Meet June’s Volunteer of the Month
“Every week, I log onto VIP’s website and look for available cases,” says Lee Klein, our June Volunteer of the Month. “I take whatever fits into my schedule. I’m really enjoying it.” Lee left a legal practice as an attorney in Israel to move to Pennsylvania seven years ago. She learned of VIP while looking to restart her career in Philadelphia, and she hasn’t looked back.
Since starting with VIP in early 2022, Lee found a love for working with clients in eviction defense cases. “I love real estate, and I thought if there was an area where I could really give back to the community, it’s here, where people are vulnerable and in danger of eviction,” she says. “I was new to eviction defense cases, but with my general understanding of the law and all the knowledge that was available to me through VIP, I decided to help tenants without representation.”
“Lee is an incredible volunteer who isn’t afraid to use VIP’s resources to her advantage, whether it is to bounce strategy ideas off of staff or to get a deeper understanding of the law.” says Landlord-Tenant Staff Attorney Vijaya Singh, who works closely with Lee.
Lee recalls one case that is close to her heart. The client’s name was Ayana, and her landlord was not taking care of her residence. Ayana was legally withholding rent until the house was habitable. As in many of these cases, the landlord tried to force an eviction. That’s when Lee and VIP stepped in.