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Christena Georgas-Burns

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Christena Georgas-Burns

Christena Georgas-Burns

Name of Host Organization: Nevada Legal Services
City, State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Issue area: Employment
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Nevada Legal Services

The Project

Directly represent clients seeking criminal record sealing, name changes, or gender marker changes. Teach community education classes on criminal record sealing and offer pleading completion clinics for pro se petitioners.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This project aims to address the needs of individuals to successfully seek employment or better employment, as well as open up educational opportunities for individuals to complete programs and qualify for jobs or promotions. It does this by providing individuals with access to the court and education on how to complete the process pro se or represented by an attorney.
The Right Person For This Project
Christena is the right person for the project because:
• She enjoys working with clients directly and as an educator to help eliminate barriers to the court
• She has experience working in record sealing and can apply the client counseling and clerical skills she developed previously to this current project
• Most importantly, she believes that individuals should have a chance to better their lives and should not be defined by their criminal record