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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 by the New York County Lawyers Association. The panel presentation, Breaking Down Barriers to Employment Opportunities and Beyond: Sealing Criminal Records, Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct” is being held at the New York County Lawyers Association, located at 14 Vesey Street in Manhattan, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is open to both attorneys and non-attorneys.

As a panelist, Rick will be providing insight into the new sealing law in New York that went into effect in October, 2017 and the sealing of low level criminal convictions. In addition to talking about specific eligibility to have criminal records sealed in New York, Rick — who as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Sealing Committee served as a trailblazer in the passage of the new criminal record sealing law in New York — will provide insight into the passage of this new law that is giving so many people throughout New York the opportunity for a clean slate and a “second chance” in life.

Although this is the third NYCLA CLE program addressing Certificates of Relief from Civil Disabilities/Certificates of Good Conduct, it is the first one to also incorporate a presentation of the recently passed New York sealing law. The program is being moderated by The Hon. Milton A. Tingling, New York County Clerk, Commissioner of Jurors and Clerk of the Supreme Court, with other panelists including Kate Wagner-Goldstein, Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center and Lionel Oglesby, Senior Paralegal at the Legal Action Center. In addition to addressing the long-lasting effects of a criminal record – including social stigma and barriers to employment/housing — the program will provide an overview of applying for Certificates and a sealed record, helping reformed ex-offenders to successfully reintegrate into society by helping to remove such barriers.

The program is open to the public and is free for non-attorneys; non-attorneys only may RSVP to [email protected]. In addition, attorneys who commit to and volunteer 3 hours during a NYCLA consultation event on Certificates and Sealing will earn 3 CLE credits at no charge after their volunteer service is complete.

We hope to see many of you there (both attorneys as well as non-attorneys) to learn more about criminal record sealing in New York, eligibility and possible next steps. For more information about the NYCLA program and to register, visit https://www.nycla.org/NYCLA/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=CLE022118. In addition, for specific questions about criminal record sealing in New York and to discuss your specific eligibility, feel free to call us anytime at 516-294-0300 or email us at [email protected]

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