MLRI: CORI: Basics of the Criminal Justice Reform Law

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Trainings

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    Product Description

    This seminar provides an overview of criminal offender record information (CORI) laws as related to employment, driver licenses, housing, and other collateral consequences. Topics include: how to get CORI reports; sealing and expungement of adult and juvenile cases; chapter 151B anti-discrimination provisions; negligent hiring protections for employers and landlords, and other provisions.

    Massachusetts keeps “CORI” on every individual who has a criminal case in a Massachusetts state court. CORI is recorded and kept on file even if the underlying case is ultimately dismissed or the accused is found not guilty. CORI is used in screening processes by employers, landlords, government agencies, and others. Clients with criminal records face barriers to employment, housing, benefits and other opportunities for economic stability. This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about the new law or get a refresher course on the basics of CORI.


    MCLE, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and other Massachusets legal services programs collaborate to provide annual basic public benefits advocacy training events for the many public and private sector lawyers and community advocates who assist Massachusetts residents to qualify for and receive public benefits. Detailed materials are distributed electronically for all trainings.

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    Agenda & Materials

    • 9:30 am – 9:31 am

      Welcome and Introduction

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      Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
    • 9:31 am – 10:12 am

      CORI and the Dept. of Criminal Justice Information Services

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      What is CORI and overview of the CORI system • New regulations, notarization, and COVID-19 • Who can get access to CORI • Levels of CORI access • Correcting CORI errors and other CORI issues
    • 10:12 am – 10:48 am

      Discrimination and Employment Related CORI

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      Chapter 151B protections and limits on use of CORI • Job applications and Interviews • Discrimination claims • Other Issues
    • 10:48 am – 11:03 am

      Sealing Records through the Commissioner of Probation

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      Immigrant issues and other considerations before sealing • G.L. c. 276 §. 100A waiting periods and requirements to seal cases • Sex offenses and other exclusions • Rights after sealing
      Ventura Dennis, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
    • 11:03 am – 11:31 pm

      Sealing Records in Court

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      What cases can be sealed by a judge • Venue, procedures, COVID Related Zoom hearings • Legal Standard for sealing and the hearing process • SJC Pon case and case law
    • 11:31 am – 12:34 pm

      Adult and Juvenile Record Expungement

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      Misidentification and identity fraud • Marijuana and other decriminalized offenses • Cases related to errors of witness, police, or court staff • Special provisions for juveniles and under age 21 defendants • Rights and obligations after expungement FBI notifications and destruction of records
      Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
      Sean J. Casey, Esq., Massachusetts Probation Services , Boston
    • 12:34 pm – 12:40 pm


    • 12:40 pm – 1:10 pm

      Housing and CORI with Q&A

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      Exclusions and denials of housing based on CORI Advocacy to preserve housing for tenants
      Loren N. Forbes, Esq., Boston, City of/Law Department , Boston

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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.

  • Faculty


    Pauline Quirion, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston


    Sean J. Casey, Esq., Massachusetts Probation Services, Boston
    Ventura Dennis, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Loren N. Forbes, Esq., Boston, City of/Law Department, Boston