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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Women in Law Posted on Apr 28

Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts , published by MCLE (2012), tells the story of women’s progress in the legal profession in Massachusetts from 1882 to the present day. The book includes historical biographies of the state’s first women   …Continue Reading Women in Law

Consumer Assistance with Unlawful Foreclosures Posted on Apr 28

The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General brought suit in 2011 against four banks for allegedly violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (G.L. c. 93A, §§ 2 and 4) by foreclosing on homes before receiving an assignment of the mortgage. Pursuant to Chapter 194 of   …Continue Reading Consumer Assistance with Unlawful Foreclosures

“No-Tipping” Policies Posted on Apr 24

A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court says that an employer who employs wait staff employees and has a clearly communicated “no-tipping” policy may retain the tips left by customers or make the tips available to other customers. In 2003, the defendant in   …Continue Reading “No-Tipping” Policies

Juveniles’ Right to Consult “Interested Adult” Extended Posted on Apr 13

In Commonwealth v. Smith, decided on April 9, the Supreme Judicial Court extended the “interested adult” rule to apply to 17- year-olds going forward. Under this rule, “a juvenile must be afforded a meaningful opportunity to consult with an “interested adult” before waiving his or   …Continue Reading Juveniles’ Right to Consult “Interested Adult” Extended

Learn About the US Senate Posted on Apr 3

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate officially opened on Monday, March 30, 2015 with a day-long celebration that included the President and Vice President along with numerous political figures in the U.S. government. Senator Kennedy spent almost fifty years as a   …Continue Reading Learn About the US Senate

200 Years of Free Legal Information Posted on Apr 2

200 Years of Free Legal Information

Enjoy the Trial Court Law Libraries’ commemorative book, 200 Years of Free Legal Information: From County Law Libraries in Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries, available on the web at http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/mtcll200.pdf.

Background Checks For Game Officials Posted on Apr 1

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the organization that governs interscholastic athletics in Massachusetts, has approved a policy to conduct background checks for all referees and umpires, beginning in the fall of 2015. The MIAA has indicated that the plan, which may be amended further, would require   …Continue Reading Background Checks For Game Officials