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Rhode Island is called to capitalize on a rich balance of economy and stewardship. In 1843, Article I, Section 17 of our constitution acknowledged our citizenry’s right to natural resources, empowering Rhode Islanders to “enjoy and freely exercise all the rights of fishery and privileges to the shore.” more
DARTMOUTH – The sixth annual Top Women of Law in Boston sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored Mary Lu Bilek, dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth, last month. more
BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick has signed legislation that raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18, opening up more opportunities for the state’s youth, at-risk population, the governor said in a news release. more
NEW BEDFORD – Attorney General Martha Coakley met with South Coast education and community leaders last week to discuss how to help students become “educated consumers” for higher education, specifically as it relates to for-profit schools. more
Hours after the University of Notre Dame filed a religious challenge to the U.S. health care overhaul in Indiana federal court, a judge in Washington heard arguments in a lawsuit assailing tax provisions of the statute. more
BOSTON – A group of businesses that advertised themselves as nonprofit foreclosure-prevention organizations was sued for allegedly soliciting and spending more than $350,000 in illegal advance fees from distressed homeowners, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced this month. more
Why have many of the local housing markets that were hit hardest during the bust – especially in California – bounced back so vigorously and quickly, with prices close to or exceeding where they were in 2005 and 2006? more
Forum-selection clauses – an agreement between parties that any dispute arising from their contract will be litigated in a specific forum – are often found in commercial contracts. more
President Barack Obama recently took some heat for saying that marijuana is no worse than alcohol, and perhaps less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” more
The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country. more
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