Ropes & Gray Hosts Record-Sealing and Expungement Legal Clinic to Help Remove Barriers to Employment
Ropes & Gray partnered with Legal Aid Chicago to provide record-sealing and expungement assistance to the clients of the Safer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing recidivism among people with arrests and convictions, during a one-day legal clinic hosted in the firm’s Chicago office on June 28. The clinic was held in support of the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Neighborhood Jobs Connection initiative, which aims to increase access to jobs for people from disconnected communities.
The Safer Foundation is one of the nonprofits backed by the Neighborhood Jobs Connection initiative, and also one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records. Ropes & Gray asset management partner and Commercial Club member Paulita Pike rallied the firm’s lawyers, paralegals and legal professionals in support of the Commercial Club’s effort. During the clinic, Chicago office managing partner Laura Hoey delivered welcome remarks and helped to serve clients.