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Shipman Lawyers Participate in Greater Hartford Legal Aid's Pardon Clinic

June 12, 2020

Shipman & Goodwin lawyers teamed up with other volunteers to prepare pardon petitions on behalf of several petitioners in Greater Hartford Legal Aid’s October 2019 Pardon Clinic. As a result of their efforts, eight clients had their criminal records fully expunged last week by the state Board of Pardons, and one petitioner was granted a hearing before the Board in July, where she can make her case for a full pardon.

Shipman joined volunteers from The Hartford, The Travelers Companies, Robinson + Cole, GHLA and the UConn School of Law to prepare the successful pardon petitions, which now allows petitioners to obtain good jobs and apartments that would have previously been unavailable when background checks were run.

Kate Mylod, whose client was pardoned last week said, “I learned a tremendous amount by volunteering as pro bono counsel with the clinic, especially about the long-term and sometimes unintended effects that having a record can have on an individual years and years after making amends and accepting the consequences. I found the experience of hearing my client’s story, learning how she turned herself around and seeing how the record continued to impact her today to be a humbling and rewarding experience.”

Kate is a finance and real estate lawyer practicing in the areas of mortgage and mezzanine debt origination; intercreditor, co-lender and participation arrangements; structured finance; equity investment and joint venture formation; preferred equity financing; real property acquisition, disposition and asset management; secondary market acquisition and sales (including mortgage and mezzanine loans); and loan modifications, restructurings, workouts and enforcement actions.

Shipman has, for many years, demonstrated an unwavering commitment to pro bono service, as evidenced in the time and energy our lawyers devote not only to GHLA, but to delivering volunteer legal services and support to those who are poor, underrepresented, or otherwise in need in our communities.

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