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Blank Slate Records Program

In recent years, changes in the law have greatly expanded the expungement and sealing options available to people with criminal records. Clients who access this relief are better able to access employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Volunteer attorneys are trained to provide outreach to the community to educate individuals about the greater opportunities available to them. Volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals assist with assessing eligibility and preparing petitions. Opportunities for in-court representation of petitioners are available to volunteers who make an extended commitment of service.

Chicago Legal Clinic provides free and low-cost legal services through its offices in Austin, Downtown, Pilsen, and South Chicago and its courthouse-based advice desks in Chicago, Markham, and Bridgeview in the areas of family law, domestic violence, immigration, criminal records, guardianships, social security, consumer, and environmental law.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Approximately 6 hours per month for 6 months.

Training and support

Initial 4-hour training and ongoing support from experienced staff attorneys.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client interviewing and counseling, document preparation, public speaking, in-court advocacy

Skills and resources required

None. This opportunity is open to attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals.

Location

Chicago, IL

Blank Slate Records Program

In recent years, changes in the law have greatly expanded the expungement and sealing options available to people with criminal records. Clients who access this relief are better able to access employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Volunteer attorneys are trained to provide outreach to the community to educate individuals about the greater opportunities available to them. Volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals assist with assessing eligibility and preparing petitions. Opportunities for in-court representation of petitioners are available to volunteers who make an extended commitment of service.

Chicago Legal Clinic provides free and low-cost legal services through its offices in Austin, Downtown, Pilsen, and South Chicago and its courthouse-based advice desks in Chicago, Markham, and Bridgeview in the areas of family law, domestic violence, immigration, criminal records, guardianships, social security, consumer, and environmental law.

Type of engagement

Fixed Time Commitment

Time commitment

Approximately 6 hours per month for 6 months.

Training and support

Initial 4-hour training and ongoing support from experienced staff attorneys.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client interviewing and counseling, document preparation, public speaking, in-court advocacy

Skills and resources required

None. This opportunity is open to attorneys, law students, and other legal professionals.

Location

Chicago, IL