Blanchard Community Law Clinic helps 46 clients at Wake County expunction clinic

Photo of BCLC expunction clinic participants

RALEIGH — Campbell Law School’s Blanchard Community Law Clinic (BCLC) served 46 clients from Wake County at a free expunction clinic on Saturday, Feb. 25. 

In an effort to provide area residents with a second chance, Campbell Law students and their supervising attorneys spent the day in downtown Raleigh working with clients in an effort to expunge charges from their criminal records. 

“The clinic was extremely successful,” explained BCLC Director Rick Glazier. “Those petitions are being entered into the e-file system this week in Wake County and other counties as required.” 

The attorneys at the clinic, run by Clinic Professor Emily Mistr, included Glazier, former Clinic Professor Tolu Adewale and Quisha Mallette of the N.C. Justice Center. Also present were Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman, Founder and Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative (CSI) Dennis Gaddy along with members of his staff.

Campbell Law partnered with StepUp Ministry, a valued community partner located in Raleigh, to host the expunction clinic. StepUp Ministry’s staff and board members helped provide clients with a full evaluation of their criminal records and the completion of expunction petitions for all eligible offenses.

Founded in 2016, the BCLC helps citizens move forward with their lives following incarceration and involvement with the criminal justice system among other types of legal matters including driver’s license restoration and landlord/tenant issues. In addition to StepUp Ministry, the clinic partners with other Triangle-area community nonprofits including Alliance Medical Ministry, the Raleigh Rescue Mission and Justice Served to provide free legal services to low-income individuals. 


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.