News

Major Affordable Housing Victory Achieved in Boston

A coalition including GBLS, City Life/Vida Urbana, pro bono law firms Goulston & Storrs, Jones Day, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the Department of Neighborhood Development, CEDAC, and the Boston Public Health Commission not only saved 59 families from being displaced from their homes, but also created 59 new permanently-affordable housing units in Dorchester and Mattapan.

GBLS appoints new Board Members and elects Officers

Invigorated and Expanded Leadership Helps Meet Critical Unmet Legal Needs of Diverse Local Populations in Poverty

CORI Alert

The law has changed. If you lost your driver's license because you were convicted of a drug offense, you can now get your license back right away and without paying the $500 reinstatement fee as long as you were not convicted of drug trafficking. Note: the new law only applies to drug convictions and does not apply to DUI or alcohol offenses. Click here to read a booklet about how to get your license back.

Why Boston students create a 'Know Your Rights' app

Kudos to Elizabeth McIntyre for her work with these students. Thanks also to WilmerHale and Staples for sponsoring her Equal Justice Works fellowship at GBLS. There are links at the end of this article to several other WBUR features on school discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  Click here to read the article.

 

SJC establishes new standard to seal criminal cases

In August 2014, the GBLS CORI & Re-entry Project won an important appeal on criminal record sealing. We had asked the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) to revisit an almost 20-year-old case that imposed an onerous burden of proof on former defendants trying to seal records and went so far as to say that few defendants would succeed in sealing their records. This older case predisposed judges to deny sealing requests.