare time trying to enjoy watching her hometown sports’ teams play.

blairBlair C. Dickerson, Esq., Volunteer Attorney, works primarily with the intake review committee, interviewing clients and assessing the best way to proceed with cases.  He is an adjunct instructor in the graduate program, business division, at Wilmington University. Blair is a former anti-discrimination investigator for the state of Delaware.

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Malissa L. Durham, J.D., Equal Justice Works Fellow, first joined the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania as a summer legal intern in 2013. She has returned as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, generously sponsored by the Norflet Progress Fund, specializing in family law litigation, including divorce, child and spousal support, and domestic violence. A 2014 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Go Blue!), Malissa served as a student attorney for the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan, representing survivors of sex and labor trafficking in immigration and public benefits matters. She also worked at the Washtenaw County Courthouse for Judge Timothy Connors as a Domestic Relations Mediator, mediating disputes related to divorce and custody actions. In her spare time, Malissa enjoys bread baking, community organizing and nail art.

IMG_0331Jacob Eden, J.D., American University Distinguished Fellow, started at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania as an intake volunteer and became our public benefits paralegal, specializing in preserving clients’ access to life-sustaining benefits. After a three-year break for law school, he is back and continuing his public benefits work, developing a specialty in resolving overpayments, SSI/SSDI issues, and Medicaid.

Michael Gluk-HRMichael Gluk, Housing Paralegal, started with us as a volunteer and was hired in July, 2013 as our Housing Paralegal, working with clients on issues related to utilities, subsidized housing, and landlord/tenant matters. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2008, where he majored in philosophy. While in college, Michael spent two summers interning for the New Milestones Foundation, a nonprofit that benefits people with mental health disabilities and substance abuse issues in his hometown of Austin, TX.”

Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., Executive Director, of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. In December 2010, she was listed among the top 100 HIV/AIDS activists in the United States by POZ magazine  In 2007, Ronda was named “Policymaker of the Year” by the Penn Center for AIDS Research, a joint project of the University of Pennsylvania, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Wistar Institute. In 2005 she was voted a “Super Lawyer” in a poll of more than 36,000 Pennsylvania attorneys published jointly by Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazine. Ronda is chair of  the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, the civilian oversight agency for the city’s police department. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the ACLU’s Philadelphia chapter. A graduate of the University of Miami, she received her J.D. from the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and is admitted to the Bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Yolanda French Lollis, Esq., Managing Attorney, supervises the AIDS Law Project’s staff of lawyers and paralegals. Since joining the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania in 1993, she has represented people living with AIDS at their Social Security Administration hearings and has won thousands of dollars in retroactive benefits for people with AIDS who were wrongfully denied SSD or SSI. In 1998, she initiated the HIV and Immigration Project at the AIDS Law Project. She has successfully represented people living with HIV in getting asylum and legal permanent residency. Immigration lawyers across the nation frequently consult her for advice and technical assistance about overcoming the barriers to immigration for people living with HIV. Although the majority of her work involves Social Security and immigration, she also advocates for the rights of individuals living with HIV in a broad range of issues, including discrimination. She has negotiated settlements for people who were fired from their jobs or refused dental treatment because of HIV positive status. She frequently lectures and provides technical assistance on the issue of HIV confidentiality to a wide audience, including doctors, medical students and social service agencies.  A graduate of the University of Louisville and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, she is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Adrian M. Lowe, Esq.Staff Attorney, was a 2011 Summer Associate at AIDS Law Project while attending Temple Law School. After graduating and being admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, he maintained his relationship with the AIDS Law Project as a volunteer, then as a Fellow. He is developing a specialization in Welfare Law, HIV criminalization, and HIV confidentiality law. Prior to attending law school, Adrian had a 12-year career in social work. He is fluent in English and French.

Scriabin Rimerman, Finance Director, oversees the day-to-day finances of the organization. A one-time CPA, Scriabin has an accounting degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

 

Carol Scarazzini, Comptroller, is responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting.

Arlene Vasquez, Receptionist, is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her experience includes being an administrative assistant at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza hotel, where she coordinated details for weddings, meetings and other special events. She was also a receptionist at the Philadelphia law firm of Corson, Getson & Schatz.


Sarah Schalman-Bergen, Esq., Of Counsel, is an attorney at Berger & Montague, P.C., where her practice includes plaintiffs’ class and collective action employment litigation.  As volunteer of counsel for the AIDS Law Project, she litigates HIV/AIDS discrimination and confidentiality cases. Sarah first became involved with the AIDS Law Project in 2006. Between 2007 and 2009, she served as the Shestack Public Interest Fellow at WolfBlock LLP, where she spent half of her time litigating cases for the AIDS Law Project.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is the author of “CDC’s Call For Routine HIV Testing Raises Implementation Concerns,” an article published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 2007; 35 (1):223-7.  In 2010, Sarah was honored as an “Unsung Hero” by the Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania’s daily law journal, for her pro bono work with the AIDS Law Project.

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