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Clinic - Youth Defense & Reentry Legal Services

Clinic - Youth Defense and Reentry Legal Services Credits: 2.00 Faculty: Laurie Parise Every year thousands of young people return to their communities after court involvement with limited resources or opportunity for successful reintegration. In 2015 there were over 15,000 young people 16 to 21 years of age in New York State (NYS) convicted of a misdemeanor and 90% of those convicted were poor young men of color. Misdemeanor convictions carry a host of legal and practical challenges to successful reentry. Although they can be sealed after 10 years the individual applying must meet stringent guidelines. This leaves young people with the daunting task of trying to find legal services to ensure that their conviction record does not for instance, preclude them from obtaining employment, public housing, returning to secondary school or acceptance into higher educational institutions - all of which are crucial for future success. Therefore, many court-involved youths are in great need of legal representation both during and after court involvement to lift these legal barriers and enhance their ability to flourish and lead productive lives. 2.00 Credit seminar. Letter grade, Internship: P/F