RALEIGH — Campbell Law School announced today its Blanchard Community Law Clinic plans to hold its second remote expunction clinic of 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Macedonia New Life Church at 2004 Rock Quarry Road to assist low-income clients with expunging their criminal records and to honor its namesake, Charlie Blanchard, who recently died.
“Charlie was a huge proponent of lawyers providing pro bono legal services, and we believe there is no better way to honor his memory than through a free legal clinic that supports men, women and families in our community,” said Professor Ashley Campbell, founding director of the clinic.
Volunteers are needed for the clinic. If you are interested in volunteering either as a lawyer, current student, judge, DA, PD, clerk, notary or other, please sign up at this link. Free CLE and training will be provided.
“Please share this link far and wide and help us recruit volunteers for this event,” Campbell added.
The clinic follows the inaugural Bob and Pat Barker Second Chance Expunction Clinic held on Saturday, March 13, in Pitt County where 47 clients were served and more than 200 petitions were completed and filed in various counties throughout North Carolina for those clients, according to Campbell.
“We could not have held such a successful clinic in Pitt County without our many volunteers, who included attorneys, law students, clerks, judges, the DA and about a half-dozen church members,” she explained.
Founded in 2016, The Blanchard Community Law Clinic helps citizens move forward with their lives following incarceration and involvement with the criminal justice system. The clinic partners with Triangle area community nonprofits including Alliance Medical Ministry, StepUp Ministry, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries, Justice Served, Community Success Initiative and many more to provide free legal services to low-income individuals. Pro bono criminal record expunction efforts have been a mainstay of the clinic, which has helped more than 700 individuals since it began. To learn more about the Blanchard Community Law Clinic and its services, visit this link.
ABOUT CAMPBELL LAW
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 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 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.
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The mission of the North Carolina Justice Center is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services, and fair treatment it needs to achieve economic security. Learn more at https://www.ncjustice.org