Pro Bono News
Law Students Partner with Neota Logic on Criminal Records Expunction App (NC)
Thursday, October 11, 2018
- Campbell University
Law Students Partner with Neota Logic on Criminal Records Expunction App
"RALEIGH – Campbell Law students are working with Neota Logic to develop an app specifically for the Blanchard Community Law Clinic to aid in the recent increase in criminal record expunction requests — more evidence the law school is blazing trails in legal technology.
In December 2017, North Carolina implemented drastic changes in its expunction law, to include reducing the misdemeanor convictions wait period from 15 years to five years; the felony convictions wait period from 15 years to 10 years; and eliminating a limit on the number of dismissals that can be expunged.
This change has resulted in a significant increase in the number of residents seeking help through the clinic and other providers such as Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC), explained Ashley Campbell, director of the law school’s Blanchard Community Law Clinic.
The new application is the brainchild of Adjunct Professor Tom Brooke, who saw the opportunity to marry technology with this growing legal need with the help of some creative law students.
A partner in Brooke & Brooke Law in China Grove, North Carolina, Brooke is a 1980 Campbell Law graduate and current chair of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)’s Committee on the Future of Law. He’s also the founder of N.C. Legal Hackers and an experienced software developer with a background in developing web-based applications for the legal community among others..."