Sentencing reform, a legislative priority of the Massachusetts
Bar Association, cleared a major hurdle Nov. 18 when the Senate
passed an MBA-backed bill that grants parole eligibility to
nonviolent drug offenders serving mandatory minimum sentences.
Across the state's court system, the effects of drastic budget
cuts can be seen and felt in everything from long lines at clerks'
windows, to delays in sending out summonses, to the temporary
relocation and consolidation of courthouses.
The Massachusetts Bar Association launched an innovative program
last month that teams up practicing minority attorneys with diverse
students in high school, college and law school. Aimed at giving
inner-city students opportunities in the legal community that do
not otherwise exist, the Tiered Community Mentoring Program has
been a longtime dream of Norfolk and Probate Judge Angela M.