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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Legal Service Clinics in Massachusetts Law Schools Posted on Oct 29

Legal service clinics in Massachusetts law schools train law students to be prepared for practicing law upon graduation by offering instruction in the context of real world problems. Students have the opportunity to engage in community service by providing essential legal services to those in need.   …Continue Reading Legal Service Clinics in Massachusetts Law Schools

Standards for Access to Inmates Posted on Oct 28

Standards for access to inmates at correctional facilities afforded to attorneys, law students, paralegals, private investigators and interpreters have been recently updated. New amendments to 103 CMR 486.00 include reducing the time from one week to three business days to supply documentation of a law student’s or   …Continue Reading Standards for Access to Inmates

The Salem Witchcraft Trials Posted on Oct 27

The Salem Witchcraft Trials

It has been 323 years since the Salem Witchcraft Trials. People are still trying to determine why a court of law would have indicted, tried, found guilty, sentenced to death, and executed nineteen men and women in Salem village in 1692 for the alleged crime   …Continue Reading The Salem Witchcraft Trials

Domestic Violence and SAFEPLAN Program Posted on Oct 22

The Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) provides funding for government and community programs to help victims of domestic violence.  One program called SAFEPLAN was recently recognized for 20 years of service to those individuals who have been affected by this type of violence. Certified SAFEPLAN   …Continue Reading Domestic Violence and SAFEPLAN Program

Looking for Legal Information? Posted on Oct 21

Looking for Legal Information?

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries offer six ways to get information to help you answer your legal questions. One of our favorites, online chat, is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays). During a chat session, we will ask   …Continue Reading Looking for Legal Information?

Consumer Protection Against Robocalls Strengthened by FCC Declaratory Ruling Posted on Oct 20

We reported earlier that the FCC had implemented rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. They have recently issued a declaratory ruling (FCC 15-72) that tightens the rules for companies.  Consumers can revoke their consent “in any reasonable way” and companies have a single chance to   …Continue Reading Consumer Protection Against Robocalls Strengthened by FCC Declaratory Ruling

Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains Posted on Oct 19

Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains

We have pulled together a few resources for attorneys working with children in the juvenile justice system on how to stay aware of current developments. Mass General, Center for Law, Brain and Behavior : Their mission reads: “The speed of technology in neuroscience as it   …Continue Reading Juvenile Attorney Resources, Adolescent Brains

Personal Exemptions from Local Property Tax Posted on Oct 16

Cities and towns may give property tax exemptions to some individuals as defined by state law. An exemption discharges the taxpayer from the legal obligation to pay all or part of the tax assessed for the fiscal year. Blind persons, qualifying senior citizens, qualifying surviving   …Continue Reading Personal Exemptions from Local Property Tax

Mass. Land Records Posted on Oct 14

You can find your property records online at the Secretary of the Commonwealths “Massachusetts Land Records” website. Access is available to deeds, mortgages, plans, and other land records recorded in the various Registries of Deeds. “Locate my Registry of Deeds Office” will help you find   …Continue Reading Mass. Land Records

Can a Monkey Own a Copyright? Posted on Oct 13

A self-portrait taken by a black macaque monkey named Naruto on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia is the focus of a federal lawsuit filed on September 21 by the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).  Naruto took the self-portrait with the camera of   …Continue Reading Can a Monkey Own a Copyright?