Massachusetts

768 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

Group in Harvard admissions case wants to show how school used to discriminate against Jews
In a federal lawsuit challenging Harvard University’s admission policies toward Asian-Americans, plaintiffs are seeking to introduce evidence about how the Ivy League school discriminated against Jewish applicants in the early 20th century.
Justice Department intervenes in support of Asian-American students suing Harvard
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit alleging that Harvard College discriminates against Asian-Americans with its affirmative action policy. The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Harvard Crimson have stories.
Ex-managing partner of Nutter McClennen office suspended amid misappropriation allegations

The former managing partner of a Nutter McClennen & Fish office in Massachusetts has been temporarily suspended amid allegations that he misappropriated funds from trust accounts and the law firm.

Former Hunton partner who disappeared 20 years ago pleads guilty to fraud using assumed identity
A former partner at Hunton & Williams who disappeared in 1997 before he was charged in an alleged Ponzi scheme pleaded guilty on Friday in a different investment scheme.
1881 Initiative aims to increase the number of female AGs
The Democratic Attorneys General Association has launched an initiative to elect more women to an underestimated position: state attorney general. DAGA’s 1881 Initiative is named for the first year two women ran for—and lost—state AG seats. The goal is to ensure that by 2022 at least half the Democratic attorneys general will be women.
Plaintiffs say Harvard gave Asian-American applicants lower ratings on personality traits

Plaintiffs suing Harvard over its admissions policies say the university depressed the number of Asian-American admittees partly by giving them lower ratings for likability and other personality traits.

Students for…

Top court in Massachusetts strikes down stun gun ban, says licensing requirement would be OK
The highest court in Massachusetts followed the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court when it struck down a state ban on civilians owning stun guns on Tuesday.
Video of lawyer wearing his Elsa dress pushing police vehicle out of snow goes viral
Attorney Jonathan Triplett was saving his costume of Queen Elsa from Frozen for a snowy day. Boston provided one Tuesday, when a nor'easter dumped more than 14 inches of snow at Logan Airport.
Court Watch NYC volunteers sit in courtrooms to monitor how prosecutors use their discretion
After years of focusing efforts on private prisons, mandatory sentences and money bail, people trying to change the criminal justice system have identified another target: prosecutors. In an influential book last year, Fordham University professor John Pfaff argued prosecutors were the main driver behind the soaring U.S. incarceration rate—almost always unwatched and unopposed. Left-leaning philanthropist George Soros and the ACLU, among others, are recruiting and funding district attorney candidates who promise to curtail the use of the death penalty, expand diversion programs and stop prosecuting low-level crimes. There is even a new stab at a Progressive Prosecutor’s Handbook.
Suit filed to block Trump’s proposed end of Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans, Haitians

Citing racial motivations, advocates in Massachusetts are suing the Trump administration for ending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from immigrants from El Salvador and Haiti.

The complaint, brought by…

New US attorney issues apparent warning as Massachusetts prepares for legalized marijuana
The new U.S. attorney for Massachusetts appeared to indicate Monday that legal marijuana sellers in the state could face federal prosecution.
Another lawsuit makes racketeering claims against state-legal marijuana business
Another lawsuit has been filed alleging Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against a marijuana business, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
Suit claims rival law firm copied billboard in effort to trick potential clients

A personal injury law firm in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit that contends a rival law firm copied the look of its billboard to cause confusion among potential clients.

The…

Massachusetts crime lab withheld exculpatory evidence in DUI cases, report finds

The leader of a Massachusetts crime lab that certifies the reliability of drunken-driving breath tests has been fired after a report found the office routinely withheld exculpatory evidence from defense…

Former law student says he recanted racial profiling claim because of FBI pressure

A former University of Virginia law student says he recanted a claim that he had been racially profiled by university police officers in 2011 because he was pressured during…

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