Rising Scholars Declarations

Step 2: Writing Your Declaration
& Gathering Letters of Support

If you received an email notice from The Access Project that you need to submit a “declaration” for your clean slate petitions, read on! This page will explain what you need to do and give you options for getting help.

If you did not hear from us that you need a declaration, you can skip this step.

Preparing your Declaration for Court

Some clean slate remedies are “mandatory,” meaning that the law says you are automatically entitled to what you are asking for.  Most cases are “discretionary,” meaning that the judge needs to look at evidence to decide whether to grant your request.

So, legally, a declaration is the evidence that the judge uses to decide whether to grant a petition for expungement.  But really, it’s just a way for you to tell your story to the judge, showing the person you are beyond what your RAP sheet says.

You can get started on your declaration by answering the questions in this form

Sample Personal Statements

Below are several samples for you to review.  The “generic” sample is a template that you can follow. The others are actual statements from successful Access Project Clients. Reading through these will help you see what you might want to include in your statement. Then move on to the questionnaire to get started on your own!  Complete the questionnaire by JULY 8.

Click the buttons below to view the sample personal statements.

If you need help, please schedule an appointment for office hours.