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BBA Hosts Suffolk DA Candidate Forum
Along with our six affinity bars as co-sponsors, we held a forum last night at 16 Beacon for candidates seeking to replace Suffolk County DA Dan Conley. (Left to Right) Candidates Rachael Rollins, Greg Henning, Shannon McAuliffe, Evandro Carvalho and Mike Maloney joined us. Click below to watch the livestream of the program, and read our recap here.
Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY19 Budget
We are pleased to share that the FY19 state budget contains a lot of good news for the access-to-justice line items we've supported all year. Click below to learn how the BBA budget priorities fared.
Important Protections for Vulnerable Immigrant Youth Included in FY19 Budget

We are also very grateful that the Governor and Legislature included important protections for immigrant youth Included in the budget. Long-supported by the BBA through both amicus and legislative advocacy, read more about this long-overdue measure for abandoned, abused, and neglected youth.

Supporting Freedom for All Massachusetts “Yes on 3” Campaign
Read reflections from volunteers who spent a day canvassing with Freedom for All MA and learn what you can do to help protect transgender rights.
Foley Hoag Counsel Reflects on Pro Bono Experience at the Border
Christopher Hart shares his experience volunteering at an immigrant family detention center in Dilley, Texas earlier this month, counseling women and children seeking asylum. In June, the BBA Council unanimously endorsed a letter from American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen opposing family separation.
Massachusetts Legislature Passes Civics Education Requirement
This week, the Massachusetts legislature passed important provisions requiring an expanded civics curriculum in public schools. Learn more about why the BBA supports this important reform!
Supreme Judicial Court Approves Pro Hac Vice Fee Increase
Learn more about the new order, supported by the BBA, amending SJC Rule 3:15 to raise the pro hac vice admission fee. This rule change will increase funds for necessary legal services.
In Case You Missed It
Trial Court Eliminates Position of Official Court Reporter; Issues Directive on Recordings
As anticipated, the Trial Court ended its use of official court reporters at the end of June. You can read the directive and reporting on this shift here.
Federal bar hopes bench follows state’s lead on voir dire
Following the adoption of new voir dire rules in State Courts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly covers calls, from attorneys practicing there, for the federal court to similarly adopt a local rule on voir dire. Also check out comments from the BBA Criminal Law Section on the recently adopted District Court Protocol.
Committee on Grand Jury Proceedings Submits Final Report on Best Practices
Read more about the Final Report on Best Practices in making Presentments to the Grand Jury and the BBA Comments submitted on behalf of the Ethics Committee and Criminal Law Section.
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