Live ECBA Lunch-n-Learn Seminar: Ethical Considerations in Helping a Low-Income Ex-Offender Apply for a Pardon

ECBA Seminars
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration: 11:45 a.m.
Seminar: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

$47 - ECBA Members (Judges & Attorneys) and their Non-attorney Staff
$60 - Non-members

This course has been approved for 1 Hour Ethics CLE


The procedure for pardons in Pennsylvania has been streamlined and all costs eliminated. Additionally, the wait has been cut in half and the Governor is granting pardons to over 80% of the applicants after their hearings. A recent study shows that simply signing pardons brought over $16 million into local economies across the state, because qualified people can get better jobs. Pardons are available only to people who have completed their sentences and “repaid their debt to society.” The Erie County Bar Association is working with a host of community members to create a Pro Bono Pardon Project in Erie. Attorneys can volunteer to help low-income clients fill out the application form and get the best chance possible for a hearing. Learning how to be a “Pardon Coach” can be helpful to many private clients as well, since so many people may benefit from the pardon process. Learn how attorneys can help our community by helping someone with a criminal record greatly increase their chances of success in just 3 hours of pro bono service, or less!


Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, Esquire, Director, The Pardon Project, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

After receiving his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, his forty-year career in the law includes 22 years in private practice as a commercial litigator, Chief Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, and General Counsel of Drexel University. In 2008 he began a decade of leadership and innovation in higher education, including service as the President or Executive Vice President of three universities (Arcadia, Drexel and Rowan). He began with PLSE as a volunteer Staff Attorney in 2017, and has served as its Executive Director since January 2018. He has received many national, state and local awards for exemplary pro bono service, including the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award. He lives in Wayne County, PA.

Reservations due to the ECBA office by Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Registration Cost: See registration form for details