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March 22, 2016

Registration Open for April Pro Bono Webinar

Driving While Poor: Breaking the Cycle of Criminal Justice Debt and the Restoration of Ex-offender Driving Privileges

April 28, 2016, 1:00 PM EDT

Registration is now open for Driving While Poor: Breaking the Cycle of Criminal Justice Debt and the Restoration of Ex-offender Driving Privileges. Please register for this webinar here.

"Criminal justice debt” refers to the accumulation of fees, fines and costs, sometimes across more than one jurisdiction, that a defendant acquires while being processed through the justice system. After serving their prison and jail sentences, ex-offenders find that this debt remains and, in some instances, has even increased. Furthermore, their drivers licenses have been suspended as a means of collecting against this debt and, consequently, they are often unable to find and keep employment because they cannot legally drive to work. These ex-offenders need the assistance of volunteer lawyers to help them set-up plans to restore their driver's licenses and navigate them through the legal process.

This webinar is offered to pro bono attorneys who will be assisting recently released ex-offenders to get their driver’s licenses restored so they can drive to work and keep a job. Attorney Randy Rollins, Founder and President of Drive to Work, a non-profit organization assisting low income and previously incarcerated persons regain their driving privileges will provide the instruction.

The VSB Access to Legal Services Committee and Drive to Work are co-sponsoring this program which will be submitted for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit. Attendees will certify at registration that, in exchange for the free CLE credit, they will accept a pro bono referral from Drive to Work to represent an ex-offender to regain their driver's privileges or make a financial contribution to Drive to Work.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Information may also be found on the VSB Pro Bono/Access to Legal Services page.

Updated: Mar 23, 2016