Anthony Ashton delivers pro bono legal counseling at community expungement event

Baxter Baker partner Anthony P. Ashton was asked to participate in a criminal record expungement event for persons with nonviolent and marijuana possession criminal records, hosted by cannabis operator Curaleaf on Feb. 7. Anthony is the Vice President of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), which connects low-income Marylanders with volunteer lawyers and community partners to deliver free civil legal assistance, including expungement of criminal records for eligible Maryland residents.

            The event, held inside the Liberty Village Projects, was the first one hosted by Curaleaf, and the organization hopes to host another in August. It aimed to “change the narrative of cannabis” by expunging the criminal records of more than 100 people charged in nonviolent marijuana crimes. Curaleaf asked attorneys familiar with expungement to participate to help attendees understand the context of their conviction and the process of expunging their records.

            Anthony is a civil litigator whose practice involves the representation of individuals and corporations in lawsuits involving contract disputes, real estate, torts, class actions, consumer protection statutes, shareholders’ rights and fiduciary duties of officers and directors.  He also represents and advises educational and religious institutions and their Boards. Anthony is a problem-solver who understands his clients’ businesses, working with each client’s individual goals to resolve issues and bring about their desired results. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Anthony was a teacher and guidance counselor in public and private schools. He prides himself on working well with persons from every walk of life and many and varied types of businesses.