Lawyers Journal

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

Issue October 2011

A toxic view of public life

"A dream corrupted." That is how Chief Judge Mark Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts described the tragic fall of the former first Italian-American speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Salvatore DiMasi.

Landmark Alimony Reform Act signed into law

The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Sept. 26, enacting fair and equitable alimony in Massachusetts, including long-sought time limits on parties' obligation to make payments.

A gift for bringing the law to life

The robe that Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice James F. McHugh wears has a history. It originally belonged to the late Judge George MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, whom McHugh clerked for from 1970 to 1971.

MBA task force to study law school effectiveness

A new task force formed by Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell will examine whether law schools need to be overhauled to fully prepare their students for jobs in the legal profession.