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Pardon Project

The Pardon Project is committed to reducing the collateral consequences of criminal convictions by assisting Philadelphia residents with pardon applications.

What we do: 

We work with Philadelphia residents with criminal convictions that are seeking a pardon from the Governor. We work in collaboration with our client-partners in every aspect of the pardon application including helping secure court files, writing the required essays, and filling out the required forms.

How we do it:

The Pardon Project is a year-long pro-bono project where students are paired with at least one client-partner and work in collaboration with Community Legal Services. Students will work with the client-partner over the course of the year to complete the pardon application.

How and when can I join:

Applications are available in the Fall semester. Participants must attend training in the Fall and commit to the project for the full academic year. If you have questions, please email the Pardon Project Co-Directors, Maura Hallisey and Adrianna Vallee.

What skills will I develop:

Client counseling and interviewing skills, legal analysis skills, legal writing and advocacy skills.

The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.