Andrew has worked on a variety of cases including special education, public accommodations, and access to services. Prior to working with DRP, Andrew was a special education teacher.
Staff Attorney and Assistive Technology Project Director
Dynah’s work focuses on access to housing, transportation, places of public accommodation, and community integration for disabled people. Dynah is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Temple University Beasley School of Law and is driven by the belief that disability is not a problem to be cured, but a part of identity and diversity.
Jeni received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2008 and has since practiced exclusively in the area of special education litigation, representing parents of students with disabilities in due process hearings and federal court appeals. Many of Jeni’s cases have focused on the right of students with disabilities to be included in their neighborhood schools, to receive meaningful transition-to-adulthood services, to receive needed medical services, and to remedy disability discrimination and retaliation. Jeni has trained hundreds of parents, teachers, school administrators, and attorneys on the educational rights of students with disabilities.
Managing Attorney of the Pittsburgh office
Carol received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has since practiced exclusively in the area of civil rights for individuals with disabilities. She has represented clients in a variety of matters related to housing, employment, public accommodations and access to services, supports, and healthcare by using individual and systemic advocacy, and class action litigation.
Rocco focuses primarily on enforcement of the rights of individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Amendments Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Rocco engages in in litigation and advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities facing discrimination in employment, housing, government services, transportation, and public accommodations. Rocco graduated from Ursinus College in 1997 and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2000.
Staff Attorney and Project Director for Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access
Gabe is a staff attorney at Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Ms. Labella, a graduate of Widener Law School, has extensive experience in education law. Her education law practice focuses on the legal rights of children with disabilities. Ms. Labella has provide trainings to hundreds of parents, advocates, and attorneys about education law. At DRP, Ms. Labella’s focus is on special education law. Ms. Labella is also Project Director for Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access, providing training, advocacy, and education to ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities. She is a member of the Governor’s Special Education Advocacy Panel (SEAP) as well as a member of the Pennsylvania Voting and Election Administration Stakeholders Work Group convened by the Department of State. Ms. Labella served on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Aging Voting Machines.
Shanon S. Levin
Managing Attorney of the Philadelphia office
Shanon earned her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law. After clerking for the Honorable Berle M. Schiller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and working as a trial attorney in private practice for more than 15 years, Shanon joined DRP in 2017. Shanon helps people with disabilities protect their rights in a variety of legal areas and manages litigation work.
Shari received her B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1996. She has helped parents of children with disabilities to access special education and related services in Pennsylvania public schools, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues including accessing appropriate community-based public services, maintaining personal autonomy in decision-making, and protection from abuse and neglect.
Senior Staff Attorney
Rachel worked for Evergreen Legal Services in Washington State and for the private firm of Mann, Ungar and Spector in Philadelphia before joining DRP in 1990. Rachel has focused on a variety of topics in her many years at DRP including children’s access to the full range of Medical Assistance services, access to home and community based services as an alternative to institutional settings, discrimination by government entities and public accommodations, and the rights of people with hearing loss. Rachel has protected the rights of people with disabilities through systems advocacy, individual advocacy and class action litigation.
Robin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1986. She has been a staff attorney with DRP and its predecessors since 1993. She has worked on a variety of cases to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life, including cases to secure community alternatives for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness who are unnecessarily institutionalized; to address wrongful denials of Medical Assistance benefits for people with disabilities; and to remedy disability discrimination in housing, government services, and public accommodations.
Staff Attorney and Project Director for the PABSS grant program
Koert received his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2008 with a certificate in Disability Law and Policy. He was the recipient of a prestigious two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship after law school, allowing him to represent low-income people of color with disabilities in general accessibility, fair housing and employment discrimination matters in New York City at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). Koert stayed at NYLPI as a staff attorney through 2011 when he then joined DRP. Koert represents children and adults with disabilities in special education, employment and other disability discrimination matters.