On Demand Program

Celebration of New Clemency Guidelines and Training


Date Aired: Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Runtime: 1:30h

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Please join the Massachusetts Bar Association Bar Association Clemency Task Force members and panelists from the Governor's Office to discuss the new clemency guidelines.

Gov. Maura Healey made history by issuing new clemency guidelines that will modernize and revitalize the clemency process by injecting a new focus on racial equality, correction of systemic injustices, and fairness — creating possibilities for hope and transformation for individuals who have been imprisoned for decades.

This program will cover:

  • What clemency is and celebrate the importance of the new guidelines
  • What changed and stayed the same in the clemency guidelines
  • Basic training elements on the new guidelines, including procedural and substantive requirements when representing a clemency client
  • Commutations for clients whose offenses occurred at a young age, elders in prison, LGBT+ people, individuals who have suffered violence and trauma, and other special populations
  • Pardons opportunities for pro bono representation

This event is co-sponsored by the Women's Bar Association.

This webinar was hosted using Zoom.  


Pauline Quirion, Esq., Program Chair and Moderator
Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Sabrina Bonanno, Esq., Co-Moderator
Sweeney & Associates LLC, Quincy
Hon. Robert Cordy (Ret.), Panelist
Supreme Judicial Court, Boston
Kate Cook, Esq., Panelist
Chief of Staff, Governor's office, Boston
Patricia DeJuneas, Esq., Panelist
DeJuneas Law, LLC, Boston
Patricia Garin, Esq., Panelist
Shapiro & Teitelbaum, Boston
Adam Hornstine, Esq., Panelist
Deputy Legal Counsel, Governor's office, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Criminal Justice Section

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