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Monthly Archives: May 2016

SJC Rules for Environmental Global Warming Lawsuit Posted on May 25

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Kain v. Department of Environmental Protection ( SJC 11961) that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection(MassDEP) failed to take action by the deadline of 2012 to adopt regulations and set specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions that are   …Continue Reading SJC Rules for Environmental Global Warming Lawsuit

Alexander Hamilton Writes to Raise the Eleventh Federal Pillar Posted on May 12

Alexander Hamilton Writes to Raise the Eleventh Federal Pillar

Massachusetts Invents the Constitutional Convention “In 1779, the Massachusetts legislature issued a call to the towns for every male inhabitant to elect representatives to form a Convention for the sole purpose of framing a new Constitution, which would then require ratification by two-thirds of the   …Continue Reading Alexander Hamilton Writes to Raise the Eleventh Federal Pillar

Legal Deposit in the Electronic Age Posted on May 10

All works under copyright protection published in the United States are subject to the mandatory deposit provision of the copyright law. Two copies of each work must be sent to the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office within three months of publication. (17 U.S.Code § 407)   …Continue Reading Legal Deposit in the Electronic Age

Word(s) of the Month: With and Without Prejudice Posted on May 9

Word(s) of the Month:   With and Without Prejudice

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrases are “ with prejudice” and “ without prejudice.” With prejudice, adv. With loss of all rights; in a way that finally disposes   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month: With and Without Prejudice

Law Day Activities Today Posted on May 6

The following courts will have activities on Friday, May 6: Wrentham District Court, 60 East Street, First Session Courtroom, 9:30 a.m. Festivities will include the State Police Honor Guard, performances by the Medway High School Band, Boston Police Gaelic Column Pipes & Drums, and a   …Continue Reading Law Day Activities Today

Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Model Jury Instructions on Homicide Posted on May 5

The Supreme Judicial Court Model Homicide Instruction Committee invites comments on proposed revisions to the Model Jury Instructions on Homicide. The proposed revisions largely serve to update the instructions to reflect changes arising from opinions in recent years and to clarify portions of the instructions   …Continue Reading Comments Invited on Proposed Changes to Model Jury Instructions on Homicide

Celebrate National Bike Month in May Posted on May 4

Celebrate National Bike Month in May

There are many reasons why people ride bicycles: to help the environment, to get some exercise, to raise money for a charity, to save money on gas and car repairs, to spend time with family and friends, or to enjoy the outdoors.  But whatever the   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Bike Month in May