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Matthew Stubenberg

Matthew Stubenberg

Matthew Stubenberg

IT Director
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Matthew Stubenberg’s work shows what’s possible when law and technology are blended. Stubenberg created MDexpungement.com, which has been used to help residents expunge more than 10,000 criminal cases.

The website has turned a process that usually took 30 minutes to one that now takes less than one minute. It operates by using a given case number, pulling the information about that case from the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website, determining if the case can be expunged based on several factors, and then automatically filling out the forms.

“The website has helped thousands of people, and more importantly, has pushed people to think about other legal areas that could benefit from technology,” Stubenberg said.

Stubenberg’s day job is to provide legal services to low-income clients through the nonprofit, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. He has organized numerous expungement clinics for clients and others, and trained more than 100 attorneys on expungement law. Before starting law school, he taught computer lessons at a homeless shelter.

This path of law and technology has been a good one for his career, Stubenberg said, and he wants to continue on it by creating additional software to help low-income clients.

“Where a good attorney can only help a certain amount of people per day, a good piece of software can help thousands of people a day,” he said.

Stubenberg is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Additionally, he sits on the Maryland State Bar Association’s technology subcommittee.