Pardon Me: Exploring the Harms of Criminal Records and Benefits of Executive Pardons

September 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

(As of 9/6/2023): RSVPs are full! Please reach out to with any inquiries.

Pennsylvanians with criminal records continue to experience prejudice and lost opportunities long, long after they’ve completed their sentences. While there have been many reforms over the past five years, there remain many obstacles to obtaining a pardon. The delays not only hurt the individuals, but also their families and their communities. Join the ACLU-PA in collaboration with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) at World Cafe Live for this event!

This program will include a viewing of the documentary short film, Pardon Me by Philadelphia filmmaker Shuja Moore. Renee Chenault-Fattah, executive director of PLSE, will also give opening remarks. A panel after the viewing will include:

  • Shuja Moore, filmmaker of Pardon Me
  • Evan Figueroa-Vargas, film participant
  • Antoinette Griffin, film participant
  • Solomon F. Worlds, staff attorney at ACLU-PA

Beverages and appetizers will be served. 

Lawyers attending the event will be eligible to receive 1.5 CLE credits (1 substantive & .5 ethics), hosted by PLSE

Please consider a gift to advance this work. Voluntary, tax-deductible contributions (here and at the event) will help Pardon Me be screened across the Commonwealth and support its 15-month Impact Campaign to enable more pardons, faster

A series of faces looking at a camera on a documentary poster.

A black and green logo from Faegre Drinker