Honorable Dorothy Brown, clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County,along with Cabrini Green Legal Aid andanarrayofjudicial,governmental,legal,communityandreligiousorganizationsandagencies, hostedthe15th AnnualSecondChanceAdultandJuvenileExpungementSummitand Job Information Seminar. It was held at Westinghouse College Preparatory HighSchool located at 3223 W. Franklin Blvd.,Chicago.
This year, Clerk Brown implemented a new advance registration process for the Expungement Summit that was used by 592 individuals. More than 735 people attended the summit and petitions were filed to expunge 1,323 cases and to seal 649 cases.
Clerk Brown’s 2019 Second Chance Expungement Summit was a massive collaborative effort with Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Get Cleared, the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago Police Department, Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Safer Foundation, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Cook County Juvenile Probation Department, city and county elected officials, several media outlets, and many governmental, social service, healthcare and religious organizations.
Cook County Circuit Court judges were on site to approve petitions to waive filing fees and morethan 40 exhibitors hosted resourcetables at the Summit.
“I am elated by the cooperative spirit of all the diverse agencies and organizations that worked together to provide attendees with the services they need to handle background issues and access available resources to get their lives back on track,” Clerk Brown said.