With a focus on clearing criminal records, we expunge and seal Illinois arrests and convictions, we also prepare and argue Governor’s pardons for convictions that cannot be expunged or sealed.
For years, our team has successfully expunged and sealed numerous criminal records throughout the State of Illinois. We have also petitioned both Governors Blagojevich and Quinn for clemency, pardon and commutation of sentence and argued every petition before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. In fact, our client was recently granted an emergency commutation of sentence and released from prison because she was terminally ill.
We also practice criminal defense. Attorney Tamara Holder has won criminal cases and negotiated pleas in both misdemeanor and felony crimes, ranging from DUI’s to murder. Other practice areas include: discrimination, police brutality, and personal injury.
Attorney Holder understands how a criminal record can limit your employment opportunities.She was the first in the country to expose the railroad industry’s improper employment practices toward those with criminal records. She spearheaded a Congressional inquiry and a hearing before the Congressional Committee of Homeland Security and also testified as an expert witness before the Congressional Committee of Transportation, Sub-Committee of Maritime and Infrastructure. Her testimony was crucial to preventing passage of an invasive, anti-worker, anti-business piece of legislation.
Attorney Holder created a pro bono expungement clinic at Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s The Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters in Chicago that provided free legal advice and educated the public about the importance of clearing their criminal background.
Attorney Holder has met with Illinois Governors Pat Quinn and Rod Blagojevich on the issue of pardons. She has met with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on criminal sentencing and expungement laws. She has worked with many local and national political leaders, such as Congressmen John Conyers and Bennie Thompson, on the issue of employment for those with criminal records.
Attorney Holder is a legal and political contributor for FOX News Channel. She previously wrote for The Huffington Post and The Daily Caller.
Attorney Holder sits on several advisory boards: Women of Power (an organization that helps women overcome incarceration and abuse), Horizon Prison Ministries (a organization that builds faith and character-based residential programs in prisons), and Leo High School (an all-male, college-prep Catholic school in Chicago with a 100% graduation rate).