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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools Posted on Jun 30

The Boston Globe reported today on a student effort to create a school policy that would enable the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by students. M.G.L ch. 72, § 69 requires displaying the national flag and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; however, a court   …Continue Reading Pledge of Allegiance in Public Schools

Mass. Rules on Admission to the Bar Amended Posted on Jun 22

http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/rules-of-court/sjc/sjc301.htmlSupreme Judicial Court Rule 3:01 has been amended effective July 1, 2010. The amendments are in the following sections: Section 1: Filing Requirements for Admission subsection 1.2: Admission by Motion subsection 1.3: Referral to Board of Bar Examiners Section 3: Qualifications for Taking Bar Exam   …Continue Reading Mass. Rules on Admission to the Bar Amended

Social Host Liability Posted on Jun 16

As the season of graduation parties and summer celebrations comes upon us, it is a good time to be reminded that there are penalties for furnishing or serving alcohol to underage guests. M. G. L. ch. 138, § 34 provides a fine of up to   …Continue Reading Social Host Liability

Mass. Tenants Dealing with Foreclosure Posted on Jun 9

A few years ago, information for tenants in buildings facing foreclosure was hard to come by and somewhat contradictory. Now, though, there are some new laws and a great deal of clarification. MGL c.186, s.13A, added in 2007 states: “Upon a foreclosure of residential real   …Continue Reading Mass. Tenants Dealing with Foreclosure

Emergency Response by Utilities Posted on Jun 7

New regulations have been promulgated by the DPU, 220 CMR 19, which address the emergency preparedness of electric and gas companies. In December 2008, an ice storm in the Fitchburg area left many customers without electricity for weeks. In response, the legislature enacted St.2009, c.133,   …Continue Reading Emergency Response by Utilities

Oil Spill Tragedy – What if it happened here? Posted on Jun 1

Actually, Massachusetts has already had its share of environmental disasters due to oil spills in our ocean waters. The most recent was the Bouchard in 2003, which took place in Buzzards Bay. That spill prompted the enactment of an Act Preventing Oil Spills in Buzzards   …Continue Reading Oil Spill Tragedy – What if it happened here?