The New Pathway to Pardons: The Barristers Pardon Project (Virtual Event-Philadelphia)

  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Barristers Association of Philadelphia
  • Source: Pennsylvania > PA Pro Bono
  • Criminal
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)
  • Expungement


The Barristers Association of Philadelphia is offering a free* virtual CLE program entitled The New Pathway to Pardons: The Barristers Pardon Project on October 28, 2020 from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM. An optional follow-up session will also  be held on November 4, 2020 from 12:00 PM-12:30 PM.

Criminal record histories are keeping not just individuals and families in poverty, but whole neighborhoods, and Pennsylvania’s Auditor General and Secretary of Labor & Industry have called for many more pardons to be granted, much more quickly.

THE GOOD NEWS: the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons has made major reforms to the pardon process and is recommending 87% of all pardon applications it hears!

In this two-hour program, you will learn about the new pardon process and forms, what the Board of Pardons is looking for, and how you can so easily help someone with a criminal record maximize their chances of receiving a hearing, a pardon, and a second chance. This training will enable you to immediately start representing private clients.

  • Joseph Mitchell, Esquire – Host & Pardon Project Coordinator
    Long-time Barristers Member and Inaugural Pardon Project Volunteer
  • Tobey Oxholm, Esquire – Presenter
    Executive Director, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

Pre-Registration is required. Email to to register.

For security reasons, the presentation links will be shared with only those who pre-register.

*This program is FREE because all attendees will be given their first pro-bono client, pre-screened for legal merit and income eligibility, to help through the application.


  • CLE Credit Comments:

    1.5 Substantive CLE Credits
    + 0.5 Substantive CLE Credits for Optional Follow-Up Program

    Attendance at this event is categorized as "distance learning" by the PA CLE Board. On April 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a Court Order temporarily waiving the six (6) hour limitation on distance learning credits for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements though approved distance learning activities. More information on distance learning CLE credit.

  • Contact:
    Joseph Mitchell
    Barristers Association of Philadelphia