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Do Trees Have Standing?

Do Trees Have Standing? posted on Oct 17

From Justice William O. Douglas’ dissent in Sierra Club v Morton, 405 U.S. 727, 741 (1972) : “The critical question of ‘standing’ would be simplified and also put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule that allowed environmental issues to be litigated before federal   …Continue Reading Do Trees Have Standing?

Word(s) of the month - standing

Word(s) of the month – standing posted on Oct 16

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 standing. standing n. (1924) A party’s right to make a legal claim or seek judicial enforcement of a duty or right. • To have   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – standing

Index to blog post series about codification posted on Sep 27

In order to help navigating in and around our series about codification that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Word(s) of the month – codification, posted September 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor in Chief,   …Continue Reading Index to blog post series about codification

Codification of Federal Law Today posted on Sep 26

“The United States Code is prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel (“OLRC”) of the U.S. House of Representatives pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 285b. The Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter.   …Continue Reading Codification of Federal Law Today

Historical Codifications of Federal Law posted on Sep 25

“For some inexplicable reason, the early publications of the laws of the United States have not captured the attention of legal bibliographers as have the state session laws. If one may judge by the scarcity of commercial publications, it would seem that the federal laws   …Continue Reading Historical Codifications of Federal Law

Access to Justice: Authentication as a Social Justice Issue posted on Sep 24

“One of the most serious problems with the trend toward exclusively researching legal material online – and in making certain legal resources available only electronically – is that in most states, there is no system or set of standards for how legal information should be   …Continue Reading Access to Justice: Authentication as a Social Justice Issue

Ensuring Authenticity in the Massachusetts Code posted on Sep 23

“Providing information online is integral to the conduct of state government in the 21st century. The ease and speed with which information can be created, updated, and distributed electronically, especially in contrast to the time required for the production of print materials, enables governments to   …Continue Reading Ensuring Authenticity in the Massachusetts Code

Second Word of the Month - authentication

Second Word of the Month – authentication posted on Sep 20

Massachusetts Law Updates regularly features “Words of Law”, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today, as part of our series about the codification of law, we will offer a definition of the word authentication from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, as   …Continue Reading Second Word of the Month – authentication

Accessing the Codification of Massachusetts law in print and online posted on Sep 19

In the blog post “Codification of Massachusetts law today”, reference is made to the chapter on “Statutes and Session Laws” in Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts, which says “The official edition of the General Laws has been published in paperbound format since 1984.” The only official version   …Continue Reading Accessing the Codification of Massachusetts law in print and online

Codification of Massachusetts Law Today

Codification of Massachusetts Law Today posted on Sep 18

To follow up on yesterday’s blog post, “Historical Codifications of Massachusetts Law”, recodifying the law every twenty years or so became a burdensome process. “Before 1921, few, if any of the Acts and Resolves passed during a legislative session were written to mesh with the   …Continue Reading Codification of Massachusetts Law Today