Erica N. Briant

  • Hosted by Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Issue area Criminal Records Relief, Employment
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Erica provided legal assistance to low-income individuals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties experiencing legal barriers to employment, including direct representation for expungements and outreach to organizations serving unemployed and underemployed individuals.

Having seen how past interactions with law enforcement impacted clients in the family law, immigration, public benefits and civil rights contexts, Erica was happy to be able to use the law to free clients from the collateral consequences of having a criminal record through the expungement process.

Erica’s experience as a community organizer and Peace Corps Volunteer before law school taught her to listen to her clients, think creatively, build coalitions, and work cross-culturally.

Next Steps

Following her Fellowship, Erica remained on staff at the Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP). She is currently a supervising attorney of the community engagement unit at LASP.

Media

My Impact: A Conversation with 2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow Erica N. Briant

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