On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware acknowledged Bayard Director Charlene D. Davis for her role in establishing and implementing the Federal Re-Entry Legal Assistance Program. The Re-entry Legal Assistance Program provides legal services in civil matters for persons on supervised release following a term of imprisonment in a federal correctional facility, with particular attention to those persons participating in the Federal Re-entry Court Program.
The recognition occurred at a Federal Re-entry Court Graduation Ceremony at which Chief Judge Leonard Stark, Judge Sue L. Robinson and Judge Richard Andrews presided. Magistrate Judge Christopher Burke, who presides over the Federal Re-entry Court, presented Charlene with a plaque recognizing her contributions to the program. Bayard attorneys Evan Miller and Kara Swasey were also acknowledged for the services they have provided to the program.
The purpose of the Re-entry Legal Assistance Program is to assist those persons on supervised release with legal matters that pose a challenge to successful re-entry into the community. The services are provided by both legal interns from Widener University School of Law and lawyers from Bayard who supervise the interns’ activities. Professor Sydney Howell Barksdale, who supervises the intern program at Widener, was also acknowledged for her role during the ceremony.