About Us

The Collateral Consequences Resource Center is a non-profit organization established in 2014 to promote public discussion of the collateral consequences of conviction, the legal restrictions and social stigma that burden people with a criminal record long after their court-imposed sentence has been served.   We provide news and commentary about this dynamic area of the law, practice and advocacy resources, and information about how to obtain relief from collateral consequences in different jurisdictions.  The Center has drafted reports on new legislative developments, and participated in court cases challenging specific collateral consequences.

The Center website is aimed at lawyers and other criminal justice practitioners, courts, scholars and researchers, policymakers and legislators, as well as those most directly affected by the consequences of conviction.  We welcome tips about relevant current developments, including judicial decisions and new legislation, as well as proposals for blog posts on topics related to collateral consequences and criminal records.  In addition, Center board members and staff are available to advise in connection with efforts to reform policies and practices relating to collateral consequences and criminal records.

In 2017, the Center was engaged by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center to restructure and update the National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. We have also developed a number of jurisdiction-specific compilations of collateral consequences at the request of state officials.

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Board of Directors: 

Richard T. CassidyA lawyer in private practice in Vermont specializing in employment law, Rich is President of the Uniform Law Commission and chaired the Drafting Committee of the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act.  He was instrumental in securing passage of the Uniform Act in Vermont in the spring of 2014.

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.

Eliza Hersh – Eliza is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Law School’s Center for the Study of Law & Society. From 2006 to 2016, Eliza was a supervising attorney and clinical instructor at the East Bay Community Law Center, a teaching clinic of Berkeley Law School. At EBCLC Eliza directed the Clean Slate Reentry Legal Services Clinic, which helps people overcome barriers to housing, employment, and civic engagement following contact with the criminal justice system.

Margaret Colgate Love – Former U.S. Pardon Attorney, Margy represents applicants for executive clemency in her private practice in Washington, D.C.  An author of Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction: Law, Policy & Practice (NACDL/West, 2d ed. 2016), she created and regularly updates the Restoration of Rights Resource. 

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.

Michael TobinDeputy Public Defender for the State of Wisconsin, where he has been engaged in law reform activities for more than 30 years. Mike understands how important collateral consequences are to a defense lawyer’s practice, and he has compiled comprehensive on-line practice materials linking consequences to triggering criminal offenses under state law.

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.  


 

Staff: 

Margaret Love, Executive Director and Editor.

Joshua Gaines, Deputy Director – Josh is a North Carolina-based attorney. After graduating from the Washington College of Law in 2012, he worked on the NIJ National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC).  He deserves much of the credit for developing the Center website.

Aaron Gorrell of Waterhole Justice Consulting serves as technical adviser to the Center.  He developed the original NICCC website, and is engaged in many NIJ-funded projects for law enforcement agencies.