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Our partners

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  • The PCC Paralegal Program and PCC Access and Reentry: The Directors of the CLEAR Clinic are the Faculty Department Co-Chair of the PCC Paralegal Program and the Director of Access and Reentry at PCC. The Paralegal Program is indispensable to the CLEAR Clinic, providing dedicated student and alumni volunteers and interns. Prior Paralegal Program legal clinic events laid the groundwork to obtain a grant from the City of Portland to institutionalize the CLEAR Clinic. The work of other Access and Reentry projects like “Opening Doors” has informed both the need in the PCC community for this work, and the direction that the Clinic takes to most holistically support participants.
  • PCC Dreamers Resource Center: The Dreamers Resource Center (DRC) refers PCC students and community members to the CLEAR Clinic for DACA legal assistance, “Know Your Rights” presentations, legal advice, limited immigration court forms assistance, and navigation to free deportation defense through Equity Corps attorneys. The DRC also has limited funding to provide financial assistance to PCC students for DACA filing fees.
  • PCC ABE/GED and PCC ESOL: The CLEAR Clinic partners with these and many other credit and non-credit academic programs to ensure that all Clinic participants know of the PCC educational resources available to help them meet their academic goals. Representatives from these programs provide materials about their programs to share with Clinic participants, and the CLEAR Clinic has a cross-referral system with these programs to provide holistic advocacy.
  • PCC Opportunity Center and PCC Career Pathways: The CLEAR Clinic partners with PCC’s career training programs to ensure that participants have access to the workforce education and skills training available through PCC to help them advance their careers and obtain living wage jobs. PCC’s career training programs can also refer PCC students to the CLEAR Clinic for legal services.
  • Record Sponge: The CLEAR Clinic uses Record Sponge, a volunteer-built web application that helps providers quickly analyze an individual’s criminal history to determine if they qualify to have their Oregon criminal records sealed, or expunged. Record Sponge is a collaboration between Code for PDX and Qiu-Qiu Law.
  • Innovation Law Lab/Equity Corps of Oregon: The CLEAR Clinic partners with Innovation Law Lab and Equity Corps of Oregon to ensure that all Clinic participants who are at risk of deportation are navigated to Equity Corps’ free legal defense resources. The PCC CLEAR Clinic also helps provide pro se forms assistance to Clinic participants who are eligible for Equity Corps deportation defense services.
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Criminal Justice Reform Clinic: The CLEAR Clinic partners with Lewis & Clark Law School to place law students in the Clinic to assist with all Clinic participants’ legal needs, and to help us expand the types of advocacy we are able to offer.
  • Metropolitan Public Defender Community Law Division: The CLEAR Clinic partners with MPD Community Law to host Legal Services day at least twice a year, waiving participants’ Multnomah County Court fines and fees in exchange for community service hours. MPD Community Law also helped the PCC Paralegal Program host its first expungement clinics, and helped Clinic workers learn Oregon expungement legal analysis.
  • North by Northeast Community Health Center: the CLEAR Clinic partners with North by Northeast Community Health Center to provide holistic support to Clinic participants. North by Northeast is the only medical clinic in Oregon devoted to Black health. They improve health outcomes and advance health equity by offering free primary care services and health education to the Black community in Portland.
  • Youth Rights and Justice Juvenile Expungement Clinic: The CLEAR Clinic assists with adult criminal record expungements, and we partner with Youth Rights and Justice’s juvenile expunction clinic, who can assist with expunging juvenile records. Fill out their intake form, and feel free to let us know if you have any questions about juvenile versus adult records.

PCC Paralegal students in the library