The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is a non-profit organization established in 2014 to promote public engagement on the myriad issues raised by the collateral consequences of arrest or conviction. Collateral consequences are the legal restrictions and societal stigma that burden people with a criminal record long after their criminal case is closed. The Center provides news and commentary about this dynamic area of the law, and a variety of research and practice materials aimed at legal and policy advocates, courts, scholars, lawmakers, and those most directly affected by criminal justice involvement.
Through our Restoration of Rights Project (RRP) we describe and analyze the various laws and practices relating to criminal record relief in each U.S. jurisdiction. In addition to these state-by-state profiles, a series of 50-state comparison charts and periodic reports on new enactments make it possible to see national patterns and emerging trends in official efforts to mitigate the adverse impact of a criminal record. We have recently begun consulting in support of state law reform efforts, and in 2019 led a successful effort to develop a model law on access to and use of non-conviction records. In addition, we participate in court cases challenging specific collateral consequences, and engage with social media and journalists on these issues.
We welcome tips about relevant current developments—including judicial decisions and new legislation—as well as proposals for projects on topics related to collateral consequences and criminal records, and encourage submission of analytical pieces for posting on the CCRC website. Contact us here.
Board of Directors:
Gabriel “Jack” Chin – Professor of Law at the UC Davis School of Law, Jack is one of the leading academic authorities on collateral consequences. He served as reporter for the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act, and the ABA Standards on Collateral Sanctions and Discretionary Disqualification.
Nora V. Demleitner – Nora is the Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, and served as the Dean of W&L Law from 2012-2015. She has been writing about collateral consequences for more than 20 years, and is particularly interested in how the U.S. compares to European countries where criminal records issues are concerned.
Margaret Colgate Love – Former U.S. Pardon Attorney, Margy represents applicants for executive clemency in her private practice in Washington, D.C. She is lead co-author of Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy & Practice (NACDL/West, 3rd ed. 2018-2019), and created and regularly updates the Restoration of Rights Project database.
John Rubin – John is Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina School of Government, where he teaches criminal law and is the director of indigent defense education. He is the co-creator of North Carolina’s Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool (C-CAT) and author of the online guide Relief from a Criminal Conviction in North Carolina.
Kate Stith – Kate is the Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where her teaching and research focus on criminal law and structural constitutional law. She is the author of Defining Federal Crimes (2d ed., 2018, with D. Richman) and Fear of Judging (1998, with J. Cabranes) and many articles on criminal sentencing and related areas. Kate previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Judy Whiting – Judy is General Counsel at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), where among other responsibilities she directs the CSS Legal Department whose sole focus is reentry-related litigation, legislative and policy advocacy and direct client services. Her work is informed by experience as a civil legal services attorney and public defender.
Board of Advisers:
Roberta “Toni” Meyers – As Director of the Legal Action Center’s National HIRE Network, Toni works directly with policymakers and advocates to reform laws and practices that limit employment opportunities for people with criminal histories. She also provides technical assistance on the policies associated with LAC’s report, After Prison: Roadblocks to Reentry (2004/2009). A resident of Georgia, she is a co-founder of the New Southern Strategy Coalition.
Sala Udin – Sala is a former Freedom Rider in the Mississippi Delta and current civil rights activist and community organizer in Pittsburgh. Following a federal conviction in 1970 for transporting a rifle across state lines (for which he received a presidential pardon in 2016), Sala went on to serve on the Pittsburgh City Council for 11 years, as President of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership (Pittsburgh), and as co-founder of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. He now serves as an elected member of the Pittsburgh school board.
Margaret Love, Executive Director and Editor.
David Schlussel, Deputy Director. Most recently, David was the CCRC fellow. Before that, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Carter at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. While attending law school at Berkeley, David represented clients in juvenile delinquency, school discipline, and clean slate proceedings as a clinical student for the East Bay Community Law Center. He also interned at public defender offices, taught outreach courses in Juvenile Hall, and wrote a law review note on marijuana, race, and collateral consequences. David has been interested in inequities in the criminal justice system since college, when he volunteered as a GED tutor at the New Haven jail.