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Kathleen Creamer

Community Legal Services
Managing Attorney, Family Advocacy Unit
Philadelphia PA
Kathleen Creamer is the managing attorney of the Family Advocacy Unit at Community Legal Services, which represents parents in all stages of dependency proceedings. She joined CLS as a staff attorney in the Family Advocacy Unit in 2006. In addition to individual representation of parents in dependency court, Ms. Creamer has focused much of her advocacy on supporting incarcerated parents and their families. She recently served as a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow dedicated to Improving Reunification Outcomes for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In that capacity, she engaged in policy advocacy to improve cross-system coordination between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Philadelphia Prison System. This advocacy resulted in a video-conferencing pilot between the two facilities to ensure parental participation in important case planning meetings and an updated joint policy and protocol for engaging incarcerated parents. Ms. Creamer also led the coalition that developed and lobbied for the successful passage of the 2010 Healthy Birth for Incarcerated Women Act, which curtailed the practice of shackling incarcerated women during childbirth in Pennsylvania’s jails and prisons. Ms. Creamer earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She received her B.A. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Ms. Creamer is the recipient of the 2011 Women’s Way Unsung Heroine Award and was recognized as a 2012 Legal Intelligencer Lawyer on the Fast Track.