As 2018 ends, the Lawyers’ Committee is drawing its Second Chance Clinic work to a close after seven fruitful years. The Clinic was launched in 2011 in response to an unmet need for reentry legal services for people restarting their lives following contact with the criminal legal system.
LCCR developed training materials and a manual, with the goal of not only providing innovative high quality services to our clients, but also building the capacity or our pro bono and community legal partners around the city and state to serve people in the reentry community. That effort was an unmitigated success. Our collaboration with the local and statewide reentry network resulted in the proliferation of attorneys to serve the reentry community.
The Second Chance Clinic’s success allows LCCR to pivot and redirect its resources to develop innovative legal strategies to meet the most pressing new unmet justice needs in our community. To that end, the Lawyers’ Committee has turned its attention to the bail industry’s unjust practices, which we have increasingly heard from our community members undermines their financial security and violates basic principles of equity and justice.
Our new Bail Clinic has begun to develop new legal strategies to reform bail industry practices through direct services and impact litigation, and, in the model of the Second Chance Clinic, develop and distribute the manual, training, and technical support to our legal partners around the state to replicate and amplify our efforts for justice, equity, and community enrichment.
The Lawyers’ Committee is grateful to our clients, staff, volunteers, community partners, and pro bono attorneys for their efforts and support that made the Second Chance Clinic the incredible success it was over the years.
Are you looking for information or services about collateral consequences, restoration of rights, or reentry? The Lawyers’ Committee is no longer taking second chance cases. Our community partners working on second chance and related issues may be able to help you:
If you have an ongoing criminal case or believe that you may be subject to an arrest warrant, please contact the public defender’s office in your county. The East Bay Community Law Center hosts a county-by-county directory of public defender’s offices.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, and have concerns about the immigration consequences of a criminal record, please contact an immigration legal services provider that works in your area. You can look up what organizations offer services in your area through the National Immigration Legal Services Directory. In the Bay Area, these services are offered by Centro Legal de la Raza and the East Bay Community Law Center, as well as other organizations listed in the Directory.
If you are seeking assistance with criminal record remedies in San Francisco, please contact the San Francisco Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program.
If you are seeking assistance with criminal record remedies in other counties, please consult the East Bay Community Law Center’s directory of organizations providing county-specific services and check if the public defender in that county offers clean slate services through clearmyrecord.org.
If you have other questions about criminal record remedies or the legal consequences of your records, Root and Rebound offers self-help guides and a weekly Reentry Legal Hotline.
If you would like to learn more about the grassroots movement to fight against discrimination based on arrest or conviction history, please visit the website for All of Us or None and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Do you know your rights about voting with a criminal record in California? Visit the California Secretary of State’s information page.