By: -Maryann Sparelic, JS Student
During this semester, Record Clearance Project students have learned practical counseling and legal skills that allow us to readily assist community members in dismissing their convictions. This program teaches students how you can make a difference in someone’s life.
On Thursday, October 25, students enrolled in Js 140 and 141 had the pleasure to put these skills into practice at the Record Clearance Project’s speed screening.
The speed screening gave potential clients information regarding their convictions. Under the supervision of an attorney, students conducted one-on-one interviews, educating participants on the program offerings. Students instructed speed screening participants on which convictions were eligible for an expungement. The Individual then were told what steps to take in order to achieve a case dismissal.
I had the chance to interview two individuals who were both well-versed in record clearing options. They both tried to dismiss their convictions previously through the public defender’s office and probation department. To no avail, they both came across the Record Clearance Project through one of our community education presentations.
These individuals praised San Jose State students working on the Record Clearance Program and eagerly shared their past and present experiences. Speed screening participants hoped their convictions were eligible for San Jose State University’s Record Clearance representation.
Student participation is key for the program survival. Due to budget cuts, the program needs more students enrolled. The program is currently wait listed for community members and they cannot be served until more students become involved. Students can enroll in Js 140 and Js 141 to participate in the program. Js 141 fulfills Js internship requirement, Js 181.