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Vacating Convictions: The Clean Slate Act Could Help

March 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Jacob Kuykendall

“I lived on the fringes of society. Since that time I have been deemed moral for the purpose of practicing law, but denied jobs based on my criminal record. I have deemed worthy enough to serve the federal government and work for the Department of Energy in Washington DC, but couldn’t rent an apartment in the DC area because of my criminal record.” Sarai Cook, testifying in support of the Clean Slate Act.

The issues that Ms. Jouravleva’s article bring up about living with a criminal conviction might be helped by legislation currently working its way through the Washington Legislature. House Bill...

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