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.