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American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website Posted on Aug 15

“ABA President Paulette Brown (2015-16) led the Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission in its one-year inquiry into how to develop sustainable action plans that would advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the judicial system and the ABA itself.”  The Commission’s work resulted in policies, online   …Continue Reading American Bar Association adds diversity portal to website

Every Woman Her Own Lawyer Posted on Aug 2

Every Woman Her Own Lawyer

Representing yourself in court without a lawyer is not a new idea. Books designed to help self-represented litigants were published as early as the second quarter of the eighteenth century. “Some earlier books were aimed partly at a non-legal audience, particularly readers dealing with the   …Continue Reading Every Woman Her Own Lawyer

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem Posted on Jul 29

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

  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 “ guardian ad litem” Guardian ad litem  (ad Li-tem) (18c) A guardian, usu. a lawyer, appointed by the court to appear   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates Posted on Jul 21

The Probate and Family Court has published the second edition of the MUPC Estate Administration Procedural Guide.  It reflects the development of procedures since the publication of the first edition four years ago.  It is an excellent source, and we recommend it for anyone involved   …Continue Reading New MUPC Procedural Guide for Administration of Estates

Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence Posted on Jul 1

The Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law has issued an online supplement to the annual Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The online supplement includes short summaries of important opinions of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court relating to the development and evolution   …Continue Reading Supplement to the 2016 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

Appeals from Decisions of State Agencies Posted on Jun 6

An appeal from an administrative agency decision, also referred to as a “30A appeal,” or a request for “judicial review of an administrative agency decision,” is what you file in the Superior Court when you want a judge to review a final decision made by   …Continue Reading Appeals from Decisions of State Agencies

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

ABA Criminal Justice Standards Posted on Apr 5

American Bar Association Standards for Criminal Justice are available, with commentary, on the internet. The standards were first created, beginning in 1964, and implemented as part of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Standards Project . “When the final volume of the first edition of the Standards   …Continue Reading ABA Criminal Justice Standards

Plain Language and the Law Posted on Jan 19

legalese. (1914) The peculiar language of lawyers; esp., the speech and writing of lawyers at their communicative worst, characterized by antique jargon, pomposity, affected displays of precision, ponderous abstractions, and hocus-pocus incantations. plain language. Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can   …Continue Reading Plain Language and the Law

Legal Treatises Considered Posted on Jan 12

Black’s Law Dictionary defines the treatise as “an extended, serious, and usually exhaustive book on a particular subject.” Joseph Story (1779-1845), lawyer and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, set the bar high in the early years of our country by writing the formative   …Continue Reading Legal Treatises Considered