Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Mass ATJ Commission Proposes Adding Access Issues to Bar Exam

This is a great idea, and also an illustration of how Commissions can push the envelope. The Massachusetts Commission has proposed to the state Board of Bar Examiners that access to justice issues be added to the bar exam.  Memo … Continue reading

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Procedurally and Substantively Interesting Right to Counsel Case in Mass

It may be no surprise that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found a right to counsel in child adoption proceedings in which the adoption is sought by a private party, and the petition is opposed. (Follow this link, select SJC … Continue reading

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Nice Resource Center for Publc Libraries as Access Point

In another of the ongoing follow-ups to last year’s Public Libraries and Access to Justice Conference, the Newton Mass public Library has launched its Legal Resources Self Help Center. Intended for the public library user and nonlaw librarian, this Legal … Continue reading

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Mass Charges Fee to Challenge Moving Violation — State Supreme Ct Challenge — Indigent Court Costs Statute

That’s right.  In venerable Massachusetts, you have to pay a fee to challenge a traffic ticket (Boston Globe story). A challenge is now pending in the SJC (Supreme Judicial Court — Docket entries and briefs here).  The statistics appear to … Continue reading

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Important State Supreme Court (Mass) Decision on Pooled Mortgage Foreclosures — Reflections on the Long Term Impact of Failures in the Access to Justice System

Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and others, are reporting an important State Supreme Court case on foreclosures by financial institutions that claim to own interests in pooled mortgages.  The Financial Times has a good explanation and backgrounder. Here is the decision. … Continue reading

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