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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 & Podcasts

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

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Safer-at-Home Advisory from Mas.gov

Reopening Massachusetts  

National Governors Association.  Important resource for multiple topics.

Massachusetts Attorney General's Resources During COVID-19  Rights for workers, multi-lingual resources on earned sick time, proect yourself from frauds and scams, health care and insurance, child care and other resources for families, resources for immigrant communities, students and student borrowers, protecting your civil rights, small businesses, domestic violence and sexual assault resources.

Massachusetts Attorney Generals; COVID-19 Fraud and Scam Online Resources LIst

eResource: Consumers' Checkbook has new COVID-19 scam alerts.  Use your Newton resident library card to access through the A-Z List under our eResources tab on the homepage.

Federal Trade Commission Coronavirus Advice for Consumers.  Avoid COVID-19 scams

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert: COVID-19 SCAMS,  Scams to be aware to avoid.

U.S. Department of Justice Coronavirus Response.  Report consumer fraud

Massachusetts Law About COVID-19 from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

MassLegalHelp.org for  help with Massachusetts legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

USA.gov  Financial Assistance after a Disaster

For emergency relief bills and others, go to CONGRESS.GOV.

For dislocated worker grants, workplace safety and more, go to DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.

 

 

DialALawyer

New! Trial Court Help Line The Help Line will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling 833-91COURT (912-6878)

Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer

Free legal advice is offered on the first Wednesday of each month (occasional exceptions).

Call (617) 338-0610 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The next Dial-A-Lawyer Wednesday will be April 1, 2020 

2020: June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2 (there may be exceptions)

When you would like to hire an attorney for a fee and need a lawyer referral

 

  1. Get an instant online referral here
  2. Call us to speak to a trained LRS representative*
  3. (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.) at (617) 654-0400 or (866) 627-7577

Massachusetts: Virtual Court

AALL Logo

American Association of Law Libraries.  Public Library Toolkit. Beginning with a section on general legal research, scroll down for STATE-SPECIFIC PUBLIC LIBRARY TOOLKITS.  Click on the state you need, example: Massachusetts

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If you would like to use Ask a Law Librarian a question, you may chat, send an email, or request a document.

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.

 

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!

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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