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September 27, 2016

Free City-Wide Expungement Clinic

Volunteer Attorneys Across the City Will Break Down Barriers to Employment, Housing, and Education

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To lift Philadelphians out of poverty and increase safety in the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will host a free city-wide expungement clinic in partnership with the Mayor's Office, the Office of the District Attorney and Community Legal Services.

The free city-wide expungement clinic will be held on Nov. 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at six locations throughout Philadelphia:

  • Francis J. Myers Rec. Center (Kingsessing)
  • Athletic Rec. Center (Brewerytown)
  • Waterview Rec. Center (East Germantown)
  • Vare Rec. Center (Point Breeze)
  • Shepard Rec. Center (Haddington)
  • Rivera Rec. Center (Fairhill)

Having a record sealed can allow a person to pursue permanent employment, education or housing that would otherwise not be available to them. It can dramatically improve an individual's quality of life and lower their chances of recidivism, and hence also improve the community-at-large.

"This is our most important initiative of the year," said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Gaetan J. Alfano. "The expungement of criminal records is significant work, as we need to restore compassion and commonsense into how we, as a society, treat minor offenses."

The clinics will be held in response to Act 5, which goes into effect on Nov. 12 and expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania. The free expungement and sealing services will be provided to eligible individuals at the clinic by trained volunteer attorneys.

For more information, registration and volunteer sign-ups, visit

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