Expungement Clinics

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Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinic collaborates with local organizations

The Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinic is partnering with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Winston-Salem Chapter,  the Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Bar,  Legal Aid of Northwest North Carolina  and the Winston-Salem Bar Association for a collaborative event that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the NAACP Headquarters, 4130 Oak Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, according to organizers. The Winston-Salem Chronicle also reported on this event.

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Pro Bono Project participants provide a variety of community services Feb. 21-24

Wake Forest Law students involved in the Pro Bono Project are providing a variety of services this week under the supervision of area licensed attorneys including representing youth in Teen Court, helping area residents get convictions expunged from their records, providing N-400 screenings for immigrants and teaching middle school and high school students about their rights.

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Pro Bono Project efforts featured in Winston-Salem Journal for helping get certain criminal records cleared

The following story originally ran in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, Jan. 31, here.

One evening last fall, a woman walked into Samaritan Ministries with baggage she hoped to unload. That baggage was a criminal charge from her youth that was preventing her from getting gainful employment.

The woman knew that help might be available from an expungement clinic being offered at the ministry on Northwest Boulevard. Students from Wake Forest University’s School of Law, working with Judge Denise Hartsfield of Forsyth District Court and supporting attorneys from the Forsyth County Bar Association, hold clinics monthly to help people determine if they qualify to have certain crimes removed from their records.

Last week, the woman was back at the clinic, expecting to face more paperwork. Instead, she found out that her petition to have her charge cleared — and the petitions of 24 others — had already been sent to Raleigh for approval.

“She was thrilled,” said Emily Morris, a third-year law student who coordinates the expungement clinics. The next expungement clinic is scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Samaritan Ministries.

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Making A Difference: Pro Bono Project members participate in area expungement clinics

Making a difference. Oftentimes the phrase is a cliché — overused and mostly meaningless.

But sometimes it’s not.

Sometimes that commitment to “make a difference” is very real. Sometimes, the desire to make a difference changes lives.

Emily Morris (JD ’16) coordinates the expungement clinic — helping people remove criminal charges from their records — for the Pro Bono Project at Wake Forest Law, the central point for all pro bono activities at the law school.  Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law students log 284 hours of volunteer work during Pro Bono Week 2015

During this year’s annual Pro Bono Week, Wake Forest Law students came together to volunteer 284 hours and 15 minutes of their time to multiple community-serving programs, far surpassing the Pro Bono Project’s goal of 200 hours.

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Pro Bono Project partners with Samaritan Ministries to offer Expungement Clinics

The Pro Bono Project will begin hosting Expungement Clinics each month for clients of Samaritan Ministries in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Samaritan’s Ministries is a non-profit that is part 90-day homeless shelter, part food bank and part year-long rehabilitation program for older adults. Continue reading »