School Faculty Members Consult on Criminal Records Clearance

Faculty member John Rubin served as advisor in 2017 during the creation of the Clean Slate Clearinghouse <>, an online resource providing access to state statutory information related to criminal record clearance policies in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  The Clearinghouse is designed for people with criminal records, reentry and workforce agencies, legal service providers, and policymakers.

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, launched the new site to help support juvenile and adult criminal record clearance around the country.  Rubin serves on an advisory board of 32 legal professionals who bring their expertise to bear on criminal record clearance processes and will serve on the research and data subcommittee for the Clearinghouse in 2018.

Also in 2017, faculty member Jessica Smith was appointed to the Expunction Working Group of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. The Expunction Working Group will focus on further possible expunction reforms and other ways to assist those affected by a criminal record.  The working group is chaired by Rep. Chuck McGrady and Sen. Tamara Barringer. Smith is participating as a member of the working group at the request of Chief Justice Mark Martin.  

In November 2005, preceding his retirement from the bench, Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, by order of the state Supreme Court, established the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, making North Carolina the 19th state to establish such an entity. The mission of the commission is to expand access to civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means in North Carolina.