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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Legal Blogs

Legal Feeds & Blogs from LOC

Links from the Law Library Division of The Library of Congress to RSS feeds and Email Subscriptions.

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Legal News Websites - Keyword or Topic

Jurist is one source for keeping up with national legal news of interest.

Search for news by topic or keyword using the links below.

Massachusetts Laws in the News

For recent legislation, search the Session Laws which are arranged in chronological order.  For current bills before the Massachusetts General Court (legislature), click on Bills Search.  Sign up to receive a free State House newsletter called MASSterList.

For a specific day's legislative information, search the Senate and House Journals.

Cases in the News

Federal News

USA.gov

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Historical News

The main index generally covers the years 1878-1937, although there are selected entries for earlier and later dates. Entries include obituaries, coverage of political events, speeches, dedications, visits of foreign dignitaries and general news events. The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, and Boston Transcript were indexed most consistently, although there are entries for other newspapers as well. A later index, covering the years 1960 to 1983, includes articles from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald which are primarily political or governmental in nature.

Legal Periodicals Searching

Use the advanced search feature in Gale's Academic OneFile database to limit search to legal journals.  Also try Google Advanced Scholar Search for searching legal journals. If you have a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card, search HeinOnline.

What's New or Timely

 

From Newton Mayor Setti Warren's Newsletter 12/08/2017

Information on Weekend Snow for Newton Residents

Dear Resident,

Drivers should use caution when driving Saturday December 9th afternoon and evening, as there could be slippery conditions on the roads due to snow.

Residents should be aware of the following information:
  • There will be a parking restriction Sunday, December 10th, 1am - 8am. No cars can be parked on the street at this time.
  • Residents are encouraged to check www.newtonma.gov for updates on the timing of snow emergencies, potential building closures, or any additional information related to the storm.
  • Any power outages should be reported to Eversource at 800-592-2000.
  • As always, emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
  • Please be reminded that City ordinance requires all residents to clear their sidewalk within 24 hours of the conclusion of the storm.

Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer offers free legal advice on the first Wednesday of each month.

December 6, 2017, January 3 and February 7, 2018

call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service

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Bills in the news --Track Congress with Govtrak.us.

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Click, then scroll down beneath the listing and look for the tabs in a row for text, actions, amendments and more.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Alert from the American Library Association about Net Neutrality to help you understand what it encompasses and what you can do to voice your opinion. See excerpt below.

"Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally."

"We have set up an email tool so you can make your voice heard with your member of Congress in advance of the December 14 vote."

MASSterList.  News from Beacon Hill

New & Recent Published Opinions (and Lists of Unpublished Decisions): Newly published opinions and a list of unpublished opinions for judgments. 

Register for E-mail Notification by Topic

Reporter of Decisions: New and archived published and unpublished opinions

State Legislature Websites

 

 

 

 

In Your Opinion

Want to write an op ed or letter to the editor?  Try this box for guidelines and contact information.

Massachusetts Legal Newspaper

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly ONLINE is available on Newton Free Library online with our e-journal logon, and through Gales's Massachusetts History Online (Gale)

  Date restrictions apply for accessing full text.  Allow 6 weeks for current issues.  Database begins with 2001.

HeinOnline is available with a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card.  You must apply in person for a library card.

Look for IMPORTANT OPINIONS OF THE WEEK on the front page column on Monday's print format.

THOMAS (Library of Congress) Daily Digest

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