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Celebrating Constitution Day

Celebrating Constitution Day posted on Sep 17

The Centinel – February 9, 1788 Announcing the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in Massachusetts September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, and to  “recognize all who, by   …Continue Reading Celebrating Constitution Day

Word(s) of the month - judge

Word(s) of the month – judge posted on Aug 20

Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is judge. judge, n. (14c) A public official appointed or elected to hear and decide legal matters in court; a judicial officer who   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – judge

Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants posted on Jun 29

The original Massachusetts Office of Refugee Resettlement was created in the early 1980s for the purpose of implementing the requirements of the [U.S.} Refugee Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-212). During his term of office, Governor Dukakis issued three Executive Orders to comply with the federal   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants

Word(s) of the Month - rule of law

Word(s) of the Month – rule of law posted on Jun 7

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 rule of law. rule of law. (18c) 1. A substantive legal principle <under the rule of law known as respondeat superior, the employer   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – rule of law

Word(s) of the Month - search warrant

Word(s) of the Month – search warrant posted on Apr 10

  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 search warrant. search warrant, n. (18c) Criminal law. A judge’s written order authorizing a law-enforcement officer to conduct a search of a   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – search warrant

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw

Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw posted on Apr 4

Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages provide links to biographical information abut people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the American Revolution and grew and   …Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lemuel Shaw

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