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From the Boston Bar Journal: An Interview with the Honorable Rya W. Zobel

I sat down with Judge Rya Zobel on a sunny afternoon in August to talk to her about her first 35 years on the bench.  The impetus for the interview was the fact that she had recently taken senior status.  With her usual dynamism, however, the judge informed me that she has not reduced her caseload despite the change in status.  So this was not a pre-retirement interview, but rather an opportunity to ask her to look back and share some of her thoughts about her court, the cases that have come before her, and (once a clerk, always a clerk) for her advice.

Read the full interview at the Boston Bar Journal.
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From the Boston Bar Journal - The Buffer Zone: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, 134 S. Ct. 2518 (2014).  The law at issue created a 35-foot perimeter outside of the entrances and driveways to reproductive healthcare facilities, and was Massachusetts’ third attempt at crafting an effective and constitutionally permissible regulatory regime for the space around those facilities.  The McCullen decision prompted a fourth effort to create an enforcement scheme that strikes the right balance between ensuring reproductive freedom and guaranteeing First Amendment rights.
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