Practice Resources

January 2012

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From left to right: Michele Randazzo, chair and Edward Pikula, vice chair of the Public Law Section.

Note from Public Law Leadership

Happy New Year from the Public Law Section Council.

This newsletter contains information about CLE programs, meetings, hot legal developments and other section news.

Please contact either of us at [e-mail jstevens] if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter, or wish to post a notice.

Michele Randazzo, chair
Edward Pikula, vice chair
Public Law Section Council

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For your information

New Open Meeting Law regulations; New legislation; Land Court dockets now available

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New Open Meeting Law Regulations

The attorney general has issued amendments to the regulations governing the Open Meeting Law, 940 CMR 29.00 that allow members of public bodies to participate remotely in meetings in certain circumstances. These regulations went into effect on Nov. 11, 2011. Under the regulations, public bodies may not participate remotely in meetings until remote participation has been adopted by the public body; or in the case of local public bodies, by the chief executive officer, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4, § 7. See 940 CMR 29.10(2) at amendments to Open Meeting Law.

In addition, the attorney general is holding a public hearing and seeking comments on another amendment to those regulations. The proposed amendment to 940 CMR 29.10(2) would define the term "knowing or knowingly" in order to clarify the standard for a finding by the Office of the Attorney General of intentional violation of the Open Meeting Law. The proposed amendment and further information can be found here.

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New Legislation

By now, everyone has heard of the legislation signed by Gov. Deval Patrick shortly before Thanksgiving on:

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Land Court dockets now available

  • Land Court dockets are now available online. Click here to access.

 

 

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Upcoming Public Law Section Council meeting

All section members are invited to attend the Public Law Section Council on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Click here to R.S.V.P.


Topics and/or guest speakers will be announced and posted on the Public Law web calendar. Section members are also encouraged to network and discuss pending issues from legislation, statutes, resolutions, cases and reports and are urged to alert the section/division council of any legislation, statutes, resolutions, cases and reports which might require our attention. Click here to contact the Public Law Section Council.

If you have any questions, please contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens or MBA Bar Services Liaison Pat Plasse.

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The Nov. 17 "Where'd the Money Go? Fraud, Waste and Abuse Issues in the Public Sector" program.

Public Law MBA On Demand program

The following education program is available for the Public Law section members at a reduced rate via MBA On Demand.

Where'd the Money Go?
Fraud, Waste and Abuse Issues in the Public Sector

An engaged audience attended this Nov. 17, 2011 informative session featuring Suzanne M. Bump, Esq., state auditor, and David E. Sullivan, Esq., general counsel, Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Attendees learned about the commonwealth's "open checkbook," the auditor's priorities in investigating allegations of fraud, waste and abuse, including legislative initiatives to aid the auditor's office in this regard.

The program is available for purchase through MBA On Demand and can be watched from the comfort of your home or office.

 

 

 

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Put your name out there

The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities for professional growth and development through participation in section activities. One opportunity available to section members is publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners. The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members - Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.  

If you are interested in writing an article for any of these publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of interest to other Public Law Section members, please contact Jean Stevens at for more information regarding this opportunity.

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The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join the conversation today

The Massachusetts Bar Association now has a presence on three social networking platforms, including Facebook, launched in October 2010, LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter, launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.

As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages and comment on items already posted.

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