Expungement Clinic To Be Held at University of Mississippi School of Law

OXFORD, Miss. –The University of Mississippi School of Law will host an expungement clinic Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon in room 1078 for anyone interested in finding out how to erase their criminal record.

The clinic is sponsored by the Magnolia Bar Association, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the School of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative and Black Law Students Association.

“Many people who have been arrested and/or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony have been denied jobs, access to public housing or public benefits or more because of their criminal records,” said Karen Peairs, Northeastern District director for the Magnolia Bar Association and assistant director of the Career Services Office at the law school.

“This is an opportunity for them to come and learn more about the expungement process so that they can hopefully remove convictions from their records and overcome the negative impacts these convictions have on their lives.”

The clinic will include a presentation, “Know Your Rights: Mississippi Law on Expungements,” by expungement expert Faye Peterson, the founder and principal attorney of The Peterson Group, LLC.  Peterson will answer questions about the expungement process and then attendees will complete an assessment of eligibility for an expungement and for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project income guidelines.

The expungement clinic is part of the Magnolia Bar’s Restoration Day Initiative, a day to help eligible members of the general public who have a past criminal history.

“Each of the partnering organizations considered the idea of holding an expungement clinic individually,” Peairs said.  “The Magnolia Bar Association’s Restoration Day efforts provided a way to utilize the full resources of law students and volunteer attorneys to underserved counties of in Northeast Mississippi.”

Participants should bring a valid I.D., a copy of their criminal record and an adjudication certification.

NOTE: *An expungement is the process of legally destroying, obliterating or striking out records or information in files, computers and other depositories relating to criminal charges.

For more information, contact Jenny Kate Luster, communications specialist, at 662-915-3424.  For more information about the University of Mississippi School of Law, visit www.law.olemiss.edu.