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We remove barriers to employment and housing by providing free legal services to Durham residents who cannot afford attorneys to expunge charges and convictions from their criminal records and restore suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses.

 

DEAR LAUNCHES “SECOND CHANCE DRIVING” PROJECT

 
 

The Durham Expunction & Restoration Program is supporting the transformational initiative of the Durham District Attorney’s Office to resolve old traffic charges that are causing long-term driver’s license suspensions for Durham residents. Please visit www.secondchancedriving.org to search your name to determine if you have received relief—either the dismissal of an old pending traffic case or the elimination of old unpaid traffic court debt, or both. In addition to DA Deberry, DEAR thanks the NC Justice Center and Code the Dream (who developed the website). Read more about the effort in a recent story in the INDY.


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At the heart of DEAR is an unprecedented level of partnership and collaboration between the City of Durham, Durham District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Durham Court System, community organizations, and members of the DEAR Advisory Board. Unique to the DEAR program, our local law schools participate in an organized network of community legal clinics.

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Attorneys from the District Attorney and Public Defender’s Offices volunteered at a free DEAR clinic at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in December 2018.

Attorneys from the District Attorney and Public Defender’s Offices volunteered at a free DEAR clinic at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in December 2018.

We aspire to create a model pro bono community in Durham. If you are an attorney, paralegal or law school student interested in volunteering to support DEAR’s mission, please sign up below and we will notify you of future opportunities.

 
Volunteering with the DEAR project attorneys has been a rewarding experience. I enjoyed seeing people relieved that their records were being cleaned and excited for new opportunities.
— Durham volunteer attorney
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I haven’t had a license in 22 years. A lawyer said he could help me for $9,000. I can’t afford that. DEAR helped me get my license back.
— DEAR participant

OUR LEGAL SERVICES TEAM

from the City of Durham, Legal Aid of NC, and NC Justice Center

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Arnetta Herring, DEAR Attorney
City of Durham

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Laura Holland, DEAR Attorney
NC Justice Center

Joseph Laizure, DEAR Attorney   About Joseph

Joseph Laizure, DEAR Attorney
Legal Aid of Durham

 
 
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Henry Riva-Polacio, DEAR Attorney, City of Durham

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Lauren Robbins, DEAR Paralegal
City of Durham

 
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