On May 9, 2015, OneJustice's "Justice Bus Project" was in Stockton with six Stanford Law School students to deliver legal services to veterans.The students, Desley Horton, Jeffrey Lash, Ju-Ching Huang, Amy Tannenbaum, Carl Hudson, and Viveca Fallenius, met with 20 veterans who needed help with expunging their criminal records.Supervising the law students were local attorneys Leah Gillis and Adam Grace and attorneys Sarah Williams and Pat Kaspar with Rubicon Legal Services.Each attorney spent approximately 90 minutes with each client.
OneJustice, the nonprofit organization that organizes the "Justice Bus Project," describes it as taking "teams of attorney and law student volunteers from urban areas to set up free legal clinics for low-income Californians living in rural and isolated communities."1For May's Justice Bus event, OneJustice partnered with the San Joaquin County Bar Association, San Joaquin County Public Defender's office, and Rubicon.2
"I came to today's event to get my record expunged so I can better provide for my family," said one veteran."The volunteers and supervisors were very knowledgeable [about] the laws and the paperwork I needed to fill out.I am no longer the man my RAP sheet says."
Another added, "I really enjoyed [getting] the help that I have been waiting and praying for.… The [volunteers] really care and take their time to help others excel in life.It makes me feel good knowing there are still people in the world to help others."
This was the second time the Justice Bus has been to Stockton.It was also here in November 2014, and will return on July 20, 2015 for another clinic and again in the fall for a probate clinic for veterans.To learn more about OneJustice's Justice Bus program, go to: http://www.one-justice.org/JusticeBus.Those interested in volunteering for a Stockton clinic are asked to contact Rebekah Burr-Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 OneJustice, http://www.one-justice.org/JusticeBus.