The New Pathway to Pardons in Central PA (Webinar)
- 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Eastern Time (US & Canada)
- By: Dauphin County Bar Association
- Criminal Records
- Pro Bono
The Dauphin County Bar Association is hosting an online program entitled The New Pathway to Pardons in Central PA on November 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Eastern. A Zoom Pardons Clinic to be held following the CLE from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.
During this program you will learn about the new pardon process and forms, what the Board of Pardons is looking for, and how anyone can to help someone with a criminal record maximize their chances of receiving a hearing, a pardon, and a second chance.
For decades, Pennsylvania has been ranked near the top of states having (pro rata) the most people in prison or on probation or parole. Thanks to technology, almost every employer checks on-line criminal records as part of the application process. As a result, LONG after people have "repaid their debt to society" and completed their sentences, their permanent criminal record keeps them from jobs they are qualified for and the higher salaries that would let them and their families escape poverty.
There's only one way to erase convictions from a criminal record and that's a pardon from the Governor. This past April, the Economy League documented the millions of dollars that pardons bring into communities (especially low-income neighborhoods) all around the state, and just this past summer, the Auditor General issued a report urging that more pardons be awarded, more quickly.
YOU can help. The new pardon application form is straightforward and easy to complete. With just one hour of training, you'll be ready to serve as a "Pardon Coach" and help people complete the form, tell their stories, and get in line for the hearing that will forever change their lives.
Tobey Oxholm, Esquire, Executive Director, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity will present a one-hour CLE via Zoom entitled The New Pathway to Pardons in Central PA. In this program, you will learn about:
- The new pardon process and forms,
- What the Board of Pardons is looking for, and
- How ANYONE can to help someone with a criminal record maximize their chances of receiving a hearing, a pardon, and a second chance.
The cost of the program will be waived for any attorney who is willing to assist with the Zoom Pardons Clinic to be held following the CLE from 1 to 3 pm. Otherwise, the cost is $10 for student members, $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers.
At the Zoom Pardons Clinic, pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students will work with customers looking for assistance. After a brief overview of pardon law, procedural rules and the process for the afternoon, one or two volunteers will be paired with a customer in a private Zoom Room to review the person’s situation and records. If the volunteers need assistance while in the Zoom Room, one of the Pardon Law Experts will join the Room. Technical assistance will be provided to volunteers who are new to Zoom by Remote Interns.
To register for CLE, please click on the Register link below. To register for the Zoom Pardon Clinic, register for the CLE and check the box for “No Charge - I am willing to assist with the Pardons Clinic.”
- CLE Credit Comments:
Pursuant to Continuing Legal Education Rules, this program has been approved by the PA CLE Board for one hour of distance learning CLE credit for all attendees who participate in the complete program.
On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements though approved distance learning activities. More information on distance learning CLE credit.
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