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Monthly Archives: March 2016

New Professional Conduct Rule 3.8 Effective April 1 Posted on Mar 31

Newly amended Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.8: Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor The prosecutor in a criminal case shall; (a) refrain from prosecuting where the prosecutor lacks a good faith belief that probable cause to support the charge exists, and refrain from threatening to   …Continue Reading New Professional Conduct Rule 3.8 Effective April 1

Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Posted on Mar 30

The Chief Justice of the Trial Court invites comments on the proposed amendments to Uniform Trial Court Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse under G.L. c. 123, § 35.  The proposed amendments are necessitated by the passage of St. 2016, c.   …Continue Reading Comments Sought on Proposed Changes to Rules for Civil Commitment Proceedings for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: To Kill a Mockingbird Posted on Mar 29

  March 29 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Honorable Fredric Rutberg, speaker This film is about a lawyer who defends a black man accused of raping a white teenager in a southern town during the 1930s.  The film is based on the 1960 book of the   …Continue Reading Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: To Kill a Mockingbird

Some Law Firms Must Register as Debt Collectors Posted on Mar 28

According to Mass. Division of Banks Opinions 13-018 and 16-002, “if a law firm’s principal purpose is the collection of debts, or where the firm regularly collects or attempts to collect debts owed or asserted to be owed to another, such law firm is required to   …Continue Reading Some Law Firms Must Register as Debt Collectors

Happy New Year? Posted on Mar 25

Until 1752, England and its British dominions, including those in America, celebrated March 25th as the first day of the calendar year. Since ancient times, England had used the “Julian calendar”, instituted by Julius Caesar in 45 BCE.  The Julian calendar followed a solar year   …Continue Reading Happy New Year?

Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: My Cousin Vinny Posted on Mar 22

March 22 My Cousin Vinny (1992) Attorney David Pixley, speaker Comedy involving the trial of two young New Yorkers for a convenience store murder they didn’t commit in rural Alabama.  One of the two youths asks his cousin, Vincent Gambini (played by Joe Pesci), a newly-minted   …Continue Reading Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: My Cousin Vinny

Gun Trust Rule Change Posted on Mar 18

Earlier this year the US Department of Justice amended the federal firearm regulations (27 Code of Federal Regulations 479).   In particular, the new regulations add the definition of “responsible person” covering unlicensed entities and which is defined in part as “In the case of a trust, those persons with the power   …Continue Reading Gun Trust Rule Change

Evacuation Day Posted on Mar 17

Evacuation Day

According to history.com, “on this day in 1776, British forces are forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks the city from the south.” March 17 is a holiday in Suffolk County, but MGL   …Continue Reading Evacuation Day

New Opioid Law Posted on Mar 16

The comprehensive new opioid law signed by the Governor this week is St.2016, c.52. Because this law includes an “emergency preamble,” most provisions are effective immediately, but sections 70-77 of the new law prescribe different effective dates for particular sections, so you’ll need to read carefully   …Continue Reading New Opioid Law

Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: The Stolen Spirits of the Haida Gwaii Posted on Mar 15

March 15 The Stolen Spirits of the Haida Gwaii (2004) Attorney Kathleen Brown-Perez, speaker Documentary film about the repatriation from a museum of Native American remains taken from their graves a century ago.  Attorney and educator Brown-Perez draws on extensive legal experience and her own Native   …Continue Reading Cinema of Law Tonight in Pittsfield: The Stolen Spirits of the Haida Gwaii