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DACA and Advice for Immigrant Families in Massachusetts posted on Sep 8

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a June 15, 2012 Memorandum . In the Memorandum, the DHS “announced that certain individuals without a lawful immigration status who were brought to the United States   …Continue Reading DACA and Advice for Immigrant Families in Massachusetts

Governor’s Power to Pardon posted on Aug 31

The power to grant executive clemency for offenses violating state law, including both pardons and commutations, is held in Massachusetts by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council. The governor’s power to pardon is rooted in the Constitution of the   …Continue Reading Governor’s Power to Pardon

Word(s) of the Month - in pari delicto

Word(s) of the Month – in pari delicto posted on Jun 1

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is  in pari delicto. in pari delicto (in par-I dә-lik-toh), adv. [Latin “in equal fault’] Equally at fault <the court denied   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – in pari delicto

Executive Order 13769: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking posted on Mar 15

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” . It provides an example of an order that was issued, modified and revoked. On February 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Ninth   …Continue Reading Executive Order 13769: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking

Presidential Executive Orders: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking posted on Mar 14

“While the President’s ability to use executive orders as a means of implementing presidential power has been established as a matter of law and practice, it is equally well established that the substance of an executive order, including any requirements or prohibitions, may have the   …Continue Reading Presidential Executive Orders: Issuing, Modifying and Revoking

Finding Presidential Executive Orders posted on Feb 21

“Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.” The President signs an Executive order, and it is published in the Federal Register, published daily under the auspices of the Office of   …Continue Reading Finding Presidential Executive Orders

Word(s) of the Month - Common Law

Word(s) of the Month – Common Law posted on Feb 15

Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is common law. common law, n. [fr. Law French commen ley “common law”] (14c)  1.The body of law derived from judicial   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – Common Law

Independence of the Judiciary posted on Feb 10

Alexander Hamilton wrote about “The Judiciary Department” in Federalist No. 78. In what have become known as the Federalist Papers, Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote 85 articles and essays under the pseudonym of Publius in an effort to convince the citizens of New   …Continue Reading Independence of the Judiciary

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams posted on Jan 26

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is intended to be a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages will provide links to biographical information about people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: John Adams

Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017 posted on Jan 9

Here is a selected list of statutes that became effective on January 1, 2017. M.G.L. c. 40R, “Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production.”  Originally added by St. 2004, c. 149 § 92, M.G.L. c. 40R has been extensively revised. There are changes to § § 2-12 and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017