As new college students arrive in Massachusetts, we thought we’d point out a few resources on Massachusetts landlord-tenant law that may prove helpful. The Attorney General’s Guide to Massachusetts Landlord-Tenant Rights is a handy 13-page pamphlet on Massachusetts law and additional sources of information. Tenant Rights …Continue Reading Welcome to Massachusetts!
Hard to believe, but back-to-school time is nearly upon us. In Massachusetts, 603 CMR 27 covers student learning time, and this is where we get the 180-day requirement for schools. In particular, 603 CMR 27.03 details School Year Requirements: 27.03: School Year Requirements (1) Prior …Continue Reading Student Learning Time
As we told you back in March in Credit Unions Branching Out, Massachusetts has a new law (MGL c.171, s.8, as added by St.2014, c.466) governing Credit Unions opening branches. This month, the Division of Banks issued the applicable regulations at 209 CMR 58. According …Continue Reading Credit Union Branching Regulations
Massachusetts law was amended effective August 1, 2015, so that a person can request an amended birth certificate after “completion of medical intervention for the purpose of permanent sex reassignment.” Previously, the law had required the completion of “sex reassignment surgery.” The new law is St. …Continue Reading Transgender People and Amended Birth Certificates
The Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure (SAC) invites comments on a proposed new rule, SJC Rule 1:24, Personal Identifying Information. The new rule is based on the nonbinding Supreme Judicial Court Interim Guidelines for the Protection …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Proposed Court Rule on Personal Identifying Information
The Trial Court has issued a policy on possession and use of cameras and electronic devices in courthouses, effective August 15, 2015. Some highlights: All members of the general public entering the Trial Court in possession of PEDs or cameras will be instructed in passing …Continue Reading New Trial Court Policy on Cameras and Electronic Devices
The Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Massachusetts law G. L. c. 265, § 50 (a) that targets sex trafficking. An Act relative to the commercial exploitation of people, which criminalized sexual servitude, forced labor, and organ trafficking was approved in 2011. …Continue Reading Constitutionality of Massachusetts Law on Sex Trafficking
” The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Consumer Advocacy Task Force has launched a Consumer Law Resource Center on MassLawHelp.com, homepage of the MBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, providing a ‘clearinghouse’ of useful links, quick-tip videos and answers to some of the most frequently asked consumer protection questions.” Topics …Continue Reading Mass. Consumer Resource Center Online
President Barack Obama will have the opportunity to appoint a new Librarian of Congress when James Billington retires as of Jan. 1, 2016. This will be the first new Librarian of Congress in nearly 30 years, and only the 14th since the establishment of the library …Continue Reading Job Vacancy: U.S. Librarian of Congress
The American Association of Law Libraries’ Task Force on Legal Skills and Knowledge for Practice has released three reports about how legal research is conducted in the practice of law, based on surveys of more than 600 attorneys and 150 law librarians from all over the …Continue Reading Teaching Legal Research
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