801 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

New ABA pro bono program gives Mary Ryan a firsthand look at immigration at the border

“Part of the whole point, I think, in the ABA making this opportunity available is so that people can talk about it to people who care what’s happening on the border but can’t go themselves,” says Mary Ryan, an environmental litigator at Nutter McClennen & Fish in Boston. “It will make you a better advocate.”

ADA questions remain over web accessibility cases and the lack of DOJ regulations

Disability rights advocates say web accessibility, the practice of designing and coding websites so that people with disabilities can use them, can be accomplished through simple changes, such as changing color contrast and adding video captions. However, the legal landscape surrounding web accessibility has become more complex.

Law firm awarded $900K in suit contending departing lawyers took confidential files

A former Boston law firm has been awarded $900,000 in its suit claiming that departing lawyers breached their duty of loyalty when they took the firm’s electronic database of files…

Federal judge blocks ICE from making civil immigration arrests at courthouses

On Thursday, a federal judge in Boston granted a preliminary injunction that blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts.

U.S. District Judge…

In states where inmates can vote, few exercise their right to cast ballots
When Sen. Bernie Sanders championed voting rights for prisoners during a CNN town hall, he spotlighted an intensifying national debate about why going to prison means losing the right to vote.
Former Willkie co-chair pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Gordon Caplan, the former co-chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an accusation that he paid $75,000 to a college admissions consultant to have an exam proctor…

2 US law firms lost over $117K to international cybercrime network, indictment alleges
A law firm in Washington, D.C., and a law office in Wellesley, Massachusetts, are among the victims of malware attacks by an overseas cybercrime network.
Judge faces obstruction of justice charges; ICE says she helped immigrant evade courthouse arrest
A Newton District Court judge and a state court officer are facing criminal charges for allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the courthouse in April 2018.
Compelled-password decision is ‘death knell’ for Fifth Amendment, state justice argues

A defendant can be compelled to enter a password to his cellphone as long as prosecutors prove just one thing, Massachusetts’ top court has ruled.

Prosecutors must show beyond a…

How the Americans with Disabilities Act could change the way the nation’s jails and prisons treat addiction
Before Geoffrey Pesce got on methadone, his addiction to heroin and oxycodone nearly destroyed him: He lost his home, his job, custody of his son—and his driver’s license. So even after he began to rebuild his life, Pesce relied on his parents to drive him to a methadone clinic for his daily dose. One day last July, his mother was unexpectedly unavailable, and desperate not to relapse, he drove himself.
Fugitive firm partner sentenced for $1.9M real estate fraud scheme perpetrated under fake identity

A former partner at Hunton & Williams, now known as Hunton Andrews Kurth since early last year, who was using a fake identity when he ran a fraudulent real estate…

18 LeClairRyan lawyers jump to growing law firm to open office in Boston

Eighteen lawyers are leaving LeClairRyan to open a Boston office for Freeman Mathis & Gary, a law firm that began with three lawyers in Atlanta more than two decades ago.

Nearly 70 ex-judges ask ICE to stop courthouse arrests; US attorney defends agency amid controversy

Nearly 70 former federal and state judges are asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop making arrests at courthouses. The judges’ Dec. 12 letter asks ICE to add courthouses to its lists of sensitive locations where arrests are barred.

Federal judge warns of possible sanctions after lawyer files complaint in screenplay format

A federal judge in Boston has warned a Lowell, Massachusetts, lawyer about the possibility of Rule 11 sanctions after he filed a federal complaint against the judges on the state’s…

Panama Papers leak that shuttered law firm leads to US indictment of lawyer, three others
A Massachusetts accountant and a Panamanian lawyer are among four people charged in a federal indictment stemming from the so-called Panama Papers leak of hacked legal documents.

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