Gonzaga law students help people clear criminal records

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by HONORA SWANSON

NWCN.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 10:10 PM

SPOKANE, Wash – Gonzaga University law students are trying a new program that may help young offenders get a fresh start in life.

In Washington, if an offender breaks the law before age 18, that person has to go through tricky paperwork and court dates to seal the record. Juvenile records don’t miraculously erase when someone turns 18. Therefore, due to background checks, it can be difficult to find work or a place to live.

“Somebody made a mistake when they were young, and I think most of us do stupid things when (we're) young, but that shouldn't live with us the rest of our lives,” law student and clinic volunteer Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin said.

This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the law students will hold the free legal clinic to help those who want to legally clear their names. If you need to contact someone from the clinic, call 509-496-9491 or email spokanejuvenilerecordsealing@gmail.com.

There's a similar program with Spokane County court, but it costs $100.

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