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Removing Barriers and Restoring Hope: The Basics of Expungements and Certificates of Relief

Wednesday May 07

  • By: Pro Bono Activities Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • Time: 8:55 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    NC Bar Center
    8000 Weston Parkway
    Cary, NC
  • Contact:
    CLE Department of the North Carolina Bar Association
    (919) 677-0561
  • Website:


1.5 million North Carolinians over the age of 16 have a criminal record. Criminal background checks have become a standard part of many application procedures including employment, housing, licensing, college admittance, and other essential benefits.

Couple this fact with the increased availability of criminal records on the web and we have a perfect storm-an environment where employers and landlords routinely deny opportunities based on the criminal records-which acts as a significant road block to obtain housing, employment or other necessities of life. A person who wishes to overcome these barriers can apply for Expungment and Certificates of Relief, and have a better chance to live a productive and positive life in the community.


Attorneys who attend this training will learn about the collateral consequences a person faces after they have contact with the criminal justice system, what the is the legislative history and current status of the Expungement and Certificates of Relief laws in North Carolina, and participants will walk through an actual case scenario of someone who is asking for these avenues of relief and be shown how to fill out the pleadings and issue spot along the way.

Presenters include: Daryll Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice; Christopher Daniel Bowes, NC Justice Center; Kristofer J. Cook, Legal Aid of North Carolina; Whitney J. Fairbanks, NC Administrative Office of the Courts; Marcella L. Farmer, Legal Aid of North Carolina; April Giancola, Disability Rights North Carolina; Dionne R. Gonder-Stanley, North Carolina Central School of Law; William D. Rowe , NC Justice Center; Daniel J. Worrall, Legal Aid of North Carolina.

The expectation is that each participant in this training accepts at least one pro bono case from their local Legal Aid of NC office within a year of the training date in the area of Expungement and Certificates of Relief.

The attorney will be fully supported by their local Legal Aid of NC office with technical assistance and guidance.


  • Course has been approved for 3 hours of CLE/CPE credit.
  • Cost to attend is $60 for NC Bar Association members and $75 for non-members.
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina attorneys and paralegals can attend for free.
  • Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program begins at 8:55 am. At the conclusion of the program at 12:15 pm, lunch will be served.
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  • CLE Credit Comments: Course has been approved for three hours of CLE/CPE credit.

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