Jesse Medina and Lisseth Castillo-Valencia have won the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for human rights work, awarded by SJSU’s Community Engagement Collaborative and Offices of the Provost and Undergraduate Studies. They received this recognition in an awards ceremony on April 26, 2013. Both are Justice Studies Department majors and advanced students in the SJSU Record Clearance Project.
Jesse Medina and Lisseth Castillo-Valencia have demonstrated outstanding commitment to providing free legal services to low-income members of the community. They each have logged more than double the number of hours required for their internship. Their work stood out when one of their client’s cases required novel legal research that had not been done around the state. Jesse and Lisseth prepared a legal memo of state-wide importance as to when clients who owe fees can proceed with expungement cases. Lisseth and Jesse have excelled in making community education presentations on expungement law and procedure, interviewing clients, writing court petitions for clients, preparing clients for their court hearings, teaching JS 140 classes and mentoring new Record Clearance Project students. Their exemplary service to others makes them invaluable as student leaders.