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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Can a tenant evict a roommate? Posted on Jun 30

We get asked this question at our library sometimes. If your roommate is terribly annoying, can you evict your roommate? No, unless you are subletting part of your apartment to your roommate, you cannot evict your roommate.  If the roommate is violating some aspect of   …Continue Reading Can a tenant evict a roommate?

Endagered Species Protection: a history Posted on Jun 28

Endagered Species Protection: a history

The book Acting for Endangered Species: the statutory ark (2002, by Shannon Petersen) outlines the history of the protection of endangered species in the United States, from the 19th century through the 1990s, with a focus on the Engandered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, which is   …Continue Reading Endagered Species Protection: a history

Protect Your Child’s Personal Information Posted on Jun 26

School’s almost out, and camp season is just around the corner. Whether your kids are attending a program for sports, arts, or education, there’s plenty of fun to be had this summer…and plenty of forms to be filled out. Summer program forms may require you   …Continue Reading Protect Your Child’s Personal Information

Motorcycle season, time to hit the road Posted on Jun 25

  Now that the good weather has finally come, the call of the open road is beckoning. For many people this means motorcycles. Once the province of Hells Angels and other motorcycle clubs, the increasing cost of gas as well as the feeling of freedom,   …Continue Reading Motorcycle season, time to hit the road

Old Deluder Satan Law Posted on Jun 22

Public education was made mandatory in Massachusetts on the early date of 1647 by the Old Deluder Satan Law, “it being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former times keeping them in   …Continue Reading Old Deluder Satan Law

Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence Posted on Jun 20

On January 13, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law S. 2402, “An Act Relative to Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault and Stalking.”  Chapter 402 of the Acts of 2012, amends Chapter 186 of the General Laws by adding seven sections.   …Continue Reading Housing Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence

Trial Court Law Libraries’ texting service receives Kudos! Posted on Jun 18

    LibraryH3lp, the ‘chat’ service used by the Trial Court Law Libraries, gave us some great feedback on the success of our texting service.  It was reported that, in the eight months since we opened our texting gateway, we’ve received/created almost 5,000 messages! According   …Continue Reading Trial Court Law Libraries’ texting service receives Kudos!

Interlocutory Appeals in Massachusetts State Courts Posted on Jun 12

When you receive an interlocutory decision or order in a case in the Superior Court department, the Housing Court department, the Land Court department, the Juvenile Court department or the Probate and Family Court department and are considering an appeal, the Trial Court Law Libraries have   …Continue Reading Interlocutory Appeals in Massachusetts State Courts

Adieu, Marnie Warner Posted on Jun 9

On June 28th, Marnie Warner, Law Library Coordinator for the Massachusetts Trial Court, will retire.  Her career as a Law Librarian spans almost forty years, most of them in the service of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Hired as the first Law Library Coordinator under the   …Continue Reading Adieu, Marnie Warner

What is employment discrimination? Posted on Jun 7

According to USA.gov, there are several ways in which employers can discriminate against job applicants and employees, including denying you a job based on your race, or paying you less money because of your country of origin.  Some of the main types of discrimination are:   …Continue Reading What is employment discrimination?