Sullivan Sponsors BBA’s CORI Sealing Clinic
Boston, MA – Sullivan has announced that it will participate in the Boston Bar Association’s first-of-its kind project that will assist low-income clients in asking courts to seal their criminal records with the help of volunteer attorneys.
A CORI (short for Criminal Offender Record Information) report is the official log of any charges brought against someone by the Commonwealth. The CORI Act attempts to balance the public interest in having access to criminal records against the interest of personal privacy. Because a prior criminal record can be used by employers and landlords to deprive deserving people of employment, housing and educational opportunities, Massachusetts law permits those individuals to have their records "sealed" from public view by meeting certain legal requirements. The CORI Sealing Clinic will help those who lack the knowledge or expertise to undertake this process or cannot afford an attorney to help.
"We are very excited to partner with the BBA on the CORI Sealing Clinic," said Ojen Sirin, Director of Strategic Talent Management at Sullivan. "Providing legal services to people who would otherwise be unable to afford them is one of the cornerstones of our profession, and we look forward to taking part in this important initiative."
This project was made possible through collaboration with the private bar, legal services agencies, law schools and the court system. Sullivan is committed to staffing the clinic with volunteer attorneys during its pilot phase. The clinic, to be held at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston beginning in February, will assist low-income clients with retrieving copies of their CORI reports and administratively sealing their CORI when eligible.
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