We have decided to cancel the upcoming Spring Break Road to Justice Tour coming up March 23 - 26. This includes the criminal record sealing clinics in Wynne, Marianna, and Augusta and the CLE training in Forrest City on March 23.
Please help us spread the word that we will still serve clients who have confirmed appointments.
If you had an appointment, Legal Aid will reach out to you within the next week to assist you with your case. Please contact Greneda Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
We have made this decision due to the concerns with public health. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
WEST MEMPHIS, AR- Legal Aid of Arkansas is hitting the road this spring break to bring free criminal record sealing clinics to Wynne, Marianna, and Augusta. Sealing a criminal record may make it easier to get a job and housing.
There will be three free clinics to seal criminal records:
- March 24, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Gary Glover Family Life Center, 47 West Main St., Marianna
- March 25, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, O. McCallum Community Center, 325 Magnolia St., Wynne
- March 26, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Holy Ghost Academy COGIC, 927 S 4th St., Augusta.
Appointments are required to attend. Please contact Legal Aid Staff Attorney Greneda Johnson at 870-972-9224 ext. 6314 for pre-screening and to make your appointment for a location near you.
Barbara Hightower, President of Marianna Area Alumnae Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, describes the impact of these free legal services. "We have a high number of people, especially young people, both men and women who have a criminal record following them around wherever they go. These clinics give hope to individuals trying to find a job. They will feel better knowing they have a fresh start and a community that cares about them."
Law students, private bar attorneys, and Legal Aid attorneys will be providing these direct civil legal services for free as part of its annual Spring Break on the Road to Justice Project. Twelve students from University of Arkansas School of Law and University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law were accepted to participate: Jaden Atkins, Colin Boyd, Kara Butler, Tonisha Cox, Elijah Cummins, Donta Dismuke, Antonio Jones, Dorothy Spector, Ashley Spinazze, Morgan (Paige) Topping, Samantha Warren, and Audrey Weber.
Lee Richardson, Executive Director at Legal Aid of Arkansas, Jordan Bates-Rogers, Program Coordinator at Arkansas Access to Justice, and Austin Easley, St. Francis County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney will provide a free CLE training on criminal record sealing in Arkansas training for law students and attorneys (3 hours pending approval) on March 23rd from 12:00-3:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Forrest City. Register online at https://forms.gle/ZB2cwy2U15KwBUR68.
Spring Break on the Road to Justice is supported by the Arkansas Bar Foundation, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Legal Aid of Arkansas, and University of Arkansas School of Law Student Bar Association. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services has generously donated the use of their mobile workforce center allowing more attorneys to be onsite to assist clients one-on-one.
Legal Aid of Arkansas is a nonprofit, public interest law firm that provides free legal services to low-income Arkansans with civil legal problems across 31 counties. Please contact Greneda Johnson at 870-972-9224 ext. 6314 with questions or for more information about the free criminal record sealing clinics.