Expungement Clinic coming to Laurel

June 8, 2015
CONTACT: Dana Terry, Communications Director, 769.230.2841

JACKSON- The Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) will hold an expungement clinic June 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Cameron Center, located at 710 North 10th Avenue in Laurel.

The clinic is designed to remove barriers to employment for people with arrest and conviction histories. Attendees will learn more about Mississippi’s expungment laws and the qualifications needed to receive an expungement.

Kyra McDonald, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at MCJ, is the attorney hosting the clinic. The City of Laurel is also a host.

“We are excited to partner with Mayor Magee to provide this free service to the City of Laurel,” said McDonald. “An expungement is one of the best legal remedies available in Mississippi to aid individuals with criminal records who are seeking employment. However, oftentimes, individuals are either unaware that these services are available or are unable to obtain legal assistance. “

Mayor Johnny Magee is hopeful that those who qualify will take advantage of this clinic. “This is a great opportunity to have old charges removed and can make life much easier in so many ways,” said Magee.

The Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Supported and staffed by attorneys, community leaders and volunteers, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.

Created in 1993, the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship Program is one of the most productive and highly regarded national service programs in the country. AmeriCorps Legal Fellows make a lasting impact on the communities they serve by expanding the legal resources in low-income and underserved communities and facilitating pro bono opportunities.

For more information, contact Kyra McDonald at 769.230.2829.