CGLA operates an Expungement & Sealing Help Desk at the Daley Center where volunteers meet daily with individuals seeking to clear their criminal records. This three-hour commitment is a perfect fit for busy attorneys and law students looking for a defined volunteer opportunity with client contact.
Process: Volunteer attorneys and law students help staff the desk, where they meet with clients, determine their eligibility for expungement, sealing, or an alternative form of relief (such as clemency or a healthcare waiver), and help them file the necessary paperwork. The desk is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Training: Attend a CGLA Attorney/Law Student Expungement Help Desk training session which covers Help Desk processes and procedures, including how to read a RAP sheet and determine eligibility for expungement or sealing. Training fills in advance. Please contact Legal Services Coordinator Shannon McDonnell for information on upcoming trainings.
Requirements: Attorney or law student with excellent interpersonal skills who displays patience and compassion when working with others.
Required Commitment: After completing the training program, we ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of six mornings (18 hours) working at the desk over a six month period. Shifts can be scheduled at the volunteer’s convenience.