Attorney Birckhead recently represented someone whose last conviction was over a decade ago.  Although he had accumulated 25 prior convictions over the course of 20 years, the majority were for misdemeanors, and he had successfully completed terms of probation.  As the client candidly explained in his pardon application, drug addiction was the cause of much of his criminal behavior, although he took full responsibility for it and felt remorse for the choices he had made.

During her representation, Attorney Birckhead met numerous times with the client, organized his application materials, uploaded them to the Pardon Portal, served as the liaison with the officer handling the application, prepared the client for the hearing before the Pardon Board, and spoke on his behalf during the hearing. 

During her presentation to the Board, Attorney Birckhead focused on the educational and professional success that the client had attained in recent years, and she emphasized that he had always made it a priority to give back to the community in the form of volunteer work.

In short, the client had demonstrated that despite a serious drug addiction and many encounters with law enforcement and the courts, he was rehabilitated: clean, sober, employed, happily married, a home-owner, and a tax payer.  

His final hurdle was to become someone with NO CRIMINAL RECORD.

In the client's own remarks to the Board he expressed his gratitude for the support and assistance of Attorney Birckhead and was ecstatic upon hearing that same day that his pardon application had been approved,

Court: The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles

Tamar Birckhead

Tamar R. Birckhead graduated with honors from Yale University and Harvard Law School.  After a decade as a public defender in Massachusetts, she taught criminal and juvenile defense as a tenured law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law where she also served a...