The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office partnered earlier this year with the University of Kansas Legal Aid Clinic, Douglas County Legal Aid Society, and Kansas Legal Services to offer an Expungement Clinic that was held on Friday, February 22. The hard work of staff from the agencies and financial support from the Kansas Bar Foundation ensured the success of the clinic.
“For many years, expungements have been used to restore a citizen’s status in the community, said District Attorney Charles Branson. Branson went on to advise, “A lack of knowledge about the process and the cost associated with pursuing an expungement have historically prevented some people, especially those with limited means, from clearing their record. We are happy we could help our residents restore their community standing and to remove what could have been a roadblock to their goals.”
The Spring 2019 Expungement Clinic results are as follows.
- 45 expungements were granted.
- 1 expungement was continued to October 2019 to resolve a restitution issue.
- 20 applications, for various reasons, were ineligible to proceed with the expungement process.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office wants to offer our appreciation and thanks to the following partners that made the clinic a possibility.
KU Legal Aid Douglas County District Court
Melanie DeRousse The Honorable Peggy C. Kittel - Division Six and Chief Judge
Meredith Schnug Lucinda Bermudez - Administrative Assistant
KS Legal Services
Legal Aid Clinic Legal Interns KU Law Student Volunteers
Matthew Beal Quentin Aker
Paeten Denning David Biegel
Austin Jaspers Sarah DeBauche
Katy Kettler Dukgi Goh
Miranda Luster Saber Hossinei
Tabinda Naseer Andi Leuszler
Jessie Pringle Eric McMillin
Kyle Snyder Peter Semegen
Megan Tunget Conner Swanton
We also want to thank our own Senior Assistant District Attorney CJ Rieg who worked tirelessly on behalf of our office.
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