By: Christine Flynn
An estimated one-third of all Philadelphians have been arrested at one time or another. Only a VERY small percentage of charges actually end up in convictions, but EVERY charge remains part of a criminal record, available on the internet 24/7 for anyone to see (like potential employers and landlords) unless a Petition is filed asking a judge to expunge it.
On November 20, 2017, Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, Pro Bono Staff Attorney, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), conducted its first-ever training program for paralegals. Seventeen (17) paralegals attended as part of the Inaugural Class.
PLSE is a non-profit that provides pro bono assistance to lower income Philadelphians (www.plsephilly.org). With a very small staff, it files and presents to the Criminal Court more than a thousand petitions each year. With the partnership of The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, PLSE is looking to more than double that number.