Join the Providers’ Council and Access to Justice Fellow and Attorney, Crispin Birnbaum, for a 90-minute Zoom training to learn about Massachusetts Criminal Records, Sealing and Expungement.
The training will offer an overview of the criminal records system in Massachusetts, including who has what level of access for background checks, and what rights clients have under the CORI laws. The second half of the training provides an overview of sealing and expungement of Massachusetts criminal records, with practical information for referring clients to free legal services.
During this session, staff with direct care duties will:
– Become more knowledgeable and confident when speaking to clients about the consequences of living with criminal records in the community;
– Learn to identify when and where to refer clients to address their criminal records via free legal services;
– Gain information to answer clients’ frequently asked criminal records questions.
Please note that this training is directed toward direct care staff, versus HR and administration.
Crispin Birnbaum worked for the Commonwealth for 34 years, including as the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Probation Service and the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. After retiring from the Commonwealth in 2018, she has worked as an Access to Justice Fellow focusing on assisting clients with criminal records in legal clinics, expanding free legal resources for clients with records and offering free trainings, such as this one, across the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Judicial Court honored Attorney Birnbaum with an Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for her criminal records work.