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DePaul & CGLA Partner for a Successful Action Day

By: Paul Haidle, Supervising Attorney, Criminal Records

I am happy to report that the first DePaul/CGLA Action Day was a smashing success!  We had 60 clients who had RSVP’d to come to the event and 56 clients participated, a 93% show rate!  There were over 30 law students (plus several volunteer attorneys) from DePaul who were trained on alternative forms of relief (clemency, waivers and certificates) in the morning. The afternoon was spent helping the 56 clients complete the various forms of relief.

Action Day, part of DePaul Law School’s 7th Annual Public Interest Symposium, was meant to be a service opportunity for the DePaul law students and other attorneys that attended the symposium; instead of just learning about an issue, DePaul decided to take action and provide legal services on the very issue they had just learned about. 

Clients also had access to several social service providers, including CGLA’s Client Support Services, Access Health, Phalanx Family Services, and North Lawndale Employment Network.  CGLA’s criminal records team, Beth Johnson, Kasey Baldwin and Eve Kleinerman supervised the legal portion of the event and CGLA’s Client Support Services team members JaShawn Hill and Emily Kirschbaum also met with clients throughout the day.

The feedback from clients and law students was incredibly positive.  Several clients I spoke to were amazed at the quality and depth of legal services they were provided for free.  Many of the law students were very excited about having their first real client contact and helping people tell their stories.  DePaul was thrilled to have partnered with us and would like to do an Action Day on an annual basis. 

I’d like to give special recognition to Chicago Semester intern Aleesa for helping organize the social service component of the day and CGLA’s Criminal Records interns, Kate Galbraith and Courtney Kelledes who made this day happen and made it such a success.

 


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