Board of Trustees » Karla Cruel, Esquire, Member

Karla Cruel, Esquire, Member

Karla Cruel, Esquire  is a recent graduate of Drexel University with a Juris Doctorate. Ms. Cruel holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and bachelor’s in Secondary Education Mathematics.  A former teacher, Ms. Cruel is currently a Drexel Law Fellow working with the Landlord Tenant Help Center coordinating, organizing and advising tenants on their rights, drafting petitions and preparing tenants for eviction hearings.  She provides training and support to volunteer attorneys, paralegals and students.  She is also working with Legis Group LLC law firm working as an Associate Attorney drafting and reviewing complaints, interviewing and advising clients as well as other document preparation for litigation.  At present, Ms. Cruel’s affiliation with Legis is supporting her entrepreneurial venture into the creation of a client-centered legal practice model focused on the under-represented working poor and middle-class struggles of individuals with urgent legal support and lack of resources. She has also interned with O’Donnell Associates as their Charter School Hearing Examiner/Researcher. This required managing charter school expulsion hearings to ensure that the students’ and parents’ due process rights were not violated, in addition to fact-finding around charter schools boards with recommendations regarding expulsion.  She is familiar with the Pennsylvania statutes and 
regulations in maintenance of charter school law.