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Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson

Director SJSU Record Clearance Project

San Jose State University


Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson began teaching Courts and Society in 2007. She developed the Record Clearance Project as a way to give undergraduate students hands-on experience with the law and the court system. The project is now a sequence of three-unit courses engaging students in assisting clients with clearing their records and learning about their rights. In 2016, Stevenson began teaching the basic expungement course to students in custody who earn college credit for their work. Before working with undergraduates, for 12 years Stevenson taught students at Stanford and Santa Clara law schools to provide legal assistance to low-income communities. Stevenson was the executive director of two clinical programs and brought innovative approaches to teaching students to meet clients’ legal needs. She helped launch the East Palo Alto Youth Court and developed legal advice clinics for the Watsonville Law Center. She has prepared training materials for undergraduate volunteers with the Santa Clara County Superior Court’s self-help center and for other students, and legal rights materials for clients. Stevenson has worked in the record clearance field since 2005; her prior substantive work was regarding employment rights of low-wage workers. She is the author of Expungement: A Gateway to Work.

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