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New Massachusetts Civil Procedure Rules -- Must Include E-Mail Address on All Pleadings and on Appellate Court Briefs

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 4:25pm -- RHahn

Three Massachusetts court rules have been amended, effective May 1, 2010.  Amended Mass. Rule of Appellate Procedure 20 requires attorneys to include their e-mail address, if any, on the front cover of briefs and appendices.  Amended Mass. Rule of Civil procedure 11 requires attorneys and unrepresented parties to include their e-mail address, if any, on pleadings.  And Amended Mass Rule of Civil Procedure 10 adds a provision to allow the text of a document to appear on both sides of a page.

SJC Affirms Right of Privacy for Families in Shelter

Tue, 03/16/2010 - 9:50am -- RHahn
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that families residing in emergency shelter have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their bedrooms and that the shelter staff had neither actual nor apparent authority to give police consent to conduct a warrantless search, notwithstanding that the shelter director had a key and the shelter's policies said that staff could enter at any time to check for rules violations. MLRI and Mass.

LSC Releases Updated Report on the Justice Gap in America

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 11:37am -- RHahn

The Legal Services Corporation has issued an updated report entitled Documenting the Justice Gap in America:  The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans.  The report concludes that a major justice gap exists in the United States and that legal services program are forced to turn away more than half of those seeking legal helpon issues such as employment, domestic violence and foreclose due to insufficient resources.

Children of Immigrants Data Tool

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:50pm -- RHahn
The Urban Institute has a new interactive tool called Children of Immigrants Data Tool which enables you to generate charts on a statewide and national basis.  With the Data Tool, you can compare populations of children defined by the nativity and citizenship of the child or their parents. For example, you can look at data for children with immigrant parents or citizen children with noncitizen parents across a rich array of statistics.

Asset Coalition Toolkit for States

Fri, 07/31/2009 - 4:48pm -- RHahn

The Shriver Center has initiated the Asset Coalition Toolkit for States (ACTS) website, http://community-wealth.org/content/asset-coalition-toolkit-states. The Shriver Center describes the website as follows:  "A free national resource, ACTS provides tools for coalitions helping people build and protect their financial assets. ACTS was inaugurated at the Center for Social Development's "Innovating Asset Building in a Changing Economic Environment" conference of more than 200 state asset coalitions."

Language Access in State Courts -- Brennan Center Report

Wed, 07/22/2009 - 3:17pm -- RHahn

The Brennan Center for Justice has just released a report called Language Access in State Courts, http://www.brennancenter.org/publication/language-access-state-courts#su... The report reviews the legal obligations for Court Interpreter Programs, and includes detailed information about the extent to which the 35 states with the highest proportion of limited English speakers (including Massachusetts) comply with these requirements.

Google Adds Unemployment Rate Search and Display

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 11:45am -- RHahn

Google is rolling out a new search mechanism which will make it easier to find and compare public data. They have started with unemployment data. Now, if you go to the google search, and type in the following words -- unemployment rate -- followed by whatever state you want to see the information for, the first record that is returned should be a chart of the unemployment rate for that location. If you click on the chart, you will get an interactive record that allows you to compare the unemployment rate for your initial location with other locations in the US, including by county.

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