About the RCP
- Presents community education presentations regarding expungement law in English
- Sponsors “Speed Screenings” where a large number of people can have one-on-one consultations regarding their situations
- Prepares petitions for clients on eligible cases in Santa Clara County by drafting the pleading and Declaration and assembling supporting documents,
- Follows necessary legal procedures (files petitions in court, serves them on parties)
- Helps clients prepare for their hearing through information from former clients and running a “moot court” hearing
- Presenta sesiones educativas para la comunidad acerca de como retirar antecedentes penales en Espanol
- Provides (with permission of the person involved) people affected by convictions on their record to testify for law-makers.
- Collects data to inform effective policy in the future.
Student assistant Anahi Beltran grew up in east San Jose and is the first in her family to attend college. She will graduate in Spring 2016 with a her BS in Justice Studies with a minor in Forensic Science. Based on her experience with the RCP, Anahi plans to attend law school in the future.
Anahi was raised by a single mother who worked three jobs to support her sister and her. Anahi herself began working when she was 10, going with family members to clean houses and giving her earnings to her family. Currently, in addition to attending school and working for the RCP, Anahi does security work for a high tech company, giving her perspective on law enforcement.
As a student assistant, Anahi is in charge of helping to organize and staff class workshops, community events, Speed Screening advice interview sessions, and related RCP program tasks.
Student assistant Nina Bernardini began working with the RCP in June 2015 after being a student in RCP courses. Currently a Justice Studies major planning to graduate Fall 2015, Nina started out as a nursing major. After taking criminal justice classes, Nina realized that her passion was in the legal field. She earned AA degrees in Paralegal Studies and Liberal Arts in 2007, and began working as a Legal Clerk for an employment law attorney. In 2015 she joined the RCP class where she has enjoyed helping with Speed Screenings and giving community education presentations on expungement law. Nina is considering going to law school so she can continue to help people in the future to learn about and use their legal rights.
Nishtha Jolly, former Program Coordinator, is now attending law school at Santa Clara School of Law. She spends some of her time between classes assisting with the database and analysis of RCP's work.
Attorney Subba (Shaun) Naidu, Jr. has worked on expungements with Peggy when he was a summer student at the Stanford Community Law Clinic in 2005. Shaun has supervised RCP students’ work and helped train students since being admitted to the bar in 2009. He is the author of many of the RCP's materials. He has a JD from University of Iowa Law School and a BA from UC Berkeley.
RCP Project Director attorney Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson has taught students to provide legal services to low-income clients since 1994, including 12 years of teaching Stanford and Santa Clara law students in community-based clinics. She began teaching at SJSU in 2007. She serves on the SJSU Pre-law committee, is highly rated for her teaching and the recipient of several awards, including Equity and Diversity Outstanding Faculty award, SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts (May 2011); Faculty Lecturer Award, SJSU Service Learning and Community Engagement (April 2012). Prior to teaching, Peggy was a legal services attorney for 10 years and clerked for a federal judge following UCLA Law School, where she earned her JD. She has a BA from Stanford University.
Mentor José Valle grew up in a single-parent low-income housing project in East San José. Without a positive male role model, José was vulnerable to the gangs and drugs that surrounded him, and dropped out of high school when he was 16. While at Elmwood Jail in 2006, José joined a recovery program, received his GED, and found inspiration at the Elmwood library in books about pre-Colombian and Chicano history.
Upon release, José continued his sobriety. José wrote for De-Bug and Street Low Magazine about Chicano history, current issues, and his life experiences. He co-hosted a community talk radio show, and founded Souleros Ball Revue, a nonprofit arts, music and cultural empowerment organization. José has been a case manager and gang intervention specialist at California Youth Outreach, a non-profit faith-based organization for gang-impacted youth and families.
The Record Clearance Project maintains a detailed database regarding its clients' demographics and conviction histories. The database -- removed of all identifying information -- has been the basis for research findings from SJSU Prof. Danielle Harris, Prof. Ericka Adams of North Central College in Illinois, and Prof. Elsa Chen of Santa Clara University.