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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.

At-A-Glance

Try Dial-A-Lawyer: Free Legal Advice by Phone call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m."

Try Ask A Law Librarian!  Conduct an online chat with a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Librarian.

 

What's New or Timely

 
 
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The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Records of Rights: view a Petition of Rights in 1862  by seamstresses.

National Archives News
 
 
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Register by 
October 17, 2018

for the State Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018


 

Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer

Offers free legal advice on the first Wednesday of each month: Call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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Supreme Court of the United States

Oral Arguments by the week, plus transcripts, audio and much more. Search: JUSTIA: US LAW FOR U.S. CASE LAW.

To find opinions of a nominee for the Supreme Court , use Google Scholar and set radio button to Case Law search.

To find articles by a nominee for the Supreme Court, use Google Scholar and set radio button to Articles.  This may take you to HeinOnline.  Use that first if you have access, or ask a librarian to log you into the Social Law Library.  The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries is another source, either in person at one of the 17 law library locations, or asking online.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service 

Locations and Contact Information for Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Social Law Library

New! Ask  your Massachusetts public librarian to search Social Law Library databases

Massachusetts Public Libraries: LIBRARIANS LOGIN ONLY.

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

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

MASSterList.  News stories from Beacon Hill.  ALSO: Job Seekers: On Mondays, check the Job Board Listings!

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

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Reporter of Decisions: New and archived published and unpublished opinions

State Legislature Website