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Sharon Dietrich

Litigation Director and Managing Attorney

Community Legal Services, Inc.


Sharon Dietrich has been an attorney with the Employment Law Unit of CLS, Philadelphia, since 1987. She was CLS’ managing attorney for public benefits and employment from 1997 until she became its litigation director in 2014. Dietrich’s work focuses on impact advocacy, with the goal of removing employment barriers, preserving jobs, and gaining access to employment-related benefits. She has testified before Congressional committees and state legislative committees, and has published works on the intersection of criminal records and employment in multiple formats. Under Dietrich’s leadership, CLS has been acknowledged nationally as a pioneer in the practice of employment law in legal services, particularly for developing legal theories and strategies to assist people with criminal records.

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