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Representing Individuals with Criminal Records Under the LSC Act and Regulations

By Alan W. Houseman & Linda E. Perle

Although Legal Services Corporation (LSC) regulations prohibit representation in “criminal proceedings,” programs that receive LSC funds may represent individuals who are not in prison but have criminal records. Such representation may relate to the individuals’ criminal records, such as actions to seal or expunge record and advocacy to change practices that bar people with criminal records from employment.

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