On Saturday, March 2nd, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs supported the Louisville Urban League’s Reily Re-Entry Project, which provides expungement advice to those in need. There is a tremendous demand for this service in our community. Last year, the first of these large clinics was conducted, and people were lined-up around the block seeking assistance. A news report from last years clinic can be viewed here: https://www.wdrb.com/news/louisville-urban-league-to-host-another-expungement-clinic/article_4fc6fd98-2980-11e9-a549-c701fa2191b2.html.
The initiative is bigger than a Wyatt and Louisville Urban League project, however. Last year, the clinic had significant help from Legal Aid, the Brandeis School of Law, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Black Lawyers Association, and the Administrative Office of the Courts. This year, Stites & Harbison also assisted in providing lawyers and training for the event. A story covering this year’s clinic can be viewed here: https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2019/03/22/cover-storylouisville-attorneys-are-pitching-in-to.html
Research done by students at Stanford University has shown that people who have gone through the expungement process make an average of $6,000 more per year! An expungement can enable a person to work in jobs that were previously unattainable. It can also increase one’s access to housing, to financial aid, and restore voting rights. It’s something that is important to the quality of our local workforce, which is why GLI also supports this initiative and why Governor Bevin signed the expungement law in 2017. GLI is currently working with the legislature on revising that first version of the law to make expungements even easier to attain.
More information on the Reily Re-entry project is available here.