“Hate crimes” and “hate speech” are hot topics in the realms of education, the courts, the media, and in our daily lives. These are two separate but related issues. “Hate speech” will be a subsequent post. According to Black’s Law Dictionary (10th edition), a “hate …Continue Reading Hate Crime Law in Massachusetts
Many companies aggregate public information generated by government entities and repackage it for a profit. Sometimes this is done by posting public data, forms, or other information on a website that has been optimized with common search phrases so it will appear at the top …Continue Reading Massachusetts legal forms and information – for free
It’s nearly that time of year, so we thought we would highlight some of our pages that relate to schools and education. We get questions about access to student records in divorce, CORI checks for people who work with children, internet bullying, and rights of …Continue Reading Going back to school law
Recently the President signed a number of commutations for federal prisoners; most had been sentenced under now outdated standards for nonviolent drug crimes. Under Article II Section 2 of the Constitution, he has the power to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United …Continue Reading Clemency, pardons, commutations
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
When married couples decide to divorce in Massachusetts, there are financial issues that have to be addressed. These may include child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets, among others. There is basic information about alimony and support on the Trial Court’s website under …Continue Reading Divorce and Financial Issues
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
A word about Massachusetts law relating to the Presidential Election might be in order, particularly as it applies to the national party conventions taking place this summer. Presidential Primaries were held on the first Tuesday in March as required by M.G.L. c. 53, § 28. …Continue Reading Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law
Many American citizens may not be familiar with how a person become a judge for a US Court of Appeals or US District Court. However, they can find the answer in a recent Congressional Research Service report (R43762) which explains the process in detail. Under …Continue Reading What is the process for being appointed to the federal bench?
Governor Charlie Baker introduced three Superior Court justices yesterday to fill three impending vacancies on Massachusetts’ highest court. The judges, Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy will replace Associate Justices Fernanda Duffly, Francis Spina, and Robert Cordy who are all retiring this summer. The …Continue Reading Governor Baker nominates 3 justices for Supreme Judicial Court
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