Lawyer Brandyn Hicks works with a member of the Baltimore community to expunge or seal his record

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Hundreds of petitions filed at Johns Hopkins expungement clinic

Legal experts helped more than 100 members of the Baltimore community petition to have their records expunged

Pictured: Brandyn Hicks, associate general counsel for Johns Hopkins University, works with a member of the Baltimore community to file paperwork petitioning to have criminal offenses expunged from his record.

Nearly 275 petitions were prepared for more than 100 Baltimore community members hoping to have their criminal records expunged during a free clinic co-hosted by Johns Hopkins on May 22.

Community members met with representatives from Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Health Systems Law, Maryland Legal Aid, and partnering law firms including Lewis Brisbois and Gordon Feinblatt, LLC. These volunteers offered legal advice and prepared petitions for expungement on the client's behalf. Maryland Legal Aid covered more than $4,500 in fees for the clinic's clients. Other collaborators of the event were the Alliance of Black Woman Attorneys of Maryland Inc. and the Monumental City Bar Association.