Massachusetts

819 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

Appeals court won’t use word ‘grandfathering’ because of racist origins
The Massachusetts Appeals Court has taken a stand against the word “grandfathering” in a footnote highlighting its racist origins.
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Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court…

2020 state of the profession report shows dearth of lawyers in rural areas, attorney debt struggles
Some states with the highest amount of lawyers per capita also have rural areas with few, if any, attorneys, according to the 2020 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession.
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Most judges say systemic racism exists in criminal justice system

Sixty-five percent of 634 judges responding to a survey said they think systemic racism exists in the criminal justice system.…

New York and Illinois join others moving to October online bar exam; another jurisdiction grants diploma privilege
In light of public health concerns, Illinois and New York have joined the growing list of states that canceled in-person bar exams, with plans for an October remote test offered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
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Some BigLaw firms will earn big bucks in retail bankruptcies

Several large law firms will likely earn millions of dollars representing retailers such as Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and J.C.…

In light of COVID-19 public health interests, 2 more states opt for online bar exams
Massachusetts and Florida announced Wednesday that they will administer remote bar exams because of COVID-19 concerns.
Ex-eBay workers accused of sending live spiders, cockroaches to blogging couple writing about lawsuit
Six former eBay employees are facing federal charges for an alleged harassment campaign against a suburban Boston couple who blogged about the company in their online e-commerce newsletter.
Judge blocks ICE courthouse arrests in New York, stresses need for ‘fully functioning state courts’
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests at courthouses in New York are illegal.
Harvard Law will be online-only for the fall 2020 term
Harvard Law School will be online for the fall 2020 term because of concerns that testing and monitoring of the novel coronavirus will not be fully available by that point.
Proposal would require New Jersey lawyers to reveal client information showing wrongful conviction
An ethics proposal in New Jersey would create an exception to the duty of client confidentiality when a lawyer has information that an innocent person has been wrongly incarcerated.
Lawyer contends ‘SILENCE. (BOOM SHAKALAKA)’ satisfies ethics rule; top state court disagrees
Lowell, Massachusetts, lawyer Ilya Liviz says he did respond to the bar counsel's request for information in a bar inquiry, and that response was adequate.
Why exotic dancers and other gig workers are seeing employment law gains, COVID-19 losses

“The coronavirus is exposing the dangers of being a gig worker—you have no benefits, no health care, and no one to one to speak for you,” says lawyer Michael P. Maslanka, a labor and employment law expert in Texas. “I think this crisis is so severe that it will change the mindsets of the people, and when the mindsets of the people change, laws change.”

Judge orders reopening of gun stores in Second Amendment challenge
A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the opening of gun stores in the state in a challenge to Gov. Charlie Baker’s shutdown of nonessential businesses.
First state plans for online bar exam if in-person test is not possible
If the novel coronavirus pandemic prevents a bar exam from being safely administered in person, the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners will offer an online test, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced Thursday.

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