Category Archives: Legal

More for Laurel

Good question

“Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?”

“The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?”

“Were you alone or by yourself?”

“Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?”

“Were you present when your picture was taken?”

“Did he kill you?”

“How far apart were the vehicles at the time of collision?”

“You were there until the time you left, is that true?”

“How many times have you committed suicide?”

Lawyer deposition humor – virus break

Shared today on my plaintiffs personal injury trial lawyers listserv –
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MR. CHAMBERLIN:  Object to form.  When I say object to form, it’s for purposes of the record.  You may answer, nonetheless.
    THE WITNESS:  Okay.
A:     Nonetheless.
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Q:  What caused you to seek treatment for depression?
A:  I was depressed.
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    Q Did you come here today pursuant to a subpoena?
    A  No, I took the bus.
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    Q:  have you ever seen Exhibit B before?
    A:  not before today.
    Q:  is that your handwriting there on the form?
    A: yes.
    Q:  so had you seen this form before?
    A: oh sure, but it wasn’t called Exhibit B ….
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Courts closed next two days

Email alert from the Trial Court –
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Trial Court Listserv Recipients:


In light of the Governor’s Declaration, Court leaders have closed the Trial Courts to the public for Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17.  

Department heads will contact court personnel to arrange emergency staffing coverage.  Employees should check mass.gov/courts for details within the hour.
Courts will contact members of juries now hearing cases.  Anyone with pending matters should contact the Clerks Office when it opens on Wednesday.
We urge all court users and court staff to be vigilant in applying social distancing and hygiene precautions to mitigate spread of the coronavirus.
 
Executive Office of the Trial Court

 

Unfair Feres Doctrine

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My trade group, the American Association for Justice (personal injury attorneys representing injured people), has been trying to get Congress to repeal the unfair Feres Doctrine, which prevents military service personnel from being compensated for any injuries received while they serve.

The issue was on CBS This Morning Show: https://twitter.com/CBSThisMorning/status/1161241128097714176

Former residents in MLW

BIG WEEK IN MASSACHUSETTS LAWYERS WEEKLY FOR ATTORNEYS WHO USED TO LIVE IN MEDFIELD

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Steve’s full article is here

 

 

Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award at the Lawyers Clearinghouse

This from the article on the first awarding of the the Lawyers Clearinghouse’s Leadership Award now renamed the Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award, lets us know that Steve Nolan volunteers a lot in the legal world, just as he did in Medfield. –

“Liz Lintz then introduced event co-chairs Rick Henken and Tim Sullivan to present the Stephen M. Nolan Leadership Award—previously known only as the Leadership Award—to Chrystal. The Clearinghouse had recently renamed the award to recognize the incredible contributions of longtime board member Steve Nolan, a partner at Nolan Sheehan Patten.

“Steve’s dedication to the Clearinghouse over the past 27 years has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Liz said. “We wanted to honor Steve for all that he’s done in a special and lasting way.”

Full article here

 

About

The Lawyers Clearinghouse harnesses the power of Massachusetts legal professionals to strengthen communities. We do this by connecting Massachusetts nonprofits and the homeless with pro bono lawyers. With limited resources, we maximize community impact by streamlining the way lawyers volunteer their skills.

Through our connections to a network of lawyers at top Massachusetts law firms and corporations, we:

The Clearinghouse Model

The Clearinghouse bridges the gap between lawyers who want to volunteer and nonprofits and homeless people who need their help. Lawyers want to take pro bono cases, but scarcely have the time to research opportunities. Nonprofits need legal help, but can rarely afford an attorney. The homeless and at-risk population needs someone to speak for them. Through our connections to a network of lawyers at top Massachusetts law firms, we serve several communities.

Ask Congress to repeal the Feres Doctrine

The Feres Doctrine prevents active duty military service people from getting compensated for being injured or killed while serving.  It is not fair to our service members and should be repealed.  My trade group, the American Association for Justice (www.justice.org – personal injury attorneys serving injured people), is pushing bipartisan legislation that repeals the Feres Doctrine.  Please support doing so.

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TAKE ACTION: Ask your member of Congress to support new legislation to protect the rights of U.S. servicemembers to seek civil justice when injured or harmed. #SaveStayskal #UnfairFeres

1 in 10 patients harmed in the course of their medical care

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“More than 1 in 10 patients are harmed in the course of their medical care, and half of those injuries are preventable. Among the preventable errors, 12 percent led to a patient’s permanent disability or death, according to the report published Wednesday in The BMJ, a medical journal.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/medical-mistakes-harm-more-1-10-patients-many-are-preventable-n1030996