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Thursday, April 28, 2022
2022 edition of Massachusetts Guide to Evidence now available; Job openings: Director of business ops/assistant GC at Meeting Street, Assistant Clerk Magistrate- Boston Juvenile Court


2022 edition of Massachusetts Guide to Evidence now available

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) and its Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law have announced the release of the 2022 edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence. The justices of the SJC recommend use of the Guide by the bench, bar, and public.

"I am grateful to the Advisory Committee members for their excellent work updating the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence to reflect new legal developments each year," SJC Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd said. "Attorneys, judges, and self-represented litigants seeking to understand and apply Massachusetts evidence law rely on the Guide on a regular basis. As always, the new version is in step with recent developments, as demonstrated by the revisions to Section 502 regarding the work-product doctrine and Section 702 regarding expert testimony."

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

The 2022 edition is the 14th annual edition of the guide. An electronic version of the guide is available without charge on the court's website, where it can be searched and downloaded. The Official Print Edition is published by the Flaschner Judicial Institute, which is again providing a complimentary copy to every sitting judge in the commonwealth. The 2022 guide will be available for purchase from the Flaschner Judicial Institute and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

The 2022 edition of the guide incorporates more than 50 opinions issued by the SJC and the Appeals Court between Jan. 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021, and updates several sections to reflect the current state of the Massachusetts evidence law.

In 2006, the SJC established the Advisory Committee to prepare a Massachusetts Guide to Evidence at the request of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Since 2008, the SJC has appointed a standing committee to monitor and incorporate new legal developments and produce annual new editions of the guide.


Job Openings

Director of business ops/assistant GC at Meeting Street  

Meeting Street, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services to children and families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, is seeking a motivated team player to serve as the director of business operations and assistant general counsel. 

The individual hired will handle litigation and legal documentation and provide advice on legal and regulatory issues. The position oversees compliance of all client and student records, including electronic records, professional licensing, HIPAA, FERPA, Department of Education and Department of Health requirements. In addition, the individual will coordinate and perform day-to-day activities related to performance improvement, client and student safety, risk management and regulatory compliance for all aspects of the organization. 

The position requires a Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree, along with a minimum of five years’ experience as a practicing attorney and seven years of experience in a business role working in compliance, privacy, quality assurance, non-financial audits and/or assessments; a history of nonprofit management a plus. Rhode Island offers an in-house registration option for attorneys with out-of-state licenses.

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Assistant Clerk Magistrate- Boston Juvenile Court

The Trial Court is accepting applications through May 5 for the position of assistant clerk magistrate in the Boston Juvenile Court.  This position involves responsible legal work and supervisory responsibilities, assisting the Clerk of Court in performing administrative duties as set forth in state statutes and court rules. As well as, administrative responsibilities include the preparation and maintenance of all court papers and records and performance of administrative tasks to ensure that cases move rapidly and smoothly to a determination by the court.
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