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Yearly Archives: 2014

At Your Service: The Evolution of Law Libraries Posted on Dec 2

“In the ‘new normal,’ there are two things libraries should view as their primary stock in trade; special collections and service.” So said Tracy Thompson, Executive Director of NELLCO, an international consortium of law libraries, at last fall’s meeting of LLNE, Law Libraries of New   …Continue Reading At Your Service: The Evolution of Law Libraries

Open Access to Law Review Articles Posted on Dec 1

In 2008, the “Durham Statement on Open Access to Legal Scholarship” was crafted by the Directors of twelve of our countries’ leading academic Law Libraries. The statement was a “call for all law schools to stop publishing their journals in print format and to rely   …Continue Reading Open Access to Law Review Articles

How Much Time is Allowed for this Civil Action? Posted on Nov 28

Massachusetts Pleading and Practice: Forms and Commentary just added a Timetable section by Raymond P. Austrotas to volume 1. It includes practice commentary and cross references to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure and the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure. The Timetable has columns for   …Continue Reading How Much Time is Allowed for this Civil Action?

Potluck Dinners Posted on Nov 27

A law effective November 3, 2014 prohibits state and local departments of health from regulating the serving of food brought to potluck dinners sponsored by a group of individuals or by a religious, charitable, or nonprofit organization by individuals attending the potluck event for consumption   …Continue Reading Potluck Dinners

Where Can I Read the New Immigration Law? Posted on Nov 26

Despite news reports to the contrary, President Obama did not issue an Executive Order on immigration last week.  There is no one order or document for you to read.  Instead, he announced “executive action.” While this phrase can have different meanings, in this case, it   …Continue Reading Where Can I Read the New Immigration Law?

Eyewitness Identification — Take A Closer Look Posted on Nov 21

The Committee on Science, Technology and Law, recently released a report on the practice of eyewitness identification. The report can be read online or downloaded at no charge. For media coverage about the report see the CSTL page. For materials available at the Trial Court Law Libraries, search the   …Continue Reading Eyewitness Identification — Take A Closer Look

Sculpture in the Courthouse and the Law Library Posted on Nov 16

At a time when law libraries are redefining themselves as a set of services rather than a place, there still may be a bit of time to value the place or the object within the place. Justice has long been personified, and artists have created   …Continue Reading Sculpture in the Courthouse and the Law Library

“First Major Overhaul of Rules of Professional Conduct in 17 years” – Mass. Lawyers Weekly Posted on Nov 13

According to the November 10, 2014 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, oral argument on proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct will be heard by the Supreme Judicial Court on December 18th, 2014 at 10 AM, as there are significant differences with the current Massachusetts Rules   …Continue Reading “First Major Overhaul of Rules of Professional Conduct in 17 years” – Mass. Lawyers Weekly

ElderLaw Portfolio Series Posted on Nov 9

The newest release for the ElderLaw Portfolio Series updates portfolio number 14, Veteran’s benefits for the elderly. This portfolio covers a veteran’s eligibility for benefits as well as the claims process, and practicing before the VA. The release also adds a new portfolio to the series,   …Continue Reading ElderLaw Portfolio Series

Report Shows Civil Legal Aid Funding Inadequate in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 6

A Boston Bar Association task force issued a report in October 2014 entitled Investing in Justice: A Roadmap to Cost- Effective Funding of Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts.   It states that sixty four percent of low income people in Massachusetts seeking civil legal assistance were denied services last year.  The reason   …Continue Reading Report Shows Civil Legal Aid Funding Inadequate in Massachusetts