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Monthly Archives: June 2014

No Gorillas allowed in the back seats of cars? Posted on Jun 30

No Gorillas allowed in the back seats of cars?

Every once in a while, someone publishes a list of weird or silly laws that were once on the books in Massachusetts, or still are. A recent article from May 2014, for example, repeats some of these silly laws, such as “All men must carry   …Continue Reading No Gorillas allowed in the back seats of cars?

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Clinic Buffer Zone Law Posted on Jun 27

Yesterday the Supreme Court decided unanimously in McCullen, et al. v Coakley, striking down the Massachusetts Buffer Zone Law.  The 2007 law had instituted a 35 foot perimeter rule for abortion protesters at the entrances to clinics.  The Court said that the law too heavily restricted the free   …Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Massachusetts Clinic Buffer Zone Law

Expanded Health Plans for Transgender Patients Posted on Jun 26

Massachusetts on Friday became the third state in the nation to cover transgender medical services, including gender reassignment surgery, as a standard benefit in its government health plan for lower-income and disabled people. The administration of Governor Deval Patrick also moved to prohibit private insurers   …Continue Reading Expanded Health Plans for Transgender Patients

CORI, CARI what is the difference? Posted on Jun 20

We often hear about getting one’s Criminal Offender Record Information, commonly know as CORI. When you are looking for a job, looking for an apartment, or adopting a child, having a CORI check done is usually part of the process. This is why there has been a   …Continue Reading CORI, CARI what is the difference?

Guia Bilingue Legal Para Todos/Bilingual Legal Guide For All Posted on Jun 18

Bilingual Legal Guide for All by Yolanda J. Izurieta is a new tool for helping Spanish speakers understand legal terms and processes they will encounter while navigating the American legal system.  The material is divided into nine subject sections:  Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy, Business, Criminal, Family,   …Continue Reading Guia Bilingue Legal Para Todos/Bilingual Legal Guide For All

Check Out Some New MCLE Titles Posted on Jun 17

Recently three new books were published by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  The Bankruptcy Practice in Massachusetts is a one volume loose-leaf publication which covers the distinction between a chapter 7, 11, and 13 case, automatic stay, claims and priority of distribution, means test, discharge, exemptions,   …Continue Reading Check Out Some New MCLE Titles

New Pro Bono “Marketplace” Posted on Jun 14

The Massachusetts Bar Association has announced a new website – massprobono.org – a “marketplace” for volunteer lawyers.  “The centerpiece of the site is a Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, developed in partnership with the MBA, which has built an extensive statewide listing of pro bono opportunities.”   …Continue Reading New Pro Bono “Marketplace”

Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration Posted on Jun 13

Governor Patrick signed House Bill 3788, An Act Relative to Election Laws, Acts of 2014, Chapter 111 into law on May 22, 2014. Some of the features to be introduced over several years are: online registration of voters; preregistering at age 16 and 17 for voting upon   …Continue Reading Election Reform Bill Signed into Law to Allow Early Voting and Online Voter Registration

Summer Jobs and Child Labor Laws Posted on Jun 8

School is ending and summer is here. For many young people this means finding a summer job. If you are under 18, you will need to obtain a work permit from your Superintendent of Schools. The Department of Labor has a chart of how the process operates. There   …Continue Reading Summer Jobs and Child Labor Laws

Moving? Things you should know Posted on Jun 7

School will be out soon and many people will move to new locations this summer.  If you are hiring a mover, please read on. In-state moves If you are moving household goods from one point in Massachusetts to another, the agency that oversees your mover   …Continue Reading Moving? Things you should know