Monday, February 21, 2005

Health Law Professors Blog 

Interested in keeping current on all things having to do with health law? Then take a look at HealthLawProfBlog a blog devoted to health law by S. Elizabeth Malloy, Professor of Law & Director - Weaver Institute of Law & Psychiatry Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law, and Thomas W. Mayo, Associate Professor of Law - SMU School of Law & Adjunct Associate Professor - Univ. of Texas, Southwestern Medical School (Dallas) .
Source: TVC Alert

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

SJC Rejects Challenge to Public School Funding 

Although acknowledging inadequacies in schooling, the Supreme Judicial Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the state's landmark 1993 Education Reform law. The text of the decision is available by clicking on opinions on the Court's web page and the Boston Globe has more.

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Monday, February 14, 2005

Massachusetts Same-Sex Marriage News 

The SJC has agreed to hear an appeal to the Goodridge case, which legalized same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth. "The appeal asks the Court to stay its decision so that the process currently underway to amend the state's constitution by defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman can proceed...." From the Thomas Moore Law Center, who filed the appeal on behalf of C. Joseph Doyle, the executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts.
Source: The Paper Chase

Also, in local news, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, who originally opposed the SJC ruling in Goodridge, has come out in support of the Court's decision in that case. See the Boston Globe for more.

Source: The Paper Chase

For more resources on this topic, see the Suffolk Law Library's Same-Sex Marriage Guide.

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Report Points to Court Staffing Problems 

A nine month staffing study by the National Center for State Courts points to disparities in court staffing throughout the Commonwealth. The Staffing Model Report can be found online at http://www.mass.gov/courts/staffingmodelreport.html. The Boston Globe has more.

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

SJC Decision Upholds Default Judgment Against Globe 

The SJC just released a decision that upheld a default judgment against the Boston Globe for failing to reveal confidential sources after order by the trial judge. See Robert J. Ambrogi's account of this decision on Media Law for more.

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Westlaw Introduces SmartTools 

Westlaw recently introduced a new feature called SmartTools. You can demo it here. "Smart Tools offer you alternatives for terms that appear out of context even though spelled correctly (statute of limitations for statue of limitations). They flag misspelled words and acronyms (HIPAA for HIPPA). And Smart Tools suggest related terms of art such as "frustration of purpose" for "impossibility of performance."' Source: inter alia

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