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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
2019 edition of Mass. Guide to Evidence now available; Superior Court seeks research attorney


2019 edition of Mass. Guide to Evidence now available

The Supreme Judicial Court and its Executive Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law have announced the release of the 2019 edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The justices of the SJC recommend use of the Guide by the bench, bar and public.

The 2019 edition is the 11th annual edition of the Guide. An electronic version is available without charge on the court's website, where it can be searched and downloaded. The Official Print Edition is available for purchase from the Flaschner Judicial Institute, which is again providing a complimentary copy to every sitting judge in the commonwealth.

The Guide assembles existing Massachusetts evidence law in an easy-to-use document organized similarly to the Federal Rules of Evidence. It includes extensive explanatory notes and citations to pertinent authorities.

The 2019 edition reflects developments in Massachusetts evidence law that occurred between Jan. 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.


Superior Court seeks research attorney 

The Massachusetts Superior Court is seeking to fill a permanent research attorney position to be based in Springfield, primarily serving judges in the western counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire.

Research attorneys assist the justices of the Superior Court with legal research, writing and analysis. They also prepare draft decisions, research memoranda and other documents; analyze and research specific legal issues and questions for the judges; and may assist in training and oversight of other legal research staff and interns. 

Requirements include membership in the Massachusetts bar (or actively applying) and excellent writing, communication and legal research skills. Preferred qualifications include two years of post-law school experience in the litigation context as of September 2019, and prior judicial clerkship experience, particularly as a Massachusetts Superior Court law clerk. A reliable car and the willingness and ability to travel to courthouses throughout the commonwealth are requirements of the position. Research attorneys must reside in Massachusetts during the duration of their employment.

The start date will be as soon as possible, subject to the availability of the successful candidate. The starting salary is $73,612.84 per year.

For more information, including application instructions, see the position posting.