The GTLA posts upcoming volunteer opportunities on this page. These opportunities exist in addition to our ongoing, weekly Free Legal Aid Clinic at Third Level/Child and Family Services (contact Kathy Ann Blunk of Thompson O'Neil Law Firm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (231) 929-9700).
Next event: Saturday, June 3 - Expungement Clinic at Conflict Resolution Services. Attorneys are still needed. Click here for our flyer advertising the clinic.
Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Michigan
Equal Justice Works Fellow (“Text-to-Give” Fellow)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Legal Services of Northern Michigan hosts a first-ever “Clean Record Clinic,” a free expungement clinic to clear old criminal convictions. The clinic is Saturday June 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Conflict Resolution Services, 521 S. Union Street, Traverse City. It is a partnership between LSNM, Conflict Resolution Services, the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association.
The clinic is designed to remove barriers to employment and housing for people with old felony and misdemeanor convictions. Individuals will meet one-on-one with volunteer attorneys to complete forms. Michigan law allows individuals to set aside some, but not all, types of convictions when more than five years have passed since the sentence has been served and probation completed. Some fees are required to complete the process, but legal assistance at the clinic is free.
Clients must call in advance to register and complete a screening process. Clients are encouraged to call immediately to begin the process. To register, please contact Heather Abraham at (231) 941-0771 x 205 or email HAbraham@lsnm.org.
Legal Services of Northern Michigan is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to promoting equal access to justice by providing free civil legal services to people living at or below the federal poverty line or who are 60 years or older. LSNM serves Michigan’s 36 northernmost counties. It provides a full range of legal services in most areas of civil law, including renter’s rights, consumer rights, and family law.
Conflict Resolution Services is a local nonprofit that provides free and low-cost mediation services using volunteer mediators to resolve all types of conflicts. Its mission is to facilitate the resolution of disputes in the community. CRS gives people in the region a voice in resolving disputes and the tools they need to pursue resolutions, whether the outcome is in their favor or not. CRS also provides facilitation services and mediation trainings. It serves Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties.