Second Successful CPIL Legal Skills Series

​​​The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) concluded its second legal skills series of the academic year on March 16, 2015.  Courtney Kelledes (JD ’13), staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, taught the four part series titled “Mitigating the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record.” While a law student at DePaul, Ms. Kelledes interned with CGLA's Criminal Records department and organized CPIL's 7th Annual Symposium, Fighting the Stigma: Overcoming the Barriers of a Criminal Record, in 2013.

This series was designed to give students an overview of the collateral consequences of a criminal record, focusing the majority of the series on examining legal routes to mitigating those effects for employment purposes. Kelledes first focused on a brief introduction of the effects of a criminal record, particularly the prevalent use of background checks by employers. The series also highlighted the various types of convictions that can be sealed or expunged and the intricacies associated with taking steps to start those processes. Students in attendance also learned practical skills such as how to adequately read and identify important information on a client’s RAP sheet and criminal disposition. The series concluded with addressing other avenues to mitigating a criminal record, such as petitioning for executive clemency, a health care worker waiver, or a certificate of rehabilitation. 

The series took place on four consecutive Mondays from February 23 to March 16. Student who attended all four sessions received a certificate of completion. CPIL offers three public interest legal skills series each academic year.

CPIL will begin the third and final legal skills series of the year on March 30, 2015. The final skills series will be a five-session introduction to family law issues. The “Basics in Family Law” Legal Skills Series will be taught by alum Candace Wayne. ​​​