Posts Categorized: Recent Announcements

SJC Rules on Retroactivity of Padilla

SJC Rules on Retroactivity of Padilla posted Sep 19, 2013, 8:45 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Sep 19, 2013, 8:45 AM ] In Commonwealth v. Sylvain, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that the duty of defense counsel, that had been previously laid out in Padilla v. Kentucky, will become a retroactive… Read more »

October 2013 Visa Bulletin<

October 2013 Visa Bulletin posted Sep 10, 2013, 2:39 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Sep 10, 2013, 2:43 PM ] The Department of State has released the October 2013 Visa Bulletin, which can be found here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6062.html.  The Visa Bulletin is published monthly by the Department of State and indicates who may apply for… Read more »

Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Racketeering and 11 Homicides

Mob Boss Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Racketeering and 11 Homicides posted Aug 14, 2013, 8:25 AM by Helen Partlow   [ updated Aug 14, 2013, 8:26 AM ] The verdict came in on August 12, 2013 for the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger.  He was found guilty of 11 homicides from the 1970s and… Read more »

September 2013 Visa Bulletin

September 2013 Visa Bulletin posted Aug 14, 2013, 6:38 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Aug 14, 2013, 9:31 AM ] The Department of State has released the September 2013 Visa Bulletin.  The Visa Bulletin is published monthly by the Department of State and indicates who may apply for an immigrant visa based on… Read more »

Volunteers Help Remodel Homes of the Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings

Volunteers Help Remodel Homes of the Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings posted Jul 22, 2013, 1:18 PM by Helen Partlow   [ updated Jul 22, 2013, 1:20 PM ] The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety has created the Boston Survivors Accessibility Alliance to help those that survived the devastating Boston Marathon Bombings.  The BSAA… Read more »

Online Payment for Child Support System is Now Live

Online Payment for Child Support System is Now Live posted Jul 22, 2013, 1:06 PM by Helen Partlow   [ updated Jul 22, 2013, 1:07 PM ] Collaborators from The Probate and Family Court, the Massachusetts Justice Project, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, South Costal Counties Legal Services and the Trial Court Access to Justice… Read more »

Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of the Shooting of Trayvon Martin

Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of the Shooting of Trayvon Martin posted Jul 15, 2013, 9:05 AM by Helen Partlow   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 9:07 AM ] This past weekend, late Saturday night July 13, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder trial for the shooting of 17 year old… Read more »

August 2013 Visa Bulletin

August 2013 Visa Bulletin posted Jul 10, 2013, 11:00 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Jul 10, 2013, 11:00 AM ] The Department of State has released the August 2013 Visa Bulletin, which can be found here:  The Visa Bulletin is published monthly by the Department of State and indicates who may apply for… Read more »

Same-sex Spouses can file for Immigration Benefits

Same-sex Spouses can file for Immigration Benefits posted Jul 3, 2013, 5:04 AM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 5:05 AM ] Pursuant to a statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, as a result of the Supreme Court’s Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) decision, same-sex married couples will enjoy the… Read more »

Senate Approves Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

Senate Approves Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill posted Jun 27, 2013, 1:50 PM by Michael Vosilla   [ updated Jun 29, 2013, 11:07 AM ] On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the United States Senate, by a vote of 68-32, passed S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”  This legislation, initially drafted… Read more »