Lawyers Journal

The MBA's bi-monthly newspaper includes association news, practical columns and Section Review articles.

Issue August 2005

Massachusetts debates giving adoptees open access to original birth certificates

Adopted children in Massachusetts have been forbidden from getting copies of their original birth certificates without a court order since 1974. That year, state law changed to amend the certificates, purportedly to protect children and biological parents from the stigma of illegitimacy.

What makes a great judge?

Despite intense scrutiny of judiciary, “great” judges not hard to find

When the Hon. Patrick J. King began his civil session as a Superior Court associate justice in August of 1989, there were already 1,500 cases on the schedule, with another 142 cases added his first month.