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BBA Endorses Fix for Alimony-Deductibility Conundrum

The BBA Council has endorsed a measure designed to fix a problem that was created by a change in the 2017 federal tax-law overhaul.

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The First Amendment in the Digital Age

Monday, April 8, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM | Boston Bar Association

Join us for the third installment of the Future of Free Speech Series for an engaging discussion on the hottest First Amendment topics, including issues of privacy and surveillance, the impact of emerging technologies, and regulating digital platforms. Our expert panel includes Kade Crockford, Director of Technology for Liberty Program at ACLU-MA, Dipayan Ghosh, Pozen Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Vivek Krishnamurthy of Foley Hoag and the Berkman Klein Center.

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Budget Update: Priority Letter Sent to House Ways and Means Chair

As the state budget cycle continues, BBA President Jonathan Albano sent a letter to the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee outlining the Fiscal Year 2020 priorities for the BBA, including funding for civil legal aid, the Trial Court, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, and residential re-entry services.

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BBA Endorses Statement of Opinion Practices

Earlier this week, the BBA Council, at the request of the Business Transactions Section, endorsed a “Statement of Opinion Practices” and accompanying “Core Opinion Principles” that would establish a national basis for the preparation and understanding of third-party legal opinion letters.

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Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins Speaks at the BBA

We were pleased to welcome the new Suffolk County District Attorney to 16 Beacon Street last week, to hear about her formative experiences, her plans for the office, and her take on hiring and management.

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WorldBoston Delegation Meeting

On Monday, March 11, Boston Bar leaders welcomed a group of judges and judicial officials from Malaysia for a WorldBoston Delegation Meeting at 16 Beacon. The meeting included an exchange on judicial independence and civil rights, and the opportunity to connect with professionals from across the globe.

State House and Court News
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2019 Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence Now Available
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The Supreme Judicial Court Is Currently Evaluating Judges in the Juvenile Court, Probate and Family Court, and Housing Court in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties
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upcoming programs
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Legal Services Update: Immigration Detention Conditions Project
Monday, March 25, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Boston Bar Association
Attendees will hear about a new statewide project being launched by Prisoners’ Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, which will focus on advocating on behalf of immigrants civilly detained in the four Massachusetts detention centers.
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Post-Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking: Overview of New Massachusetts Law
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Boston Bar Association
This program will provide an overview of a new Massachusetts law designed to enable survivors of human trafficking to vacate Massachusetts criminal convictions related to their trafficking.
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CLE: The Supremes: A Review of Recent Labor and Employment Decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Judicial Court
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Boston Bar Association
Join us once again for a lively discussion of the recent employment decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.
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Legal and Policy Implications of the Border Crisis
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM | Boston Bar Association
This panel discussion will focus on the root causes of migration from Central America, a violence-plagued region that is generating caravans. Panelists will examine the legal and policy implications of the federal government's approach to immigration enforcement.
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Big Data & Analytics in State and Local Government
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 | 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Boston Bar Association
Join the Government Lawyers Forum for an interactive panel discussion on how state and local governments are using big data and analytics to innovate strategic planning, policymaking, and citizen engagement.
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Tweets of the week
Follow us: @BostonBar  @MikeAvitzurBBA  @SolanaGossBBA 
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Solana Goss   @SolanaGossBBA    Mar 18
Any @BostonBar members interested in assisting #Veterans with Discharge Upgrade cases? Find out more at bit.ly/2FlNbMp, including details on our April 25th training and the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership through @LSCatHarvardLaw
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Michael Avitzur   @MikeAvitzurBBA    Mar 18
@BostonBar leadership will be in DC in April—alongside @MassBar & leaders from across the US—to advocate for @LSCtweets and #PSLF. Proposed White House elimination of each would produce negative ramifications for access to justice, felt nationwide—esp. by low-income populations.
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Boston Bar   @BostonBar    Mar 19
Combatting the opioid epidemic continues to be the highest priority for federal and state health care prosecutors. Join @BostonBar at the upcoming CLE program on April 2, Opioid Diversion Enforcement Efforts & the Impact on Physicians and Patients: bit.ly/2WcgCWN

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