Clinic was a suc­cess

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Tre­men­dous grat­i­tude and heart­felt thanks are ex­tended to the at­tor­neys and vol­un­teers who pro­vided free ser­vices and coun­sel­ing to Mary­land ci­ti­zens who at­tended the April 29 Free Ex­punge­ment Clinic, co-spon­sored by the Of­fice of Del. Edith Patterson, State of Mary­land Of­fice of the Pub­lic De­fender (Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert coun­ties) and the Mary­land Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

Over a four-hour span, the at­tor­neys and vol­un­teers worked tire­lessly to ac­com­mo­date 150-plus clients, gen­er­ated re­quests for the elim­i­na­tion of some fil­ing fees and pro­cessed 656 cases. At­tor­neys and vol­un­teers were not only from this area but also trav­elled from Bal­ti­more city, Wash­ing­ton, D.C.; Vir­ginia and Penn­syl­va­nia.

Spe­cial thanks are ex­tended to: Com­mis­sioner De­bra Davis (D), Michael Beach (pub­lic de­fender), Edie Cimino, Anna Barba, Erica Hawkins, Michele Hare­wood, Ma­lik Hare­wood, Olivia Barba, John Dun­lap, Alis­tair John­son, Abbey Thibeault, Luke Woods, Tre Ste­ger-Smith, Mary Denise Davis, Kait­lym Golden, Abram Shanedling, Der­rick John­son, Cindy Frezzo, Der­rick Ham­lin, An­dre Ma­hasa, Zain Shi­razi, Al­li­son Hel­druth, mem­bers of Job Op­por­tu­ni­ties Task Force — Caryn York and Nicole Han­son and lastly mem­bers of my staff — At­tor­ney Jac­que­line Parks and Chief of Staff Melinda Hamil­ton. This suc­cess­ful pro­gram rep­re­sented the col­lec­tive ef­forts of var­i­ous ad­vo­cacy groups, churches, com­mu­nity com­mu­ni­ca­tions/me­dia and pub­lic de­fender of­fices. As a re­sult of this clinic, it is hope­ful ci­ti­zens will have bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

Del. Edith J. Patterson (D-Charles), An­napo­lis

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