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Lucy Chin

  • Hosted by The Legal Revolution
  • Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP, U.S. Bank
  • Service location Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Law school University of Minnesota Law School
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2024
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Lucy’s (she/her) project, in partnership with The Legal Revolution, will focus on mitigating the impact of collateral consequences experienced by individuals with previous criminal-justice system involvement through direct representation, community education, policy reform, and impact litigation.

Supportive reentry infrastructure is known to reduce recidivism and financial resources that states invest in confinement. Meanwhile, the absence of such infrastructure excludes certain individuals from participating in and contributing to the fabric of their communities, even after completion of a prison sentence. In Minnesota, the current system subjects justice-impacted individuals to extreme scrutiny and bars them from accessing resources that would allow them to care for themselves and their families, creating intergenerational and community-wide negative impacts. The current system is particularly damaging to Minnesotans of colors because—as in the rest of the country—Black, Latinx, and American Indian individuals are significantly overrepresented throughout the state’s criminal-legal system.

Fellowship Plans

Lucy’s project will address these issues by providing holistic civil-legal services to justice-impacted individuals, ranging from expungement and clemency petitions to family, housing, and professional licensure matters. Lucy will also work in partnership with community organizations to facilitate community education and community practice spaces to identify areas for affirmative litigation and policy advocacy. Finally, Lucy’s project will incorporate publishing reports and articles, co-authored with justice-impacted individuals, to educate Minnesotans about their rights and the changing criminal-legal system landscape across the state.

Having seen how civil rights lawyers are able to work in lockstep with community organizers and impacted individuals to effect positive social change, I am motivated to use the platform provided by EJW to reimagine a criminal-legal system that truly prioritizes inclusion and rehabilitation, making Minnesota a more equitable state for all.

Lucy Chin /
2024 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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