Pipeline to Possibilities


On Friday, April 6, “From Expungement to Entrepreneurship: the Pipeline to Possibilities” was presented at the Southfield Public Library. This program not only provided free expungement advice by Lakeshore Legal Aid and the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, but professors and business law student from the University of Michigan Law School Entrepreneurship Clinic also offered free workshops to expungement attendees interested in starting their own small business. Among those supporting the program were (front row, l-r) Nicole Lockhart, Donna Lassa (Lakeshore Legal Aid), Harsh Makhijani, Corey Sutton, Terry Wiley (vice president, National Bar Association), Rhonda Terry (Southfield Human Services), Oakland County 46th District Court Judge Debra Nance, Kimberley Ann Ward (Straker board member, and Community Action Committee co-chair), Kameshia Gant  (Straker board member), Lynda S. Krupp (Lakeshore Legal Aid), and Kerry Phillips; (back) Jacquelyn McClinton, Vincent Toussaint, Jacob Derrick, Kelechi Akinbosede (president, Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association), Maynard Timm, Vassal Johnson II (president, Straker Bar Association), Roeiah Epps, and Rebecca Nowak (University of Detroit Mercy School of Law clinical coordinator).

Photo by John Meiu