“I know that people can change their lives and I don’t like seeing people’s pasts hold them back from making positive changes for the future.” Brett Bauman, 3L
On September 14th, Attorney Pauline Quirion of Greater Boston Legal Services captivated an audience of nearly 40 students who will work with Benjamin Y. Jones, 3L and Professor Siegel this semester to help thousands of people seal their criminal records.
Left to right: Attorney Pauline Quirion, Professor David Siegel, Benjamin Y. JonesThe process of sealing one’s criminal record can be as simple as completing a form and mailing it to the Commissioner of Probation or it can be a complex legal proceeding requiring sworn affidavits and multiple courtroom hearings. Either way, students at New England Law | Boston are ready and eager to help. The importance of sealing one’s record cannot be understated. For many, having a record can prevent employment, jeopardize housing arrangements, or even prohibit the client from participating in their children’s school events.
The participants were as diverse as the clients they intend to serve, and had various reasons for wanting to join this worthwhile cause. Katie Brazel, 2L, enrolled in the Public Interest Clinic this semester, with the goal of earning a spot in the Criminal Procedure Clinic next year. Brandon Short, an undergraduate at Boston College has his sights set on a career in the law and came to learn more about CORI reform. Esther DeRosena, 2L, a Boston native, understands on a personal level how CORI issues affect our community and feels this is a great way to get involved.
Left to right: Brandon Short, Boston College; Avana Anderson, 1L; Esther DeRosena, 2L
Students will volunteer throughout the semester every Friday from 2-6pm at the CLSR. To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.