Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in MA
BBA President J.D. Smeallie has launched the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the task force will examine the unmet need for civil legal aid across the state and to determine the most cost effective way to meet that need. Among those serving on the task force are the general counsels of five major Massachusetts based companies, a former president of one of our major universities, our attorney general, the governor’s chief legal counsel, the managing partner of one of our largest law firms, and the current President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
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The BBA’s support of marriage equality came to the attention of the legal world when in 2002 we became one of the first bar associations in America to file an independent amicus brief in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health stating that denying civil marriage licenses to same sex couples is a violation of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights.
In recent years, the BBA has demonstrated support for advancing the cause of marriage equality in a variety of ways.
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From Issue Spot: Getting It Right - The BBA Seeks Reform of Drunk Driving Law
Eric Fullerton | Oct 07, 2013
On Wednesday, September 25th, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary held apublic hearing with 52 bills on the agenda. The hearing had a serious and often somber feel. A number of elected officials and 86 Massachusetts Police Chiefs testified. Perhaps the most gripping testimony came from family members of young people injured or killed in drunk-driving accidents.
The majority of oral testimony focused on a bill giving police officers authority to make stops in cities or towns bordering their own. A handful of other bills proposed to raise the mandatory minimum sentences for drunk-driving offenders.
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