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Portraits in Massachusetts Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates. These pages provide links to biographical information abut people who have been particularly important in legal history in Massachusetts, as our government took shape in the cauldron of the American Revolution and grew and changed throughout ...Continue Reading Portraits in Massachusetts Law: Lucy Stone
Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is suffrage. suffrage (sәf-rji). (14c) 1. the right or privilege of casting a vote at a public election. – Also termed right to vote. ...Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – suffrage
In order to help navigating in and around our series about standing that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Words(s) of the month – standing posted October 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor ...Continue Reading Index to blog post series about standing
Ecosystems, such as lakes, valleys, and forests, are treated by the courts, for the most part, in the same way that animals or species are, when it comes to legal standing to sue. (See our recent posts: Do Animals Have Standing? parts 1 & 2) ...Continue Reading Do Ecosystems Have Standing?
A dolphin walked up to the bar in Massachusetts, but was told it had no standing. Well, at least legally. A male dolphin named Kama was named as a plaintiff in a case in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts ...Continue Reading Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 2: Animals filing as individuals
“[The Palila] wings its way into the federal court as a plaintiff in its own right.” With these words in 1988, the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 9th Circuit gave hope to animal rights supporters everywhere that animals could finally sue ...Continue Reading Do Animals Have Standing to Sue? Part 1: Animals filing as species.
“Corporations are people, my friend.”— Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, (Aug. 11. 2011) Artificial person. (17c) An entity, such as a corporation, created by law and given certain legal rights and duties of a human being; a being, real or imaginary, who for the ...Continue Reading Do Corporations Have Standing?
From Justice William O. Douglas’ dissent in Sierra Club v Morton, 405 U.S. 727, 741 (1972) : “The critical question of ‘standing’ would be simplified and also put neatly in focus if we fashioned a federal rule that allowed environmental issues to be litigated before federal ...Continue Reading Do Trees Have Standing?
Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is standing. standing n. (1924) A party’s right to make a legal claim or seek judicial enforcement of a duty or right. • To have ...Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – standing
In order to help navigating in and around our series about codification that was posted during the last two weeks, the following index may help: Word(s) of the month – codification, posted September 16, 2019, from Black’s Law Dictionary, 10th ed., Bryan A. Garner, Editor in Chief, ...Continue Reading Index to blog post series about codification
“The United States Code is prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel (“OLRC”) of the U.S. House of Representatives pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 285b. The Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter. ...Continue Reading Codification of Federal Law Today
“For some inexplicable reason, the early publications of the laws of the United States have not captured the attention of legal bibliographers as have the state session laws. If one may judge by the scarcity of commercial publications, it would seem that the federal laws ...Continue Reading Historical Codifications of Federal Law
“One of the most serious problems with the trend toward exclusively researching legal material online – and in making certain legal resources available only electronically – is that in most states, there is no system or set of standards for how legal information should be ...Continue Reading Access to Justice: Authentication as a Social Justice Issue
“Providing information online is integral to the conduct of state government in the 21st century. The ease and speed with which information can be created, updated, and distributed electronically, especially in contrast to the time required for the production of print materials, enables governments to ...Continue Reading Ensuring Authenticity in the Massachusetts Code
Massachusetts Law Updates regularly features “Words of Law”, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today, as part of our series about the codification of law, we will offer a definition of the word authentication from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, as ...Continue Reading Second Word of the Month – authentication
In the blog post “Codification of Massachusetts law today”, reference is made to the chapter on “Statutes and Session Laws” in Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts, which says “The official edition of the General Laws has been published in paperbound format since 1984.” The only official version ...Continue Reading Accessing the Codification of Massachusetts law in print and online
To follow up on yesterday’s blog post, “Historical Codifications of Massachusetts Law”, recodifying the law every twenty years or so became a burdensome process. “Before 1921, few, if any of the Acts and Resolves passed during a legislative session were written to mesh with the ...Continue Reading Codification of Massachusetts Law Today
Following up on yesterday’s blog post, “Word(s) of the Month – codification“, we can take a look at historical codifications of Massachusetts law. “The earliest codification of laws in Massachusetts was the 1649 codification, the Book of the General Lawes and Libertyes, which incorporated the ...Continue Reading Historical Codifications of Massachusetts Law
Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s word is codification. codification (kod-ә-fi-kay-shәn), n. (1802) 1. The process of compiling, arranging, and systematizing the laws of a given jurisdiction, or of a ...Continue Reading Word(s) of the month – codification