PLSE hosts volunteer paralegal and attorney training

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) with the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) co-hosted a training program in criminal record expungement at Pepper Hamilton LLP on January 18, 2018. The training provided an overview of the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania. More than 30 paralegals and 4 attorneys have now been trained in Philadelphia County expungement and sealing practices, and they will be assisting in filing more than 50 petitions before the end of January. This is the second training that PLSE has hosted on criminal record expungement for legal professionals, but the first time that PLSE offered CLE credit approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

If you are interested in attending a future training or becoming part of the volunteer paralegal and attorney program, please contact us at info@plsephilly.org.

PLSE at DC Drug Policy Summit

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity was invited to a drug policy summit in Washington DC earlier this month. PLSE’s managing attorney, Zane Johnson, was praised for his “passion for justice, expertise in expungement, and demonstrated success in helping those once addicted to drugs unburden themselves from their criminal records histories.” More information can be found here: PLSE at DC Drug Policy Summit Press Release

PLSE announces new leadership

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) announced today that Zane Johnson has been named Managing Attorney and that Carl (Tobey) Oxholm has been named interim Executive Director. These changes follow the appointment of PLSE’s founding Executive Director, Mike Lee, to the position of Legislative Director by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. More information on the new leadership can be found in the link below. PLSE Transition Press Release 

PLSE receives a grant from the Philadelphia Bar Foundation

For the last six years, the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) has worked with people to reclaim their personal history by destroying criminal history record information. In 2017 for the first time the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Philadelphia’s only foundation dedicated to strengthening the delivery of civil legal aid, has recognized PLSE with a Foundation Grant.  We are honored partner with the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to strengthen the delivery of legal services. More information can be found at the link below. PLSE PBF Press Release 

PLSE receives Barra Foundation award for 2018-2019

 

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Criminal records are monuments to a culture of conviction and mass incarceration.  For the last six years, the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) has worked with people to reclaim their personal history by destroying criminal history record information.  The Barra Foundation announced today that the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is a recipient of a Barra Award for 2018-2019.  The award provides unrestricted operating support to “exemplary nonprofits demonstrating leadership, adaptability, and performance,”  and allows PLSE to continue to innovate the delivery of legal services.

PLSE Barra Award Press Release

 

PLSE wins Pa Bar Foundation’s prestigious Goffman Award!

 
 
The Philadelphia Lawyers For Social Equity will be recognized by the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation for our commitment to training, supervising, and supporting Pro Bono service in Pennsylvania. The presentation from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation to take place Wednesday, May 10, in Pittsburgh at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Click here for more information about the Goffman award and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s annual meeting.