Steve's Remarks

November 12, 2021

As we begin this fall and holiday season, I want to thank everyone who tuned in to watch our I AM SOMEBODY Virtual Program on Thursday, October 21, at 12 pm to learn more about partner organizations, our clients, and this year’s honorees. If you missed the broadcast, you can watch the video at the end of this newsletter! On behalf of cgla's Board of Directors, staff, and clients, THANK YOU for supporting cgla during this year’s Virtual Benefit! With your support, we were able to raise nearly $200,000!   

Each year, approximately 3,000 people come through cgla’s Virtual Help Desks seeking relief from past arrest or conviction records. Volunteers help support the Virtual Help Desks by consulting clients regarding their criminal background and eligibility for criminal records relief. If you're interested in serving at our virtual help desk as a volunteer attorney you can sign up for the quarterly training via Salesforce.
I also want to highlight the criminal records legal clinic hosted by Burke Warren and JPMorgan Chase on October 21, 2021, at the Chase Community Center in Stoney Island. Below is a picture of the attorneys that volunteered and a testimonial from Alexander D. Marks, Partner at Burke Warren! If you are looking to do pro bono work with cgla or are interested in serving at our virtual help desk as a volunteer attorney, we have our quarterly training on November 17, 2021, from 11 am to 2 pm. You can sign up for the quarterly training via Salesforce by following these steps. Registration is required.

We are only able to serve as many clients as we do with the support of our community and our volunteer attorneys, and we are so grateful for each of you! We wish you all a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!

Steve Fus
Interim Executive Director

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