Matthew Stubenberg

Who Am I?


My name is Matthew Stubenberg. I'm an attorney and a coder working to build access to justice legal technology. I graduated from Maryland Law School in 2013 and realized the legal technology sector was primed to take off.

The legal field is ripe for innovation. We are at a key inflection point where much of the legal information people rely on is being digitized. This digitization allows for algorithms and efficiency gains that were previously impossible. It is a very exciting time to be in the legal technology field.

Projects

Criminal records hold back millions of people every year. The process to get rid of that record is called "Expungement". MDExpungement automates the expungement process in Maryland. Type in your case number and and MDExpungement will use a web scraper to pull the information from Maryland Judiciary Case Search. That information is sent through an algorithm to determine if the case is likely eligible for expungement. If the case is eligible the forms are automatically populated. The website is free to use and has been used to populate expungement forms for more than 100,000 cases.

The Client Legal Utility Engine aka "CLUE" scrapes Maryland Judiciary Case Search. The program was built while I was the IT Director at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). The program has scraped millions of cases from Case Search. This data has been used to do lots of interesting things from looking at gun cases in Baltimore to tracking bail decisions.

The Case Search Extender increases the amount of time you can spend on Maryland Judiciary Case Search before it times you out and sends you to the terms of use page. The extension works by keeping your session cookie active by refreshing it every minute.

The not guilty app was my first foray into legal technology. The app allowed law clerks and lawyers to better navigate Maryland courthouses. It was created for both iPhone and Android. Unfortunately, it is no longer available as it became too time consuming to keep track of the changing courtrooms.

When virtual reality made a comeback in 2016, I immediately wanted to find a way to use it to help access to justice. I settled on mock court hearings filmed with a 360 camera. The videos focused on courtroom procedures some pro bono attorneys struggle with. These videos were made in collaboration with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. All the videos are on YouTube.

Skills


  • Django
  • Python
  • Bootstrap
  • Expungement
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • HTML/CSS/JavaScript
  • Chrome Extension Development
  • Legal Research
  • Randomized Controlled Trials

Education


2013 - Maryland Law School - Juris Doctor

2009 - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - B.A. Political Science