Tolu Adewale is an assistant clinical professor in the Blanchard Community Law Clinic. The Community Law Clinic is located in downtown Raleigh, two blocks along Dawson Street from the Law School and two blocks along Martin Street from the Wake County Justice Center (criminal courthouse).
Students working under Adewale’s supervision provide free, high-quality legal services to low- and no-income clients in the areas of Driver’s License Restoration, Criminal Record Expunction, seeking Domestic Violence Protective Orders, and Residential Eviction Defense. Students have in-court litigation opportunities in Wake and nearby counties and may engage in motions practice statewide. Students also learn quotidian legal practice skills that are applicable to all areas of legal practice.
Adewale was previously a staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina (“LANC”). His work focused on using expunctions and related legal tools of relief to help people whose low-level criminal records (even dismissed charges) caused “collateral consequences,” or blocked them from jobs, housing, and other stabilizing opportunities. Mr. Adewale has obtained expunction relief for clients in jurisdictions across the state and has trained attorneys on these topics in CLEs and statewide conferences. While with LANC, Mr. Adewale regularly advised the NC Human Trafficking Commission on how expunctions for trafficking survivors can create stabilizing opportunities, thereby removing possible means of control by traffickers.
Mr. Adewale earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University.