On Saturday, March 5, 2016, an Expungement Fair was held at the Benton Harbor High School. The fair was headed by Dorothy Parker, president of the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and was co-hosted by the sorority’s Social Action Committee and the Journey Church Outreach Ministry. The targeted audience for the Expungement Fair was women and men in shelters, halfway houses, reentry programs, and those with felony or misdemeanor records. In addition to expungement assistance, there were other community resources available to assist participants, including voter registration.
Pro bono attorneys participating in the Expungement Fair included Elizabeth McCree, Heidi Duncan, Jason Siffert, Kevin Banyon, and Nora Hudson. The participating attorneys are to be congratulated for their diligence and commitment to improving their community. Prior to the Expungement Fair, the attorneys were trained on current expungement law and the expungement process by Kimberley Reed Thompson, JD, of Detroit. At the fair, the pro bono attorneys met with over 200 participants, explained the expungement process, and helped the participants complete the necessary forms for requesting an expungement.
Published March 16, 2016