Contra Costa Reentry Project

The Contra Costa Reentry Project (CORE) assists the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender with its Clean Slate practice, which works to help remove the barriers that a prior conviction can present to employment, housing, public benefits, and family reunification. Students will assist attorneys and advocates with expungement, Proposition 47 relief, and Proposition 64 record clearance. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Research Prop 47 and Prop 64 applicants’ eligibility for reclassification or record clearance
  • Draft expungement applications and petitions
  • Communicate with incarcerated clients and returning citizens regarding required documentation and services provided
  • Compose legal memoranda on topics related to the office’s Clean Slate practice
  • Help coordinate provision of legal services at community outreach events and Clean Slate workshops
  • Attend attorney court appearances remotely

Supervision: Students in CORE provide legal services under the supervision of the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender. 

Time Commitment: Time commitment is 2-3 hours per week. Students can arrange to deviate from their set schedule or defer weeks if there is a conflict. If in-person classes resume in Spring, traveling to and from the office takes about 30 minutes each way. At minimum, students should commit to spending two hours in the office but can work longer depending on availability and interest.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at

We are grateful to our supporters:

Julie Hess
Loren S. Lewallen
David B. Oppenheimer
Select Equity Group, Inc.