John Marshall teams with Cook County Sheriff, others to expunge juvenile criminal records

As published in Yahoo Finance 


Juvenile Expungement Project Supervisor Kelly Burden Lindstrom advises a client during John Marshall’s first Juvenile Expungement Summit.

A juvenile record can be a significant barrier to employment, financial aid, housing and other opportunities. Yet few people eligible for expungement in Cook County request to clear those potentially damaging youth records. The John Marshall Law School is helping people to erase the youthful mistakes that can plague a person’s future.

John Marshall’s Pro Bono Program & Clinic and Restorative Justice Project hosted the law school’s first Cook County Juvenile Justice Expungement Summit on Nov. 5.

During the summit, John Marshall law students and staff lawyers worked with officials from Cook County Juvenile Court Probation to help complete expungement requests from individuals with juvenile criminal records. Kelly Burden Lindstrom, supervisor of the Juvenile Expungement Project, estimates John Marshall provided expungement services to about 40 people through the summit.

John Marshall partnered with WestCare Foundation and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on the program.

Clients submitted their case information to John Marshall ahead of the Nov. 5 program. Those clients then met with John Marshall law students and staff already briefed on their cases and discussed the next steps in securing an expungement.