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Expungement Clinic Wrap-Up

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) sponsored an Expungement Clinic at the Glen Burnie Regional Library on September 27, 2016 in the evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.  There were 4 volunteer attorneys who were able to help 16 people complete expungement petitions for filing.  Matthew Stubenberg of MVLS coordinated the program. Matthew is known for developing, an APP that can determine if a case is eligible for expungement and then populate the form with the information needed for filing.

More information on expungement can be found on the library’s FAQs wiki page under “expungement.”  The page provides access to the Judiciary’s Access to Justice Department’s self-help video on expungement with tip sheet, articles on the Maryland People’s Law Library of Maryland, and the brochure published by the District Court of Maryland “Information About Removing Criminal Records from Public Access in Maryland” and many more resources.

The referral section contains  links to clinics and APPS that can help with expungement of criminal records.

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New Maryland Laws in Effect Today, October 1, 2016

The 2016 supplement to the Maryland Code has arrived in the law library reflecting the more than 300 laws that will go into effect today. “Noah’s Law”  or the Drunk Driving Reduction Act of 2016 is mentioned in most news stories on the new laws. “Noah’s Law”(SB945/CH512) requires “the Motor Vehicle Administration to require a person who is convicted of specified offenses relating to driving under the influence of alcohol to participate in the Ignition Interlock System Program for specified periods of time….” Now the first offense rather than the second will require use of the device.

The Justice Reinvestment Act (SB1005/CH515) creates the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Board and makes changes that relate to sentencing, criminal penalties, and inmate rehabilitation. One of the many changes pertains to expungement. New code section 10-110 of the Criminal Procedure Article will allow for the expungement of certain misdemeanors after 10 years. However, this and most of the provisions will not take effect until next October 1, 2017.

SB771/CH579 puts restrictions on certain consumer debt collection actions including  “that certain actions may not revive or extend a certain statute of limitation and  prohibiting a debt buyer or a certain collector from initiating a certain consumer debt collection action unless the debt buyer or the collector possesses certain documents.”

The provision that there be corroborating witness in a divorce action as states in section 7-101 of the Family Law Article was removed per SB359/CH379 and HB274/CH380.  The disability of a parent in a child custody action was addressed by SB765/CH423. It states that “in any custody or visitation proceeding, the disability of a party is relevant only to the extent that the court finds, based on evidence in the record, that the disability affects the best interest of the child; requiring in a specified custody or visitation proceeding, the party alleging that the disability of the other party affects the best interest of the child to bear a specified burden of proof…”

For a detailed summary of the laws passed by the 2016 session see the 90 Day Report:  A Review of the 2016 Session prepared by the Department of Legislative Services or check out the article in the Baltimore Sun today, “New Maryland laws go into effect today.”




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Upcoming Expungement Clinic

The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is hosting a FREE Expungement Clinic next week at Maryland City at Russett Community Library. Volunteer attorneys will provide FREE legal assistance and information concerning the expungement of criminal records. No registration or appointments necessary; legal services are provided on a first come, first serve basis.

When? Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Where? Maryland City at Russett Community Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel, MD 20724

For more information about the FREE clinic, please contact the Law Library at (410) 222-1387. You can also reach us via email at or via fax at (410) 268-9762.

To learn more about expungement, check out these articles on the Maryland People’s Law Library, our wiki page and our past blog posts! The MDexpungement app is a great tool to help expunge your records. In addition, the Maryland Courts website includes information on how to expunge your records.

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JustAdvice – Expungement

UPDATE: The JustAdvice Clinic has completed its spring session and is CLOSED until this fall. Stay tuned for updates!

Expungement was one of the most asked about issues during last month’s Homeless Resource Day, and it remains hot topic at the local, state and national levels. Check out this article on the Wall Street Journal Blog.

If you are looking for brief advice and assistance on how to expunge your criminal record, law students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law may be able to assist you through the JustAdvice Clinic, a project of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Clinical Program. JustAdvice has provided over 2,600 Maryland residents with low-cost legal consultations since June 2009.

Appointments are highly encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome, but note that walk-ins will not be accepted in the final hour of the session. For example, if the session ends at 3:00 p.m., a walk-in must arrive prior to 2:00 p.m. To make an appointment and for information about upcoming session dates, times and locations, check out JustAdvice’s website at You can also contact them via telephone at 410-929-4809 or email at

Don’t forget that you will need to bring a copy of your Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Report to your session with the JustAdvice law student.*

 For more information about expungement and other resources and referrals, check out our wiki page on expungement or contact us!

*Information about how to obtain a Criminal Justice Information System Report is available here.