Expungement workshop

Anitra Hardy hosted an expungement workshop at Bethel AME Church in Columbia on Saturday. More workshops will be held across the state.

South Carolina Legal Services held a expungement and pardon workshop at Bethel AME Church on Saturday, February 13.

South Carolina Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to underprivileged, underserved, underrepresented citizens in South Carolina.

“What we're doing here today is an expungement and pardon clinic,” said A'netra Hardy, the outreach paralegal for the SC Legal Services. “What we're doing is trying to assist people that wouldn't otherwise receive this type of help at no charge and no cost.”

The event at Bethel AME was held in partnership with National Expungement Week, another nonprofit organization that partners with legal entities to provide free legal resources and other wraparound services to communities.

“We've partnered and collaborated with National Expungement Week, which provide the actual funding for pardons and for expungements,” Hardy said. “We do the legal side and give the representation, and they provide actual funding for it. “We also have another component, Path2Redemption, which is Lester Young. He actually does the mentoring piece. So it's almost like a one-stop shop.”

South Carolina Legal Services will host two similar events in Charleston and Orangeburg. Both clinics are free.

“We have one on the 20th in Charleston, and one coming up on the 28th in Orangeburg,” Hardy said. “You can actually contact us and learn about these events via our web page, SouthCarolinaLegalServices.org or SCLegal.org, or you can contact me directly at (803) 730-1716.”

The Charleston expungement clinic will be held from noon - 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at 1418 Remount Road in North Charleston. To register, call (803) 814-4036 or email BlackLiberationFund@gmail.com.

The Orangeburg expungement clinic will be held from noon -3 p.m. on Saturday, February 27 at 126 Associate Parkway in Orangeburg. To register, call (803) 814-4036 or email SC@NationalExpungementWeek.org.

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