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Category Archives: NY Sealing Law

350 People with Misdemeanor Marijuana Convictions Have Records Sealed in Unprecedented Class-Action Settlement in New York

In an unprecedented first step in New York that may impact thousands more people, 350 people with low-level misdemeanor marijuana convictions in Manhattan will now have their criminal records sealed, as a result of a new class action settlement announced on Monday.  The order to seal the records for these misdemeanor marijuana crimes in New […]

Pennsylvania Becomes First State to Automatically Seal Eligible Criminal Records

Pennsylvania has become the first state in the nation to automatically seal eligible criminal records – giving reformed ex-offenders throughout the state the opportunity for a second chance and removing barriers for employment, education and housing facing so many people with criminal records. The Pennsylvania law, which went into effect on June 28th, is part […]

Criminal Record Sealing Initiatives Continue to Move Forward Nationwide

– With Criminal Record Sealing Still Underutilized Throughout the Country, California is the First State in the Country to Introduce a New Bill Calling for Automatic Record Sealing – Although deserving ex-offenders now have the ability to seal their criminal records in many states throughout the country – including in New York, where criminal record […]

Less Than 1% of Ex-Offenders Have Taken Advantage of New Sealing Law

NY Daily News Article Highlights That Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Applicants Can Benefit from Criminal Record Sealing in New York According to the latest data, there are 600,000 individuals in New York who are eligible to have their criminal records sealed – yet surprisingly, less than 1% of those eligible have taken advantage of […]

Rick Collins Makes Headlines Again with Groundbreaking Sealing Law, Featured in Metro NY

Metro NY Story Highlights CGMB’s Role in Bringing Awareness to the Importance of Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York Tens of thousands of New Yorkers are eligible to finally have their criminal records sealed — but only 349 of them have taken advantage of the law since going into effect in October 7, 2017. The Metro NY piece highlights […]

President Trump Declares April 2018 “Second Chance Month”

– Month Offers Opportunities to Spread Awareness of, and Advocate for, the Importance of Criminal Record Sealing – President Trump has declared April 2018 as Second Chance Month. The President stated, “During Second Chance Month, our Nation emphasizes the need to prevent crime on our streets, to respect the rule of law by prosecuting individuals […]

Rick Collins to Address Criminal Record Sealing in NY as Panelist at February 21st NYCLA Program

Rick Collins to Address Criminal Record Sealing in NY as Panelist at February 21st NYCLA Program

Rick to Present Information on New NY Sealing Law at Program Open to both Attorneys and the Public On Wednesday, February 21st, Rick Collins will be providing both fellow attorneys and the general public with the latest information about criminal record sealing in New York as part of a panel discussion and CLE Program being presented […]

Rick Collins’ on Making Sealing Law a Reality, Featured in Amsterdam News

A new law could mean a new start for New Yorkers In 1992, John (not his real name) and his friends were stopped by police while riding around in a car. The car was stolen. Everyone, including John, were arrested. He was 18 years old at the time. The infraction, the only one of his […]

Rick Collins, Marc Gann and Jay Manfre to Attend 141st Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association

This week, CGMB founding partners Rick Collins and Marc Gann, along with associates Phil Nash and Jay Manfre, will be attending the 141st Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association in Manhattan. While at the conference, Rick, Marc, Phil and Jay will be participating in key section and committee meetings, ceremonies and receptions, […]


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