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Announcements on MLS

Supreme Judicial Court approves pro hac vice fee

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:41pm -- RHahn
The Supreme Judicial Court announced on April 12, 2012 that it had adopted a new Rule 3:15, establishing a fee for admission pro hac vice.  The fees will be given to the IOLTA Committee for distribution through normal channels to legal assistance projects for low-income individuals and families.  The new rule takes effect September 4, 2012.
The final rule provides that a lawyer admitted to practice in another jurisdiction, but not in Massachusetts, shall pay a $301 registration fee to the Board of Bar Overseers for permission to practice in Superior Court, t

Massachusetts SJC Publishes Proposed Pro Hac Vice Rule for Comment

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 11:05am -- RHahn

The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee has published a proposed new rule establishing a Pro Hac Vice fee for Massachusetts.  Comments are due by March 9, 2012.

The new rule would charge out-of-state lawyers a $300 per case registration fee for each case, unless the lawyer is providing pro bono publico services to an indigent client.  The fees will be given to the IOLTA Committee and distributed along with other IOLTA revenue.

Mass. Supreme Judicial Court rules in favor of health coverage for legal immigrants

Thu, 01/05/2012 - 11:29am -- RHahn

The SJC has issued its decision in Finch, the case brought by Health Law Advocates contesting the denial of full Commonwealth Care benefits to legal immigrants who did not qualify for federal Medicaid reimbursement. See Healh Care for All's blog for further discussion fo the case, as well as a link to the decision.

MLRI Urges Congressional Super Committee to Spare Safety Net Programs from Cuts

Wed, 10/05/2011 - 3:29pm -- georgiakatsoulomitis

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute submitted a letter and Briefing Paper (available below), to Senator John Kerry, a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("the Super Committee"), urging the Senator and his fellow Committee members to protect safety net programs from cuts during the deficit reduction deliberations.

SJC Establishes Pro Bono Recognition Program

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 10:40am -- RHahn

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has established a Pro Bono Recognition program to honor each year those law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorneys offices, non-profit organizations and law school faculties which certify that, in the relevant time period, they have devoted at least 50 hours per year to pro bono work (individual attorneys) or more than 75% of Massachusetts attorneys at a law firm have provided at least 25 hours of pro bono services.  For more information, see the SJC website,

Diverging Destinies: The Commonwealth's Relatively Robust But Imbalanced Economic Recovery

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 10:16am -- RHahn

August 2011 report by Michael Goodman and Robert Nakosteen for the Journal of the Massachusetts Economy, discussing how the state's overall economic recovery masks widening inequality in education innovation and incomes, as well as growing regional imbalances.


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