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Monthly Archives: March 2013

The snowbirds are coming! Posted on Mar 31

The days are getting longer and, hopefully, warmer. As the warm weather returns, so do the snowbirds. Many of our elders are active and thriving; however, some are not. Legislation has been passed to address the  safety concerns of our aging population. In 2010, the “Silver   …Continue Reading The snowbirds are coming!

DSM-5, Classification of Mental Disorders and Massachusetts Law Posted on Mar 30

The American Psychiatric Association (A.P.A.) has announced that the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is scheduled for release in May 2013. The history of the attempt to classify mental disorders goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, described by the   …Continue Reading DSM-5, Classification of Mental Disorders and Massachusetts Law

Bill filed to curtail health costs of future retirees from Mass. state & municipal governments Posted on Mar 29

  In November 2011 Governor Patrick appointed a Commission to Study Retiree Healthcare and Other Non-Pension Benefits (OPEB), and the Commission submitted a report with recommendationsthat are meant to ensure the sustainability of the state’s retirement system for future retirees from Mass. state and municipal   …Continue Reading Bill filed to curtail health costs of future retirees from Mass. state & municipal governments

New Model Jury Instructions on Homicide Posted on Mar 29

On March 21, 2013, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court released new Model Jury Instructions on Homicide.  The use of Model Jury Instructions on Homicide were first approved and recommended by the Justices in 1999.  A new committee on Model Jury Instructions on Homicide was formed by   …Continue Reading New Model Jury Instructions on Homicide

Attorney General’s Div. of Open Government Posted on Mar 28

State-wide enforcement of the Open Meeting Law, for public bodies at all levels of government, is centralized in the Attorney General’s Office and the Attorney General created the Division of Open Government to help public bodies understand and comply with the law. The Division provides   …Continue Reading Attorney General’s Div. of Open Government

School’s Out in Massachusetts, When? Posted on Mar 27

Many towns have declared more than five snow days during this school year, causing their School Committees to scramble to figure out how to meet the mandatory 180 day operation requirement mandated by 603 CMR 27.03. There is no uniform statewide answer to when school will close for the year.   …Continue Reading School’s Out in Massachusetts, When?

Government on the Net Posted on Mar 26

Finding information on the internet can be frustrating at times especially if you are looking for your local city and state resources.  Massachusetts state, local, and county information is readily available at the Trial Court Law Libraries website. If you are looking for another state, Statelocalgov.net provides convenient one-stop access to the   …Continue Reading Government on the Net

That’s entertainment! Posted on Mar 25

Is the next “Honey Boo Boo” living in your house? Over the years, there have been many child stars, and while there are federal and state labor laws protecting minors in the workplace, these laws do not apply to the world of entertainment. Most parents only   …Continue Reading That’s entertainment!

Congratulations Law School Graduates! Posted on Mar 24

Congratulations Law School Graduates!

Shortly after the mortarboards are tossed in the air, graduates will begin paying off those school loans. The March issue of ABA’s Student Lawyer suggests that students should start preparing before graduation. In part three of a four part series, Heather Jarvis sets out a   …Continue Reading Congratulations Law School Graduates!

“Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!” Posted on Mar 22

On this date:  March 23, 1775 Sir Patrick Henry spoke those much heralded words of freedom:  “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”  One month later, April 19, 1775, the Battle of Lexington and Concord began with   …Continue Reading “Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!”