BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board oversees and advises the management of Equal Access Legal Services with the goal of building a sustainable, successful legal practice.
Alison brings a varied professional background to the board, having worked as a teacher, Peace Corps Volunteer, white collar defense attorney, Third Circuit law clerk for the Honorable Thedore McKee, and education policy researcher. Alison currently works as a Principal Fellow at Feltonville School of Arts & Science, a public school in North Philadelphia.
Zane is the Managing Attorney at Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, where he started his legal career as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. Zane has represented over 1,000 Philadelphians seeking a fresh start. He is a graduate of Temple University's Beasley School of Law, earned the Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student award for his commitment to pro bono service, volunteers with the Good Shepherd Mediation Program, is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute, and serves on the board of Art for Justice.
Justin brings experience managing and advising communications, marketing, and public relations for Philadelphia nonprofit organizations. He's currently the Senior Manager of Public Affairs at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. Justin earned his BA and MS from Drexel University, and completed the Young Involved Philadelphia's Nonprofit Board Prep Program before joining the Equal Access Legal Services board.
David brings three decades of experience in real estate and finance to Equal Access Legal Services. He is currently the Principal of David Freed Associates, formerly the Director of Cooperative Housing Development and Finance with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, Vice President at TCG Development Services, and Vice President at Capital Impact.
Ashish is an attorney at Chermol & Fishman, LLC, where he represents individuals seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. He also has experience in personal injury, foreclosure, banking, immigration, family, and criminal cases. Ashish earned his JD from Rutgers University School of Law. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Christian Legal Clinic of Philadelphia, and For The Artists, LLC.
John at is an attorney at Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC in Seattle Washington. He currently concentrates his practice on representing clients in construction, real estate, and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitration. He also has experience with employment and commercial litigation. John also mentors young adults who are considering legal practice in both the Lawyers in the Classroom program and Swarthmore Theta Career Collaborative.
Leslie A. Margolies
Leslie has been a practicing lawyer and staunch consumer advocate for over 28 years. She is the founder and director of The Real Estate Group, local counsel for Citizens Disability, a licensed realtor, and certified credit repair coach and retirement counselor. Throughout her career, Leslie has devoted herself to assisting consumers with legal, financial and real estate related matters.
Edy is a lawyer and HR professional who currently serves as the Human Resources Manager for EdReports.org and is the owner/principal of PennSquared Consulting. She has a broad range of HR experience, including talent acquisition, executive coaching, staff training and development, and culture-building. She also has varied experience in the nonprofit arena having served as a board member, executive, staff, and adviser to various organizations. Edy has a BA and JD from Temple University.