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Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts

Excel in the research of primary and secondary sources

1880135B00
10/15/2015
380 pages in 1 volume (printed book)
3rd Edition 2009, with 2012 & 2015 Supplements
© 2015 MCLE, Inc.
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A necessity for legal research, the Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts shows you how to excel in the research of primary and secondary sources for Massachusetts case law, statutory law and regulatory authorities. The Handbook provides a sound basis in many sources of basic public law in Massachusetts. Researchers unfamiliar with Massachusetts legal materials will find background explanation, bibliographic information and related research guides for major areas of law.

Recent updates:

  • Update: October 2015

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for choosing to keep your copy of the Handbook of Massachusetts Legal Research current with this 2015 supplementary issue. Inside, you will find updated material, including:

    • in Chapter 3, there have been many updates to the source URLs for Massachusetts legislative history;
    • Chapter 4 offers updated reference information for sources of advance sheets, administrative decisions, identification of electronic database providers, as well as news on developments in the electronic publishing industry;
    • in Chapter 5, there is practical information to direct the reader to sources for court rules, including the specialized rules of the seven court departments of the Massachusetts Trial Court;
    • Chapter 7 provides an updated list of state agencies that conduct adjudicatory hearings, and also advises as to developments in the availability of primary law sources such as conflict of interest opinions and annual reports; and
    • Chapter 8 updates the reader on Internet sources for tax materials, including opinions of the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.

    These are just a few of the new issues covered and topics addressed in the 2015 supplement.

    We at MCLE thank you for your business, and we trust that you will find this material useful in your research and valuable in keeping your law library current.

    Cordially,

    Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

  • Update: August 2012

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for choosing to keep your copy of the Handbook of Massachusetts Legal Research current with this 2012 supplementary issue. Inside, you will find updated material, including:

    • In Chapter 2: STATUTES AND SESSION LAWS, an updated chart showing sources for Massachusetts Superior Court decisions online.
    • In Chapter 5: RULES OF COURT, new listings, both in print and electronic, for a variety of court rules sources.
    • In Chapter 6: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW - REGULATIONS, ORDERS, DECISIONS, OPINIONS, an updated directory of state agencies conducting adjudicatory hearings.
    • In Chapter 7: MUNICIPAL LAW, discussion of the rapid changes that have taken place in Massachusetts in the last few years on the issue of what a plaintiff must show in order to be sufficiently "aggrieved" by municipal law decisions.

    These are just a few of the new issues covered and topics addressed in the 2012 supplement.

    We at MCLE thank you for your business, and we trust that you will find this material useful in your research and valuable in keeping your law library current.

    Cordially,

    Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

  • Update: June 2009

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for choosing to keep current on legal research in Massachusetts with this revised edition of the Handbook of Legal Research in Massachusetts.

    Inside, you will find discussion of many new developments in legal research. For example:

    • See Chapter 1 for a discussion of recent interpretation of the Declaration of Rights affording more extensive protection of individual rights than afforded by the federal constitution, In deciding whether Article 12 should be given a more expansive interpretation than the corresponding rights under the federal constitution, it is not enough to rely on the text itself; it is necessary to examine the text, history, and prior interpretations of Article 12. See Commonwealth v. Gonzales, 452 Mass. 142, 154–55 (2008).
    • See Chapter 3 for information on the Massachusetts' legislative web site and other tools whereby to track the progress of legislation.
    • See Exhibit 3A for an updated chart that sets forth information on how to access legislative materials, including their source, medium coverage, updates, and price.
    • See Chapter 4 for updated information regarding the jurisdiction of the Supreme Judicial Court, including a discussion of its "general superintendence of all courts of inferior jurisdiction to correct and prevent errors and abuses therein if no other remedy is expressly provided." G.L. c. 211, § 3. Chapter 4 also provides citations to cases wherein this extraordinary remedy has been exercised to protect important substantive rights that cannot be remedied through the normal appellate process.
    • See Chapter 5 for an updated bibliography of sources for various state and federal rules.
    • See Chapter 7 for in-depth discussion of the 2008 decision, Taylor v. Bd. of Appeals of Lexington, 451 Mass. 270, regarding the denial of a comprehensive permit and the applicant's avenues of relief.

    We at MCLE trust that you will find this revised edition useful in your practice and valuable in keeping your law library current.

    Cordially,

    Maryanne G. Jensen, Esq., Director of Publications

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - The Massachusetts Constitution and Structure of Government (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - Statutes and Session Laws (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Massachusetts Legislative Procedure and History (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - The Judicial System (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Rules of Court (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Administrative Law Regulations, Orders, Decisions, Opinions (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Municipal Law (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - State Tax Law (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Electronic Legal Research (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 10 - Legal Collections in Massachusetts (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 11 - Selected Legal Research Resources (Buy Chapter)

Editor(s)

Author(s)

Hon. Margot Botsford, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Laurel E. Davis, Esq., Boston College Law School Library, Newton Centre
Brian J. Harkins, Esq., Social Law Library, Boston
Jootaek Lee, Esq., Northeastern University School of Law/Library, Boston
Judith A. Saint-Amour, Esq., State Appellate Tax Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Frank J. Scharaffa, Esq., State Appellate Tax Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston

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