When appropriate, the BBA files an amicus brief to advocate a particular public policy position. Such was the case earlier this year, when the BBA supported the constitutionality of the "new" Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines which became effective on January 1, 2009 amid a challenge. The SJC's ruling
in Fathers and Families, Inc. & others vs. Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court & others is out. Happily, the SJC has affirmed the constitutionality of the guidelines. The BBA amicus brief
was drafted by Frances M. Giordano, Kelly A. Leighton, Gayle Stone Turesky, Lee Peterson and Alexander D. Jones.