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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 - Risky Policies: How Effective Are Restrictions on Sex Offenders in Reducing Reoffending?

Sex offenders are one of the most reviled groups of felons.  In the past few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in laws and regulations governing virtually every facet of their lives.  The policy decisions about how to deal with sex offenders flow largely in one direction: restrict them as much as possible.  This one-sided approach has created a complex web of restrictions that ultimately causes more harm than good.
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