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Clemency Firm-Based Program

CGLA partners with law firms to prepare and present executive clemency petitions to the Prisoner Review Board to clear clients of their criminal records. CGLA screens cases for income-eligibility and merit and refers cases it believes will be received favorably.

Volunteer attorneys interview the client, work with the client to develop the theory, and draft the petition. Volunteer attorneys also present the matter at the Prisoner Review Board’s semi-annual hearing.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of required training (2 hrs). The time commitment then varies depending on the case but is typically 15–30 hours over several months.

Training and support

A 2-hour orientation is required. The volunteer coordinator and CGLA staff attorneys support volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling and interviewing; writing/drafting skills

Skills and resources required

This opportunity relies on attorneys with law firm support.

Location

Chicago, IL

Clemency Firm-Based Program

CGLA partners with law firms to prepare and present executive clemency petitions to the Prisoner Review Board to clear clients of their criminal records. CGLA screens cases for income-eligibility and merit and refers cases it believes will be received favorably.

Volunteer attorneys interview the client, work with the client to develop the theory, and draft the petition. Volunteer attorneys also present the matter at the Prisoner Review Board’s semi-annual hearing.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid works for and alongside individuals, families, and communities impacted by the direct and collateral consequences of the criminal justice system. CGLA’s interdisciplinary services remove and prevent barriers to employment and education and stabilize housing threatened by arrest or conviction.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of required training (2 hrs). The time commitment then varies depending on the case but is typically 15–30 hours over several months.

Training and support

A 2-hour orientation is required. The volunteer coordinator and CGLA staff attorneys support volunteers.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Client counseling and interviewing; writing/drafting skills

Skills and resources required

This opportunity relies on attorneys with law firm support.

Location

Chicago, IL