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Please join me at this year’s Expungement Summit, sponsored by the Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Southland Regional Mayoral Black Caucus and Thornton Township High School District 205, on June 4, 2016, for an all-day event where you can consult with on-site pro-bono attorneys to discuss your criminal record. Attorneys will be assisting people in preparing both Cook and non-Cook County expungement and sealing petitions (Cook County petitions can be filed on-site that day, with or without a fee waiver, if one is granted) and advising individuals about what other legal remedies are available if one is not eligible for either expungement or sealing. People will also be able to get on-site drug tests, which may be needed for certain petitions, and members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board will be present to discuss the executive clemency/pardon process in Illinois.

The event will take place at Thornton Township High School located at 15001 Broadway Avenue in Harvey, Illinois; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and doors will close at 6:00 p.m. More information about the Summit can be found here.

I will be supervising the non-Cook County expungement and sealing area at the Summit and I look forward to seeing you there!

Once again, I will be volunteering my day at the annual Adult & Juvenile Expungement Summit and Ex-Offender Job Information Seminar and would love to see you there! This year’s event will be held on June 6, 2015 at the Living Word Christian Center, 7600 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park and opens at 8:30 a.m. Although the event runs through 6 p.m., I do suggest getting there as early as possible. Attorney volunteers, like myself, will be providing information on adult felony and misdemeanor expungements and sealings, juvenile record expungement, as well as information on executive clemency and certificates of relief from disabilities and good conduct. On-site drug testing will be available and you will be able to obtain certified case dispositions at the event as well. Qualified applicants will be able to file expungement and/or sealing petitions for free on-site at the Summit. For more details about the event, please call 312-603-5200 or 312-603-4641. You may also see the official Expungement Summit Guide here.

Please join the Honorable Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and me at this year’s Expungement Summit on June 7, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Living Word Christian Center, 7600 West Roosevelt Road, Forest Park, IL. This is a full-service annual event where people with criminal records are able to speak with on-site volunteer attorneys about expungements, sealings, petitions for executive clemency and certificates of rehabilitation. There will also be on-site child support services, job training, housing and community resources, identity theft information and much more. Members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board will also be present to discuss the pardon process for those who do not qualify for either expungement or sealing. This event is truly a wealth of information! Please contact the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County at 312-603-5200 for more information, or you may visit www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org. I look forward to meeting you at this year’s Summit!

It’s time for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s annual Expungement Summit! The event will take place on June 2nd, 2012, once again at the Apostolic Church of God located at 6230 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, Illinois between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please join me there and remember to bring your Chicago RAP sheet (assuming you were arrested in Chicago), which can be ordered from the Chicago Police Department, Access and Review Department, at 3510 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., for $16.00. Further instructions and information can be found on the official event flyer posted on the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s website.

I look forward to meeting you!

In the arena often dubbed “the collateral consequences of conviction”, the gubernatorial pardon, as discussed in my previous blog entry, can be considered the “patriarch” of relief procedures, but as a practical matter, it is an extraordinary form of relief that can take many years to be granted. However, more readily obtained forms of relief such as the sealing or expungement of one’s criminal record are only available to individuals meeting very specific criteria, as also previously discussed. In January 2004, the Illinois Unified Code of Corrections was enlarged via Article 5.5 (730 ILCS 5/5-5.5 et seq.) to create a potential solution for someone with a criminal record who, although technically eligible for a pardon, in all likelihood would not be considered sufficiently “rehabilitated” – a subjective criteria closely tied to the length of time since an individual’s last criminal offense – to realistically be considered for such comprehensive relief. This additional statutory relief came in two forms, generally: (1) a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities and (2) a Certificate of Good Conduct.

In Illinois, both the Certificate of Relief from Disabilities and the Certificate of Good Conduct are reserved for individuals with no more than two non-violent felony convictions. Generally speaking, these certificates serve to relieve an employer of civil or criminal liability for an act or omission by the person to whom the certificate was issued. There is not an abundance of information regarding certificates as a form of relief, especially information focused on the Certificate of Good Conduct. Moreover, with regards to this latter type of certificate, the statute remains somewhat vague, leaving what seems to be much room for speculation about its purpose and use. (See 730 ILCS 5/5-5.5-25 et seq.)
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