Leah is a tireless advocate for the rights of children and adults with special needs to access education, affordable health care and other benefits. In addition to helping families resolve conflicts with schools, Leah's work at Frankel & Kershenbaum includes counseling families on the full range of benefits available to them. She is also skilled at developing creative solutions to the complicated and sensitive problems involved in special needs estate planning. Specifically, Leah assists clients at Frankel & Kershenbaum in accessing Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance), Social Security and other public benefits. She also advises families on how to set up a special needs trust, so that eligibility for such benefits will not be compromised. Leah also assists in creating health care powers of attorney and living wills and represents clients in all aspects of guardianship proceedings.
Leah’s special education law work at Frankel & Kershenbaum includes counseling and litigation under The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504, and other federal and state statutes and regulations protecting the educational rights of children. She represents parents in all stages of education litigation, settlement conferences, due process hearings, discipline proceedings, manifestation hearings and IEP meetings. Prior to joining Frankel Kershenbaum, Leah worked for five years in the health care practice group and litigation department at the Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. Her practice included representing reproductive and community health clinics in regulatory compliance matters as well as plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation and appeals.
Before joining Schnader, Leah clerked for the honorable Paul S. Diamond of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Leah has also worked in the Public Benefits Unit at Community Legal Services where she helped clients access Social Security and Medicaid/Medical Assistance benefits and advocated for increased access to health care for children and other public benefits to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and Department of Insurance. She also represented clients with disabilities at Temple Legal Aid where she drafted powers of attorney, advanced directives and other life and estate planning documents.
Leah has written on the rights of breast feeding mothers in the workplace and authored a published law review article entitled "Can Lawsuits Help the Uninsured Access Affordable Hospital Care? Potential Theories for Uninsured Patient Plaintiffs."
Leah is a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University, Beasley School of Law and a graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in History and German Studies. Before law school, Leah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and worked at Human Rights Watch in New York City. Also while in college at Vassar, she spent two years living abroad in Berlin, Germany.
Leah now lives with her husband Wayne, a professor at the University of Delaware, and two children in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. She is an active member of Mt. Airy USA and served on the board of The Big Backyard Nursery School.
- J.D., magna cum laude, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2006
- B.A., Vassar College, 1999
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Frankel & Kershenbaum, LLC, Of Counsel
- Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, Health Law & Litigation
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul S. Diamond of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Education Volunteer, Peace Corps Morocco
- Human Rights Watch
- Paralegal, Pillsbury Winthrop Stimson & Roberts
- American Bar Association, Health Law Section
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Thomson Reuters published annually in Philadelphia Magazine, 2012-2014
- The First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Roll of Honor 2010
- Rubin Public Interest Honor Society Fellow Temple University
- Presser / Rubin Public Interest Scholarship Recipient
- Lead Articles Editor, Temple Law Review
- Jack M. Golden and Frieda Golden Prize for Superior legal research & writing in health law
- Nat N. Wolfsohn Memorial Award for outstanding grades in the field of real property law
- Jerry Zaslow Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement & law school activities
- Best Paper, Federal Courts & Jurisdiction
- Want More Feedback? Ask for it!, The Legal Intelligencer, First Year Associate Supplement (July 1, 2011)
- Reasonable Break Time for Breastfeeding Mothers Clarified, Society for Human Resource Management Legal Report (February 28, 2011)
- Comment, Can Lawsuits Help the Uninsured Access Affordable Hospital Care? 78 TEMP. L. REV. 493 (2005).