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Volunteers Sought for Clean Slate Review Project

  • 12/18/2018
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Office

Community Legal Services logoPA Bar Association logoVolunteers are being sought for a new pro bono project sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. The Clean Slate Review Project will provide information and advice to people who may benefit from the new Clean Slate law. 

The Clean Slate legislation allows for individuals to petition the courts to have their criminal records sealed if the person has been free from conviction for 10 years for an offense that resulted in a year or more in prison and has paid all court-ordered financial debts. Additionally, the new law allows automatic sealing of records for second or third-degree misdemeanor offenses that included a less than two-year prison sentence if a person has been free from convictions for 10 years, as well as sealing of criminal history records related to charges that resulted in non-convictions.

Attorney volunteers will review the Pennsylvania criminal record of applicants under the program and advise them whether their record qualifies for sealing under the law and what steps need to be taken to start the sealing process.

A training program for volunteer attorneys participating in the Clean Slate Review Pro Bono Project will be held on January 7, 2019 from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, located in The Wanamaker Building, 100 E Penn Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107. Click here for more information on the training.

More information on Clean Slate is available at www.MyCleanSlatePA.com

Attorneys who would like to volunteer for the program should complete the form below:

Topics:
  • Criminal Records