COVID-19 Precautionary Measures at MCLE


To observe recommended social distancing measures in response to the current public health crisis, MCLE programs will be presented only via webcast through August. Circumstances permitting, in-person programming will resume after Labor Day.
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MLRI: Immigrants and Public Benefits

  • Product Number: 2200104WBC
  • CLE Credits, earn up to:
    5.5 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits CLE Credit Note
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    Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program has been rescheduled and is now available online only as a live or recorded webcast.

    This all-day training offers the nuts-and-bolts on how immigration status affects eligibility for benefits for non-citizen immigrants and refugees. The trainers include both immigration lawyers and legal experts in different public benefit programs.  It will cover basic information about immigrants in Massachusetts, how immigration status affects public benefits in general and an overview of the most commonly seen types of immigration status and documents. It will include the latest information about the “public charge” rule that changes how certain benefits are treated for immigration purposes. Participants will hear from experts on the immigrant eligibility rules in specific programs including the TAFDC, EAEDC and SSI cash assistance programs; the SNAP (food stamps) program;  MassHealth and other subsidized health programs; state and federal subsidized housing programs; and EA shelter. There will also be a panel to review immigrant eligibility for new benefits available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.

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    Patricia J. Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Deirdre M. Giblin, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Judith Liben, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Naomi A. Meyer, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Mario Paredes, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
    Victoria Pulos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston