Claudia De Palma joined the Law Center in 2018 as a staff attorney and focuses her practice on employment and special education.
Ms. De Palma has a broad and varied background in civil litigation. Before joining the Law Center, she was a litigation associate at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, where she defended the City’s implementation of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Before moving to Philadelphia, Ms. De Palma spent several years working on civil rights issues in New York City. As a legal fellow at Sanctuary for Families, she represented survivors of gender-based violence in immigration and family law cases. As a law student, she advocated for women and children through internships with the Legal Aid Society and Children’s Rights, and served on the editorial board of the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Before law school, Ms. De Palma was a grant writer for the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Guttmacher Institute.
Ms. De Palma graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in American Studies (2005) and received her JD cum laude from the NYU School of Law (2012). She clerked for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant at the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, and she is a co-author of several chapters in the 2018 edition of Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice (Hon. Daniel J. Anders and Bobby Ochoa, III, eds.).