Clean Slate Screening Project

  • To Volunteer, Contact:
    Employment Unit Community Legal Services

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) and the Pennsylvania Bar Association have joined forces to create the Clean Slate Screening Project. The Clean Slate Screening Project connects Pennsylvanians with volunteers who screen their records for Clean Slate sealing eligibility. 

The Clean Slate legislation allows for individuals to petition the courts to have their criminal records sealed if the person has been free from conviction for 10 years for an offense that resulted in a year or more in prison and has paid all court-ordered financial debts. Additionally, the new law allows automatic sealing of records for second or third-degree misdemeanor offenses that included a less than two-year prison sentence if a person has been free from convictions for 10 years, as well as sealing of criminal history records related to charges that resulted in non-convictions.

Volunteers will review the Pennsylvania criminal record of applicants under the program and advise them whether their record qualifies for sealing under the law and what steps need to be taken to start the sealing process.

Volunteer attorneys, paralegals and students working under attorney supervision are sought to assist by screening candidates for Clean Slate record sealing. CLS provides free training resources and hands-on support to volunteers.

For more information on Clean Slate visit

Volunteers can complete the online form at the link below to express interest in working in the program:
Volunteer for the Clean Slate Screening Project

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Pennsylvania
  • Area of law: Criminal Records Sealing
  • Populations Served: Individuals with criminal histories
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice)
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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