Volunteer Attorney Criminal Records Clinic

Lawyers

ATTENTION: This web page is intended for attorney volunteers. To find out if you qualify, call the Georgia Justice Project at (404) 827-0027 x238.  

Approximately 4.2 million Georgians have a criminal record. The research is clear that the two most important stabilizers for a person with a criminal record are gainful employment and reliable housing, yet Georgia is one of the worst states in the country for a person with a criminal record to access employment, housing, and other opportunities that pave the way to a productive life. In 2008, Georgia Justice Project (GJP) created the Criminal Records Program to assist people whose criminal record acts as a barrier to opportunities. The Criminal Records Program does this through direct representation of clients and working to change the laws in Georgia, to reduce legal barriers to reentry.

Recent changes in Georgia law allow more relief and greater opportunities in certain situations for people with criminal records.  In an attempt to meet this overwhelming need for legal representation for people with a criminal history, GJP expanded the reach of the Criminal Records Program with the addition of a monthly legal clinic in 2014.  The clinic matches up pro bono lawyers with clients to assist them in their journey to remove obstacles to employment, housing and other opportunities.

Criminal Records Clinic 

  • WHAT?
    • Each lawyer will be matched with one or two criminal records clients at the clinic.Cases are pre-screened.   
    • Most cases require 5-10 hours of work, ranging from administrative to court appearances.
    • Types of cases:
      • Record restriction (expungement) 
      • Retroactive First Offender petitions
      • Corrections to criminal histories
      • Pardon applications 
  • WHEN? The 2nd Friday of each month from 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m. 
  • WHERE? Georgia Justice Project, 438 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, 30312

GJP provides several CLEs throughout the year to provide the training you will need to begin volunteering with us. Contact Molly Scott at GJP at 404-827-0027, ext. 234 or molly@GJP.org to discuss any questions and let us know you are interested.