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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.


Do you have a LAW QUESTION???  Ask a law librarian. 

ALSO: Dial-a-Lawyer for free, 5:30-7:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of every month.  Coming up 2017: March 1 ; April 5 ; May 3 ; June 7 ; July 5 ; August 2 ; September 6 ; October 4 ; November 1 ; December 6

"To use Dial-A-Lawyer, call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m."


What's New or Timely

IAN Nonprofit Resource Center

Greater Boston Legal Services - Immigration Unit (Boston Office)

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Irish International Immigration Center's Free Legal Clinics for Immigration Assistance Calendar in Boston


The Library of Congress : Women's History Month

Women's Suffrage Right : The Nineteenth Amendment

From the Timeline on Woman Suffrage [sic] in Massachusetts.


Polly Welts Kaufman’s Boston Women and City School Politics, 1872-1905 (New York: Garland, 1994) notes that the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution omits the word “male” as a qualification for elective office (but left as a qualification for voting).  Read more.

New England Historical Society

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Lydia Chapin Taft was the first woman to legally vote in New England.  Read more.


The cookbook was printed to raise money for the Woman Suffrage Association, and it included recipes from famous suffragists, Boston Brahmins, a governor’s wife and prominent women doctors, ministers and journalists.  Read more

Shannon Family Papers

From 1854 through 1856 Mary, Jr. attended West Newton English and Classical School under the tutelage of Nathaniel Topliff Allen. Mary, Sr.s active interest in educational reform, womens suffrage and the abolitionist movement influenced the younger Mary to lend her considerable social and financial influence to the numerous charities associated with these causes.  Read more.

The Wisdom of Immigrant Women: Lecture Series Explores How Female Immigrants Adapted to Life in Newton More than 100 Years Ago.

Lecture Series Calendar

Law About -- pick a topic and find Massachusetts and federal legislation, cases, agency regulations. and related forms.




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

2018:  January 3 , February 7 , March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

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

New! Ask a public librarian to search Social Law Library databases.  Librarians ONLY.

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Bills in the news --Track Congress with

MASSterList - your go-to source for Massachusetts political news and commentary. Every day.

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 Website

Supreme Court of the United States

Oral Arguments by the week, plus transcripts, audio and much more.