News & Updates

October 22, 2018
Fels Fund Awards Social Justice Grant to PLSE

October 15, 2018
Two Civic Leaders Join PLSE Board of Directors

September 25, 2018
Corporate Attorney from Cozen O’Connor Writes About Volunteering With PLSE

August 28, 2018
“Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity wants more policy changes for people with criminal records” in Generocity’s “Leaders of Color” Series

August 27, 2018
United Way Funds PLSE’s First Two Pardon Hubs

August 14, 2018
Brandeis Law Society Partners with PLSE, Becoming the First Bar Association in Pennsylvania to Offer Pro Bono Help With Pardons

July 23, 2018
“What Does It Take to Get a Real Clean Slate?” by M. Zane Johnson, PLSE Managing Attorney, for The Legal Intelligencer

June 25, 2018
Internationally-acclaimed restaurateur Mike Solomonov joins PLSE Board

June 4, 2018
PLSE announces the Mike Lee Fellowship in Criminal Justice for returning citizens

May 30, 2018
Cozen O’Connor Joins PLSE Pro Bono Paralegal Program, Adds Key New Dimension: Volunteer Attorneys

April 26, 2018
Jeff Brown, Innovator Who Brought Supermarkets to Low-Income Inner-City “Food Deserts,” Joins PLSE Board of Directors

April 16, 2018
PLSE partners with Drexel University to develop a mobile-friendly web application for pardon applications

March 14, 2018
PLSE files first 990, achieves Gold Seal from GuideStar

March 5, 2018
Renown Philadelphia Artist Russell Craig joins Board of the Criminal Record Expungement Project

January 25, 2018
PLSE hosts volunteer paralegal and attorney training

January 25, 2018
PLSE at DC Drug Policy Summit

January 15, 2018
PLSE announces new leadership

January 2018
Dozens spend MLK Day looking for a second chance at a clean record (

December 20, 2017
PLSE receives a grant from the Philadelphia Bar Foundation

December 5, 2017
Barra Foundation recognizes PLSE with 2018-2019 Barra Award as an innovator and leader in Philadelphia’s social sector

July 28, 2017
Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic: ‘Freedom is not just freedom’ (Billy Penn)

May 2, 2017
PLSE wins PA Bar Foundation’s prestigious Goffman Award!

April 26, 2017
Pennsylvania Bar Foundation will recognize PLSE with 2017 Louis J. Goffman Award

December 2016
Volunteers help veterans get a clean slate (CBS Philly 3)

December 2016
Local veterans get their criminal records cleaned (NBC 10)

July 25, 2016
Police: Actually, No One Has Been Arrested at the DNC Yet (Philadelphia Magazine)

May 31, 2016
New allegations, plaintiffs step forward in SEPTA background check violation lawsuit  (Philadelphia Business Journal)

April 27, 2016
SEPTA sued over background checks for prospective hires  (NewsWorks)

April 27, 2016
Lawsuit: SEPTA violated laws when conducting criminal background checks (Philadelphia Business Journal)

July 25, 2016
SEPTA Applicants Fight To Keep Alive Background Check Suit (Law360)

August 12, 2015
Job Seeker, with the help of PLSE, Settles Criminal Record Discrimination Case, Company Agrees to Nationwide Policy Change

May 12, 2015
These 7 legal hacks are providing greater access to justice (, National Expungement Project)

December 5, 2014
Co-op Puts Lives on Track While Helping to Expunge Records (Philadelphia Inquirer)

December 3, 2014
51 Years Later: Great-Grandmother’s False Philly Arrest Record Finally Expunged (NBC 10 Philadelphia)

November 17, 2014
From Criminal Record to Clean Slate in Philly’s Promise Zone (Al Jazeera America)

November 2, 2014
Finding a Job After Serving Time (The New York Times, op-ed by Ryan Hancock and Benjamin Geffen)

October 6, 2014
Criminal Record Expungement Clinic Invites Participants to Create Art (Philadelphia City Paper)

August 18, 2014
As Arrest Records Rise, Americans Find Consequences Can Last a Lifetime (Wall Street Journal)

April 18, 2014
Weekend Clinic for Ex-Offenders (NBC Philadelphia)

March 28, 2014
Sunoco Promises to Stop Violating Law About Job Applicants and Criminal Records (Newsworks)

December 5, 2013
Artful justice, Amid Arresting Art (Daily News)

December 2, 2013
Wine, Cheese, and Lawyers to Help You Clean Up Your Rap Sheet (Mother Jones)

November 7, 2013
Inside Heads and Cells of Juvenile Offenders: New Philly Art Exhibit Showcases and Helps Youth

September 5, 2013
More People are Seeking Expungements, but Funding is Scarcer than Ever (Philadelphia City Paper)

February 28, 2013
The Price of a Criminal Record (Axis Philly)

March 23, 2012
Keeping Criminal Background Checks in Check  (Legal Intelligencer)

November 21, 2011
Legal Volunteers Help Those Seeking A Clean Slate and a New Start (Philadelphia Inquirer)

May 2011
Fresh Starts (Grid Magazine, page 13)

December 27, 2010
Volunteer Lawyers Help Expunge Records (WHYY’s Newsworks)

December 22, 2010
A Criminal Past is Often the Present (Philadelphia Weekly)

December 2010
Making a Difference (The Pennsylvania Bar News, featuring Mike Lee)