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Thanksgiving in Massachusetts History posted on Nov 23

We wanted to trace the history of Thanksgiving in Massachusetts for you, but the task proved challenging. We all know the story of the “first Thanksgiving” in Plymouth in 1621, but what happened in the following years? As it turns out, it was not uncommon for authorities   …Continue Reading Thanksgiving in Massachusetts History

Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records posted on Aug 11

The SJC has approved new Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records, and a new Rule 1:24 on Protection of Personal Identifying Information, both effective November 1, 2016. Below is the Statement of the Justices: The Supreme Judicial Court has approved Trial Court Rule   …Continue Reading Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records

Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts posted on Jul 26

The Supreme Judicial Court issued the following Notice on Monday: The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have endorsed the recommendation of the Committee to Examine the Uniform Bar Examination (Committee) to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), with an effective date of July 2018. The   …Continue Reading Uniform Bar Exam in Massachusetts

Self-Help Discovery in Employment Discrimination Case posted on Jun 3

In Verdrager v. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., decided May 31, 2016, the SJC addressed the issue of self-help discovery as protected activity.  The court said, in part: “The question whether an employee’s acts of self-help discovery in aid of claims under   …Continue Reading Self-Help Discovery in Employment Discrimination Case

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

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

Attorneys Won’t Need to Register as Debt Collectors After All posted on Apr 8

Just last week we reported on a requirement that attorneys whose primary business was debt collection register as debt collectors. On April 1, the Division of Banks changed its position. The agency has withdrawn its previous opinion letters and issued Opinion 013-018w, which says, in part:   …Continue Reading Attorneys Won’t Need to Register as Debt Collectors After All

Some Law Firms Must Register as Debt Collectors posted on Mar 28

According to Mass. Division of Banks Opinions 13-018 and 16-002, “if a law firm’s principal purpose is the collection of debts, or where the firm regularly collects or attempts to collect debts owed or asserted to be owed to another, such law firm is required to   …Continue Reading Some Law Firms Must Register as Debt Collectors

Evacuation Day

Evacuation Day posted on Mar 17

According to history.com, “on this day in 1776, British forces are forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks the city from the south.” March 17 is a holiday in Suffolk County, but MGL   …Continue Reading Evacuation Day