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.
Kevin Manuel-Bentley, Paralegal, joined the AIDS Law Project in October 2010. As the Housing Paralegal, he represents clients in a variety of housing issues, mainly Landlord-Tenant disputes and against utility companies. Kevin, a Baltimore native, graduated from Swarthmore College, where he majored in Political Science and double-minored in Spanish and Black Studies. Coming from a tennis family, he spends most of his free time playing tennis with family and friends.
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.
Ronda B. Goldfein, Esq., Executive Director, has led the organization since 2000. A nationally recognized advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, she is listed among the top 100 HIV/AIDS activists in the United States by POZ magazine and website. Goldfein has been 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. She was honored by Philadelphia FIGHT’s Jonathan Lax Treatment Center for chairing FIGHT’s Institutional Review Board, receiving a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives noting “her exemplary record of service, in keeping with the highest ideals of this Commonwealth.” She was voted a “Super Lawyer” in a poll of more than 36,000 Pennsylvania attorneys published jointly by Law & Politics and Philadelphia Magazine. In 2012, Goldfein was elected to chair the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, the official civilian oversight agency for the city’s police department. She is a vice president and member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, and a board member of the ACLU’s Philadelphia chapter. A graduate of the University of Miami, she holds a J.D. from the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, and is admitted to practice law in 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.
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.
Rebecca Richman, Intake Paralegal, began working for us in July 2012. She came to us from Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she volunteered for the Aging and Disabilities unit, helping out on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and disability cases. She graduated from West Chester University and holds a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She enjoys baking and scuba diving.
Scriabin Rimerman, Office Manager, is responsible both for the physical upkeep of the office and for purchasing everything from pencils to telephone systems. A one-time CPA, Rimerman has an accounting degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.
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.