The Charlotte School of Law (CSL) Expunction & Reentry Project held its February pro bono community workshop on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the ITT Technical Institute in Charlotte. This project is one of many students can participate in through a wide variety of experiential education clinics.
The CSL Expunction & Reentry Project is a pro bono service that is dedicated to working with the Charlotte community to reduce the collateral effects of criminal records. The community workshop offered more than 25 members of the community a free “Expungement Analysis” of certified criminal records. CSL students reviewed criminal records to determine whether one might be eligible for an expungement under current North Carolina law.
For more information about future community workshops, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County residents can call the CSL Expunction phone line at 704-971-8382.
Charlotte Law’s Practice Ready Education Program reflects the best practices in legal education and a focus on practice-ready graduates. Experiential opportunities range from practice-based simulations to real-world mentee opportunities with experienced attorneys to actual practice experience representing clients under the supervision of an experienced attorney through our clinical, pro bono and externship programs.
The Charlotte School of Law Pro Bono and Community Service Programs were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll List under the Economic Opportunity Category by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This recognition signifies the highest federal recognition that higher education institutions can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Charlotte School of Law (CSL) is one of 766 institutions selected nationally for the honor roll in four categories—general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education. CSL’s recognition in the Economic Opportunity category highlights the law school’s pro bono student group project work that have benefited the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals.
Some examples of the recognized pro bono projects include the CSL Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that helps low-income individuals file federal tax returns and the CSL Expunction & Reentry Project that reduces collateral effects of criminal records to enable individuals to improve their job and housing prospects.
“We are honored to be named on this year’s Honor Roll,” said Assistant Professor Sean Lew who directs CSL’s Pro Bono Program. “Our law school’s mission pillar is centered upon student success and service to the underserved.”
CNCS has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Contact and the Interfaith Youth Core. Established as a federal agency in 1993, CNCS engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
From Brittany Weston’14
This Fall Semester, Charlotte School of Law (CSL) students were asked to participate in the 2014 Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Military Appreciation Fair which occurred on Saturday, November 15, 2014. CSL students assisted with veteran estate planning advance directives by assisting military families with Power of Attorney and Healthcare Power of Attorney documents. Additional CSL students, under the direct supervision of two volunteer attorneys, completed the drafting and signing process with the veterans. The event was a huge success as students were able to assist over 20 veterans and their families with having their Power of Attorney and Healthcare Power of Attorney documents completed. There were a total of two volunteer attorneys, two volunteer notaries, and 25 CSL students who contributed to the success of the event. All participants hoped that similar future Military Appreciation Fairs will continue into 2015, stay tuned!
Veterans receiving overview of Advance Directives
The Wills for Heroes event is run by the North Carolina Bar Association Young lawyers Division. The event is held multiple times a year at different cities around the state. This year at the Raleigh event we had Charlotte School of Law students volunteering. Charlotte Students helped attorneys prepare free estate planning documents for first responders and their spouses or significant others. Among these documents are Simple Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney, and Living Wills.
The event was a success and the Bar Association was about to help out a large number of people who risk their lives daily to help others. Here is a picture of a few Charlotte School of Law students helping out!