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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

November is National Caregiver Month.

Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program

This program can help you care for a member of your family. A Caregiver Specialist will create a plan and give you tips and support.

AARP provides a map of those states which have passed the CARE Act.

Massachusetts is one of those states.

 

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A searchable database of Massachusetts historical election information, all from Public Document 43.

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.

2018September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

 

DialALawyer

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. 

Register for E-mail Notification by Topic

Reporter of Decisions: New and archived published and unpublished opinions

State Legislature Website

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

 

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources:
For additional information and resources, visit:
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Taunton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org