Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association holds workshop


In front (l-r):  Attorney Stephanie Washington; Marc Aaron Takagaki, LaToya Felton, Saeeda Joseph-Charles, and Avery Johnson all from UMLS; attorney Erane Washington; Lakisha Favorite and Shavon Henry from UMLS; attorney Toi Dennis; Eric Cox from UMLS; and attorney Robyn McCoy. Second row (l-r) Attorneys Herman Griffin, Kelechi Nnodim, Cynthia Lindsey, Olga Yermalenka, Terrence Quinn and Rod Green. Third row (l-r) Attorney Charles Groh, and Jordan Lewis and Kavin Williams from UMLS.

Photo courtesy of Heather Johnson

The Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association held a Workshop and Fair on the Expungement and Federal Pardon Process on Sept. 17 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Ann Arbor.

Vanzetti Hamilton President Erane Washington welcomed attendees with opening remarks and Rev. Roderick Green did the Invocation.

Local artist Michael Ball from the group, "Lost Voices," an organization founded to bring life-changing creative programs to incarcerated and at-risk young people, sang "Eddie's Choice," a song written by nine incarcerated youth at the W.J. Maxey Boys Training School in Whitmore Lake.

Attorney Robyn McCoy talked about the expungement process, and attorney Rita White discussed the Federal pardon process.

Attorney Kelechi Nnodim facilitated a question and answer sequence, after which attorney/pastor Terrence Quinn led the group in a benediction.

Attorney Toi Dennis then matched up audience members with volunteer attorneys and law students to assess attendees' 'eligibility for expungement.'

Event attendees included members of the Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association, members of the University of Michigan Law School Black Law Students Alliance, several volunteer attorneys, and members from the community at large.

Published: Mon, Oct 05, 2015