Ohio Record-Sealing Law Change and its Effect on Individuals Impacted by the Criminal Legal System

Ohio Record-Sealing Law Change and its Effect on

Individuals Impacted by the Criminal Legal System 

Monday, May 17, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Live Interactive Webinar

­­Application was made to the Supreme Court of Ohio for 2.75 hours of CLE credit.

Thousands of Ohioans face barriers to housing and employment because of their past involvement in the criminal legal system. As part of its racial justice advocacy, Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA), including its direct service civil legal aid programs the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS), offers programming for low-income individuals throughout their collective 36 county service area who are navigating these barriers with the goal of obtaining a clean slate or second chance. Likewise, the Ohio Justice & Policy Center offers reentry legal services throughout Ohio. In Franklin County, pro se litigants can also access services through the Franklin County Municipal Court Self Represented Resource Center

On April 12, eligibility for criminal record-sealing expanded in Ohio, which means that many more Ohioans may now apply to have their records sealed from public view.

This CLE program is designed to prepare attorneys who will be assisting low-income clients with record-sealing applications. Volunteers will also be trained on the new eligibility criteria, the process by which they can review a criminal record, and the forms necessary for clients to apply. The first two hours of the session will cover general information applicable to all of Ohio’s counties and courts.  The last hour will focus on the process in Franklin County.



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information.

This training is free to any attorney currently participating in (or committed to participate in) the LASC and SEOLS Pro Bono Program and legal aid staff members.  All others should submit a $110.00 fee. Contact Marsha Evans () for more information about paying the fee for non-volunteers.



1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.           Eligibility for Criminal Record-Sealing in Ohio

Verjine Adanalian, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.           Reviewing a Client’s Criminal Record

Patrick Higgins, Legal Aid Society of Columbus

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.           Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Completing a Record-Sealing Application & Fee Waiver Request

Adam Vincent, Southeastern Ohio Legal Services

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.           Franklin County Specific Guidance and Hypotheticals

Robby Southers, Franklin County Municipal Court Self Represented Resource Center



Verjine Adanalian is an attorney with the Second Chance Project at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. She provides legal services, outreach, and education, specializing in the legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization. Verjine is an adjunct professor at Wright State University where she teaches classes focusing on human trafficking and criminal justice in the Applied Behavioral Sciences master’s program. Verjine graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly.

Patrick Higgins joined the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) in September 2018 as a Staff Attorney with the Housing and Public Benefits Teams. He is the team leader of LASC’s Re-Entry Team. He received his B.A. from New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program, where his concentration was Politics, Rights, and Development. After graduation, he received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was an Arthur Russell Morgan Fellow in Human Rights Following law school, Patrick was an Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Justice for All Fellow at the Ohio Poverty Law Center.

Robert Southers has managed the Franklin County Municipal Court Self Help Resource Center since August of 2017. As part of this role, Robert has taught record sealing to groups across Ohio including to advocates, probation officers, attorneys, and prosecutors. Prior to his current position, Robert worked on various projects at Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio and the Divided Community Project. Robert received a J.D. from the Moritz College of Law and a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Adam Vincent is an Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice For All Fellow. His fellowship focuses on addressing court costs and the barriers court debt creates for low-income Ohioans. Adam’s fellowship focuses broadly on the myriad ways court costs and court debt impact low-income Ohioans, including those re-entering society, and how such financial barriers limit access to the courts.

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