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Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder posted on Jan 28

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 123, Section 35 permits the courts to involuntarily commit someone whose alcohol or drug creates “a likelihood of serious harm” to themselves or others. The law has provided that if there are no treatment beds available for women committed under that section, they   …Continue Reading Addiction Treatment Instead of Prison for Women With Substance Abuse Disorder

Spanish Legal Website posted on Nov 3

The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (BBA LRS) is a public service provided by the Boston Bar Association.  Recently, the BBA LRS launched a new Spanish-language website. The Lawyer Referral Service is “the BBA’s largest public service program and has a specific commitment to   …Continue Reading Spanish Legal Website

Massachusetts Elections Statistics posted on Sep 29

PD43+ is a searchable database for Massachusetts elections statistics, extracted from the biannual report of voter registration, turnout, and election results put together by the Massachusetts Secretary’s Office, also known as Public Document 43.  This website is a great resource for those interested in Massachusetts   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Elections Statistics

Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings posted on Jul 29

On July 23, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law House Bill 228, “An Act Permitting Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings.”  Chapter 182 of the Acts of 2014, amends Chapter 136, Section 6, Paragraph 52 by striking out the words “12:00 noon” and inserting the   …Continue Reading Sales of Alcohol on Sunday Mornings

Prompt Evidentiary Hearings Ordered for G.L.c. 209A Cases posted on Jul 3

A plaintiff who requested an abuse prevention order was entitled to a prompt evidentiary hearing under G.L.c. 209A despite the fact that the defendant was facing possible consequences in his criminal proceedings if he were to testify in the Chapter 209A proceeding. “Barring an agreement   …Continue Reading Prompt Evidentiary Hearings Ordered for G.L.c. 209A Cases

Anti-Shackling Bill Signed into Law posted on Jun 3

Governor Deval Patrick signed an anti-shackling bill into law on May 15, 2014, making Massachusetts the 21st state to abolish the harmful and brutal practice of restraining incarcerated women who are pregnant, in labor, or in the postpartum period. The law, St. 2014, c.103, “An Act   …Continue Reading Anti-Shackling Bill Signed into Law

Famous Trials Online posted on Nov 29

Famous Trials in American history is a website, created by Professor Douglas O. Linder and maintained by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, that tells the stories of over 70 famous cases, by using a mix of transcripts, testimony, maps, pictures, audio clips, primary documents, links,   …Continue Reading Famous Trials Online

Drug Information posted on Nov 3

Are you looking for information on a medication but don’t have the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR)?  Try RxList, the Internet Drug Index, for medications, prescription drug information, supplements (vitamins, herbs, and dietary supplements), explanation of diseases, conditions and tests, symptom checker, pill identifier, medical dictionary, and pharmacy locator   …Continue Reading Drug Information

Judgment of $40 Million Entered In Custody Case posted on Sep 3

Last week, in Bower v. El-Nady, et al. (August 27, 2013), a divorced mother who fled to Egypt, taking her two children with her without the consent of the children’s father and in violation of a Massachusetts court order granting sole custody to the children’s father, has   …Continue Reading Judgment of $40 Million Entered In Custody Case

Joined a Health Club Lately? posted on Mar 3

Health clubs in Massachusetts are failing to comply with state laws requiring them to display membership prices and fees as well as failing to display a consumer’s three-day right to cancel health club contracts according to state regulators.  In a press release issued on February 27,   …Continue Reading Joined a Health Club Lately?