Volunteer in January!

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12/13/2012 by loyolalawcso

Sign up now to get trained for the Cabrini Green Legal Aid Criminal Records Corps (CRC)! Formal training for the program will begin in January 2013.

  • Satuday, January 12, 10:00 a.m. – noon, Room MC 375 at Northwestern
  • Satuday, January 26 at Loyola (time & room number TBD)

Additional training sessions will be scheduled at other law schools and at CGLA’s office at 740 N. Mikwaukee Ave (a short ride west from Loyola on the 66 bus).

Program Details:
Approximately 5 volunteer law students and attorneys will be assigned to one of 6-10 agencies that serve the homeless or those at risk of homelessness. At least once per week, CRC volunteers will access the Google Docs spreadsheet to retrieve client names to be researched. Volunteers will be expected to allocate approximately 3 hours each week from criminal records research.

Research can be performed at any Cook County courthouse from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays or by appointment at CGLA offices on weekdays, evenings, or weekends. (CGLA expects to obtain remote access privileges to the court system in early 2013.)

After consulting with CGLA supervising attorneys, CRC volunteers will report their findings and recommend options for relief to case managers by email. Volunteers will learn the eligibility criteria and procedures for all types of criminal records remedies, including expungements, sealing, health care waivers, certificates of rehabilitation, certificates of eligibility for sealing, and clemency petitions.

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer, please email Cynthia Cornelius at cynthiacornelius@cgla.org.

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