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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Law Day Activities Today Posted on Apr 29

The following courts will have activities on Friday, April 29: John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The theme of the day will be “Miranda: More than Words.” A total of about 100 students from Fenway High School and Cathedral   …Continue Reading Law Day Activities Today

Law Day 2016 commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona Posted on Apr 29

Law Day, celebrated on May 1, is a day set aside for the nation to honor the rule of law. In 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day in a Proclamation that read in part “Whereas it is fitting that the people of this nation should   …Continue Reading Law Day 2016 commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona

A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review Posted on Apr 28

A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review

Robert Brink, executive director of the Social Law Library, recently offered a toast to John Adams on the occasion of the 215th anniversary of John Adams’ appointment of John Marshall as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. In his 1803 decision, Marbury v.   …Continue Reading A Salute to John Adams for his role in establishing judicial review

New Guide to Gathering and Using Massachusetts Legislative History Posted on Apr 27

Reconstructing the legislative history of a Massachusetts statute has always been “difficult at best.” Sean J. Kealy, a clinical associate professor of law at the Boston University School of Law has written “A Guide to Gathering and Using Legislative History in Massachusetts” in the latest   …Continue Reading New Guide to Gathering and Using Massachusetts Legislative History

Legal Setback for Patriots Fans Posted on Apr 26

Yesterday, the N.F.L. prevailed in their appeal in the deflategate case. The 2-1 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in National Football League Management Council and National Football League v. National Football League Players Association and Tom Brady includes   …Continue Reading Legal Setback for Patriots Fans

New and Revised Estate Forms Available Posted on Apr 26

The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has released new and revised estate forms along with instructions.   The forms are required for cases filed before and after the effective date of April 15, 2016, but there is a two week grace period during which the old forms will   …Continue Reading New and Revised Estate Forms Available

Comments Invited on Probate and Family Court Initiatives Posted on Apr 21

The Probate and Family Court invites comment on a set of proposals to provide new mechanisms for a just and speedy resolution of family law cases.   The three proposed Probate and Family Court initiatives are: Family Centered Case Resolution and Case Management in the Probate   …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Probate and Family Court Initiatives

Answers to Questions about US Supreme Court Vacancies Posted on Apr 14

Answers to Questions about US Supreme Court Vacancies

With the sudden death of Justice Scalia, many people are wondering about the process of replacing US Supreme Court judges and how current cases will be handled. The Congressional Research Service has issued a report which answers many of the questions about how vacancies are   …Continue Reading Answers to Questions about US Supreme Court Vacancies

Some Drug Offenders May Get Licenses Back Posted on Apr 13

Massachusetts is one of several states that suspends a person’s driver’s license after a conviction for minor drug offenses even though the conviction is not motor vehicle related.   On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Governor Baker signed a bill repealing the 26 year old law   …Continue Reading Some Drug Offenders May Get Licenses Back

Massachusetts Tax Amnesty Program- “Escape the Penalty Box” Posted on Apr 12

Do you or your business owe back taxes?  If so, check out a tax amnesty program which will run from April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016. Individuals and businesses can amend earlier filings or submit delinquent tax returns during this period.  Tax penalties and interest on those penalties will   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Tax Amnesty Program- “Escape the Penalty Box”