Western New England Law Review Blog
THE FAMILY RESOLUTIONS SPECIALTY COURT: HAMPSHIRE PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT’S NEW LEGAL PATHWAY FOR FAMILIES IN LITIGATIONby Honorable Gail L. Perlman, Retired
July 2, 2018
The Hampshire Division of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has developed a new voluntary model for addressing the legal conflicts of families with children. Read about the success that is the Family Resolutions Specialty Court, as described by former Hampshire Probate and Family Court Judge Gail L. Perlman.
SEEING COMMONWEALTH V. GERHARDT IN ACTIONby Alexa S. Pascucci
June 4, 2018
The Commonwealth needs to improve its policies and practices for detecting and prosecuting cases of drivers operating under the influence of marijuana. This post explains the logical inconsistencies within the current system through the recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision Commonwealth v. Gerhardt.
STATEMENT OF BRUCE MILLER TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL NO. 1194 AND HOUSE BILL NO. 1149by Bruce K. Miller
May 7, 2018
The Feinstein Report, issued by the U.S. Senate in December of 2014, confirmed the CIA’s long suspected use of techniques amounting to torture of detainees held at so-called Black Sites around the world, between 2001 and 2006. The CIA made use of licensed American psychologists in fashioning, promoting, and applying these techniques, and used their status as healthcare professionals to defend the practice as safe, effective, and legal. Professor Bruce K. Miller, who authors this post, has taught constitutional law and federal litigation courses at Western New England University School of Law since 1980. He argues before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health in support of Massachusetts passing the first bill in the nation that requires health care providers to not “engage, directly or indirectly, in the torture or abusive treatment of a prisoner,” or “participate in the interrogation of a prisoner.”
Resuming Progress on Lead Poisoningby Rick Reibstein
April 2, 2018
Lead diminishes our capacities to be reasonable, to use good judgment, to control ourselves, and to think. Despite this, the current administration is cutting funding for lead programs to only half of what the National Center for Healthy Housing, the leading source for experts, recommends. Rick Reibstein was once an Environmental Protection Agency attorney and now is a Lecturer on Environmental Law and Policy at Boston University. In this post, he presents an argument against this reduction, and advocates for recognition of the seriousness of the lead contamination problem.