Library to host KU Legal Aid expungement clinic to give 2nd chances to people with a criminal record

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The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., is pictured Friday, May 27, 2022.

Individuals who are interested in having a criminal record expunged can learn more about the process and possibly receive free legal representation during an event next week at the Lawrence Public Library.

The University of Kansas School of Law’s Legal Aid Clinic is hosting a Clean Slate Criminal Record Expungement Clinic from noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of the library, 707 Vermont St. No appointment is needed.

The clinic is in partnership with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and the library, and it will provide free legal representation to eligible individuals seeking to expunge records in Douglas County District Court and/or Lawrence Municipal Court.

“Convictions for certain crimes shouldn’t be a life sentence,” District Attorney Suzanne Valdez said in a release. “Through this opportunity, individuals can access the expungement process for free and remove long-standing barriers to education, housing, and employment.”

An expungement seals from view an arrest record, diversion or conviction, with certain exceptions. If you have questions about the clinic and expungement eligibility, call the Legal Aid Clinic at 785-864-5564.


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