Community Investment Series: CORI: What Nonprofits Need to Know to Help Their Clients


May 28, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am


Boston Private
10 Post
Boston, MA 02109

Community Investment Series Seminar with Lawyers ClearingHouse

This criminal records training is intended for nonprofits whose staff are involved with counseling or offering services in the community to individuals who may have criminal records. Note: This training is not designed to help advise nonprofits on their hiring practices. It is solely focused on organizations that assist clients with criminal records.

Presenter: Crispin Birnbaum is an Access to Justice Fellow who volunteers directly with clients in clinics run by the Lawyers Clearinghouse and Veterans Legal Services. She also offers a free training to nonprofits, government agencies, law school clinical programs, veterans groups, and law firms whose staff/students/pro bono attorneys have direct contact with people who may have criminal records. 


  • What exactly is a criminal record in Massachusetts? Who has the data? Who gets access to the data?  
  • How can a nonprofit help a client reduce the barriers posed by criminal records?
  • What can be done if a client of a nonprofit wishes to seal a CORI? What crimes can be sealed? What resources are available?
  • What rights do individuals with a sealed CORI have when they are applying for a job? housing?
  • What is the process for the new expungement laws for CORIs?
  • What are the concerns for an individual with a CORI who has an immigration issue?


Esther Schlorholtz
Senior Vice President
Director of Community Investment, Boston Private 

SPEAKERS: Crispin Birnbaum 

Access to Justice Fellow of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse and General Counsel of Probate Court (ret.)


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Breakfast & Networking
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM - Presentation

A buffett of pastries, fruit, juices, coffee and tea will be available.

Please RSVP by May 24, 2019. Space is limited. 
Registration is required for security clearance.
Please sign in with security on the 1st floor before 
proceeding to the seminar.

About the Lawyers Clearinghouse

The Lawyers Clearinghouse was founded in 1988 by the Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations to direct the pro bono resources of the private bar to fight homelessness and to assist nonprofit groups in Massachusetts. The Clearinghouse offers pro bono legal referral and legal workshops to nonprofit organizations or those seeking nonprofit status to further their goals. It also provides legal representation to guests of local homeless shelters. The Clearinghouse has served as the model used by bar sponsored pro bono groups throughout the country in establishing similar programs, including the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Maryland.

About Boston Private

Boston Private offers the Community Investment Series to support the work of partner organizations that contribute to the strength and vitality of our community. The Bank provides financing for the creation and preservation of affordable housing and economic development initiatives and supports job creation and social service efforts that benefit low- and moderate-income people and neighborhoods. The Bank participates through lending, investments and services including especially those that focus on affordable housing, small business, youth programs, domestic violence, homelessness, health, education, substance abuse, crime prevention, and job training. 

Registration deadline: 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Nonprofit Governance


Lawyers Clearing House & Boston Private