Arcola A. Whatley



Director, Pardon, Clemency and Expungement Clinic

Office: LB 64

p. (216) 687-2344 
f. (216) 687-9297




 B.A. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (Political Science and Psychology), 2006

J.D. Thomas Cooley Law School, Western Michigan University, Lansing, Michigan, 2010

Brief Bio:

Arcola A. Whatley is Director of the Pardon, Clemency, and Expungement Clinic and teaches that experiential in coordination with and funded by grants from the Ohio Governors Expedited Pardon Program and Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry. Ms. Whatley has broad experience in public interest and civil litigation law as an Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and as an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland. Most recently, Ms. Whatley taught the Reentry Clinic and the First Amendment and Media Law practicum at Case Western Reserve University’s Kramer Law Clinic. As an advocate for vulnerable populations in the greater Cleveland area, Ms. Whatley has appeared before the Eighth District Court of Appeals, successfully arguing that trial judges must state on the record their reason for denying a petitioner a Certificate of Qualification for Employment. Whatley previously served as the Chair for the Government Attorney Section of the CMBA and is licensed in both Maryland and U.S. Tax Court. She is a past recipient of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellowship.


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