Maryland law firms help expunge criminal records for Giving Tuesday

BALTIMORE (WMAR) - Law firms in Maryland teamed up for Giving Tuesday to help people expunge their criminal records. 

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Venable, a Baltimore law firm, set out to help 40 clients expunge 250 criminal record convictions so they can have easier access to jobs, houses, and time with their children. 

Both firms worked with the Helping Up Mission, which aims to help people who are overcoming poverty, homelessness, and addiction.

"Without the hope of the legal team, the expungement and the various ministries at the Helping Up Mission, I wouldn't have anything to look forward to. I wouldn't have any type of hope and they truly have given me a lot of hope," said Helping Up Mission client Jerome Paylor. 

The clinic was free to all Helping Up Mission clients.

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