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A Second Chance Keeps a Client on the Job

Raised in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco, this Second Chance client grew up in a household of eight children solely supported by his mother's income. Drug dealing became a way of life until fourteen years ago, when he was arrested and convicted for a drug-related incident. While in prison, he vowed to change his life and since his release over twelve years ago, he has not had any contact with the criminal justice system. A devoted husband and father, he supported his family by working as a doorman at a San Francisco bar for the past six years, where he was described as an "exemplary staff member." As a result of a new licensing requirement, he lost his job because his application was denied due to the fourteen-year-old conviction. Through the Second Chance Legal Clinic, the client was matched with a pro bono attorney from Latham & Watkins. They appealed the license denial, and in September, the client received his license. With help from his attorney, the client has transformed this obstacle into a mere road bump, and he is now able to continue on his successful path.

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