Volunteer Opportunities


Daley Center Expungement and Sealing Help Desk


Cabrini Green Legal Aid


Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington
10th Floor, Room 1006
Chicago, IL 60602

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Volunteers provide brief advice and service to individuals seeking to clear their criminal records through expungement, sealing, or executive clemency. Volunteers meet with clients, read their criminal history or RAP sheets, determine their eligibility for expungement, sealing, or executive clemency, and help them file the necessary paperwork. The desk is open each week Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located in the Daley Center.

Volunteers are required to complete a two-part training at CGLA's office (each training part is 2 hours - total of 4 hours over two evenings). Part 1 of the training includes an overview of the laws; Part 2 is an interactive training, walking through the steps of identifying a client's eligibility for expungement or sealing. CGLA's volunteer coordinator and staff attorneys also support volunteers.

About the organization

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years. CGLA does more than give people a second chance – they are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism. This is accomplished by combining high-quality legal services with supportive services coordinated through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations. Legal representation focuses on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through criminal defense work, criminal records work and civil cases that arise from criminal justice system involvement.

Who We Serve

We serve residents of the City of Chicago in civil and criminal defense cases and residents of Cook County in criminal records cases.