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The CORI Initiative

Thousands of members of the Greater Boston community carry the burden of a criminal record.  This Criminal Offender Record Information, or "CORI" is maintained by the Commonwealth and can bar an otherwise eligible individual from employment, housing, and financial services and is often used to discriminate.  Many of these individuals have a CORI that qualifies for sealing, but they need help in facilitating the process.

The Center for Law and Social Responsibility CORI Initiative connects student volunteers with qualified clients to complete the CORI sealing process.  Students gain practical experience while providing clients with a new lease on life.  Please contact the CORI Initiative for more information.

CORI Initiative 2014 Report

CORI Initiative 2013 Report

Help Individuals in Need Seal Their Criminal Records (CORIs) to Allow for Greater Future Opportunities!

Volunteer with The CORI Initiative!

The CORI Initiative is a unique opportunity for New England Law students of all years to:
  • Aid Greater Boston’s indigent community
  • Complete real-life legal work
  • Develop client-communication skills
  • Enhance legal writing skills
  • Work in a team atmosphere
  • Work with public interest and criminal justice-focused peers
  • Contribute volunteer time towards a Public Service Notation on your transcript

As members of the CORI Initiative, we meet weekly on Friday afternoons starting at 2:00 PM in Room 306.

At the weekly meetings, we maintain our client files by affidavit drafting, communicating with clients, and preparing the attendant documents for filing a petition to seal a CORI. There will also be regulation/policy side-projects and opportunities to do intake at local courts during the year.

The Initiative is supervised by Professor David Siegel and managed by 3L Katherine Howells.


Sign up on TWEN for the CORI Initiative!

There will be trainings on new CORI caselaw for both new and old members on Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 by one of Boston’s CORI experts, Attorney Pauline Quirion of Greater Boston Legal Services.

What: CORI Initiative Training and First Meeting
When: Friday, Sept. 5th at 2:00 PM
Where: Room 306

If interested in attending the training, participating in the project, or if you have any questions about the CORI Initiative, please contact