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GBLS Remembers our Beloved Colleague and Dear Friend Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson at the GBLS Annual Meeting on 6/18/2013
It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved colleague and dear friend Sarah Anderson died on Monday, August 14. For more than three decades, Sarah worked at Greater Boston Legal Services, fighting for the rights of thousands of low-income families and people with disabilities. She was a mentor to hundreds of young lawyers, paralegals and students.
 
Sarah was a nationally respected expert on health and disability law.

Remarks of 2017 BBA John G. Brooks awardee, GBLS attorney Anne Mackin

Good Evening,
 
President Starkey, members of the BBA, members of the Judiciary, Rep. Moulton, my GBLS and legal services colleagues, and all who have come this evening to celebrate Law Day.
 
Thank you, President Starkey, and the BBA for presenting me with the John G. Brooks Award.  Although this type of attention is galaxies outside of my personal comfort zone, I am humbled by your generous and kind remarks, and am truly grateful and honored that you chose me for this award.

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.

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 created 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.