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The procedure for pardons in Pennsylvania has been streamlined and all costs eliminated. Additionally, the wait has been cut in half and the Governor is granting pardons to over 80% of the applicants after their hearings.
A recent study shows that simply signing pardons brought over $16 million into local economies across the state, because qualified people can get better jobs. Pardons are available only to people who have completed their sentences and “repaid their debt to society.”
The Lancaster Bar Association/Lancaster Law Foundation, CareerLink of Lancaster, and MidPenn Legal Services are working together to create a Pro Bono Pardon Project in Lancaster. Attorneys can volunteer to help low-income clients fill out the application form and get the best chance possible for a hearing. Learning how to be a “Pardon Coach” can be helpful to many private clients as well, since so many people may benefit from the pardon process.
The Pardons Process in PA
· Carl (Tobey) Oxholm, III, Esquire, Director of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PSLE) Pardon Project
· Mark Walmer, Esquire, Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, PC
Learn about Pennsylvania law on pardons and how attorneys can help someone with a criminal record maximize their chance of success in the pardon application process.
1 Substantive Credit
Please RSVP to Elizabeth by indicating which of the CLE courses you would like to attend.
*This CLE is free to LBA members who commit to taking on one pro bono pardon case through the Pro Bono Pardon Project.