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Thursday, December 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Clearing Criminal Records: Clinics, Community Partnerships, and Using Data to Inform Need

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We already know that expunging criminal records can be life-changing as no record is too old or too minor to pose a significant barrier to access to opportunities. To ensure that expungement services reach the communities that need it most, a new legal services model is needed: one that favors community-based clinics in the locations most familiar and safe to our clients. A community-based clinic model is built on pro bono help from law students and lawyers, the expertise of legal services staff, and, most importantly, community partnerships. By teaming with neighborhood associations, faith communities, and community colleges, we can reach people where they live and in a place that is emotionally safe. For young people, the clinic model may be the only way to truly reach a large percentage of those who need help. We will also talk about targeting the most needy communities by comparing arrest data to past legal services work in the relevant service area.


Qudsiya Naqui

Equal Justice Works, Senior Manager, Public Programs
Qudsiya Naqui is a senior manager at Equal Justice Works, where she implements and manages Legal Fellowship programs designed to close the justice gap for marginalized individuals and communities. Before joining Equal Justice Works, Qudsiya served as a program associate in the Vera... Read More →


Michael Gilbert Hollander

Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Serv of Phila
Michael Hollander is a supervising attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services. His work focuses on the barrier to employment posed by criminal records as well as wage theft, especially for immigrant workers, through a combination of direct representation, community... Read More →

Eve Kleinerman

Pro Bono Coordinator, Cabrini Green Legal Aid
Eve Kleinerman joined Cabrini Green Legal Aid in July 2012 as a staff attorney in the Criminal Records Program. Eve came to CGLA after practicing law in New York for two years, where she was a public defender. During law school, Eve completed internships with the Children’s Law... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Renaissance Ballroom West B Ballroom Level