Peggy Stevenson, J.D.

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MacQuarrie Hall 521

408.924.2758

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Email: margaret.stevenson@sjsu.edu 

Record Clearance Project Email: expunge@sjsu.edu

 


PROFESSOR BIO

Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson began teaching Courts and Society at San Jose State University in Fall 2007. She developed the Record Clearance Project as a class project to give students hands-on experience with the law and the court system.  For 12 years before that, Stevenson taught students at Stanford and Santa Clara law schools to provide legal assistance to low-income communities, primarily focusing on employment issues facing low-wage workers. During that time, she was the Executive Director of two clinical programs and brought innovative approaches to teaching students to meet clients’ legal needs.

Stevenson has done part-time and consulting work for the National Employment Law Project’s Second Chance Labor Project involving employment issues that people with convictions face; she helped launch the East Palo Alto Youth Court; she prepared training materials for undergraduate volunteers with the Santa Clara County Superior Court’s self-help center; she helped develop legal advice clinics for the Watsonville Law Center, among other projects.

Prior to teaching, Stevenson was a legal services attorney for 10 years in California, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  She worked on a range of poverty law issues, including employment, housing, immigration, consumer, health and other matters.   She has written numerous training materials for students and legal rights materials for clients.

Stevenson received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her JD from UCLA School of Law.  She clerked for a federal judge after graduating from law school.  She speaks and writes fluent Spanish.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Courts and Society; Record Clearance Project and consequences of clearing criminal convictions; Experiential and service learning; Provision of legal services to low-income communities; Low-wage and immigrant workers’ rights; Judges and judging; Restorative justice.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Helping Clients Clear Criminal Records,” 50-page manual and attachments.

“What Every Worker Should Know: Your Rights as an Employee” (editor of publication and author of several sections), Santa Clara County
“Your Right to Overtime and Minimum Wage,” East San Jose Community Law Center
“Preventing Workplace Injuries,” East San Jose Community Law Center
“Lead Poisoning: What It Is and What You Can Do About It” Legal Services of New Jersey

Training materials on interviewing, giving community education presentations, legal interpreting, and topics related to providing legal services to low-income communities.