Although there are a number of existing services that offer "expungement" and/or other reentry legal services, it's always good to see a well-established organization entering the field to provide the service. The need grossly outweighs the supply in this field, after all.
So it's good to see that Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) is hosting a pilot "expungement" clinic. A shout-out to Dennis Wu, the APABA Board member in charge of organizing the clinic. Below is a copy-and-paste from the most recent APABA email newsletter.
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Volunteers Needed for APABA's New Expungement Clinic
Saturday, 7/30, 9 am - 3 pm, PACE, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900-A, Los Angeles
APABA is hosting its first Expungement Clinic with the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) on July 30. We are currently looking for volunteers to help clinic participants expunge their conviction records. No prior experience is necessary; training will be provided for all volunteers promptly at 9 am.
The Expungement Clinic will help attendees "expunge" their conviction records under Cal. Pen. Code §§ 1203.4 & 1203.4a. In California, while expungement does not truly erase a conviction from one's record, it does result in a dismissal of the original conviction that is reflected in the person's public record. Expungement is not available for certain convictions, but for those eligible, expungement may have significant impact on one's ability to find and/or maintain employment.
Even if people with conviction history have already turned their lives around and sincerely want to become productive members of our community, their past record makes it difficult for them to find employment, housing, and other traditional means of self-support. "Expungement" is a valuable (and sometimes the only) legal remedy to help these individuals achieve successful reentry. To volunteer for this clinic or for more information, please contact Dennis M. Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 308-9882.