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In her latest blog post, Zalkind Law’s Naomi Shatz discusses the new developments in the sexual assault case against Owen Labrie, the St. Paul’s student who is trying to get a new trial after being convicted of statutory rape and using a computer to lure a minor. The case highlights serious problems with existing criminal laws that deal with modern technology, and those that address sexual relationships between teenagers. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2017/02/23/owen-labries-attempt-get-new-trial-illustrates-serious-problems-criminal-laws-related-computer-sex-crimes/#more-795

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In his most recent blog post, Zalkind Law’s David Russcol discusses the SJC’s ruling last month on another appeal for a global resolution for the cases affected by two lab techs, Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak, who both fabricated or contaminated evidence in thousands of drug cases in Massachusetts. The courts had previously been deciding how to proceed on a case by case basis. Recently, the SJC was asked to approve a global remedy in how to handle these cases going forward. Only one Justice was willing to accept this plan, but the Court did make changes to encourage a quick resolution to thousands of outstanding cases. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2017/02/10/sjc-punts-global-remedy-adopts-new-protocol-resolve-dookhan-drug-cases-quickly/


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On February 26, 2017, Monica Shah will speak about FMLA and Massachusetts laws regarding parental leave at A Mom Is Born Maternity Leave Basics Workshop

http://www.amomisborn.com/maternity-leave-basics.html

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Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly dives into the past of our founding partner, Norman Zalkind, highlighting his history of “going to the edge” to fight for his clients. His upbringing combined with some unexpected job pursuits helped build the foundation for his success as an attorney, which took off during the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam eras. Our firm couldn’t be more proud of Norman, his accomplishments, and his longstanding passion for defending the rights of the accused. Read the article here: http://masslawyersweekly.com/reprints/a-winning-disposition/

Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is happy to announce that David Rangaviz and Ana Muñoz joined the firm as associates at the end of 2016. For more firm news and information on our firm’s work, please follow us on social media at the following links.


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In her latest blog post, Zalkind Law’s Ruth O’Meara-Costello discusses the recent SJC decision in Commonwealth v. Peterson. In this decision, the court refused to apply the statute imposing a significant mandatory minimum sentence for specified drug offenses committed in so-called “school zones.” Although the decision does little to address the multitude of problems with the statute, it may offer some hope to defendants whose presence in a school zone is entirely by chance. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2017/01/20/commonwealth-v-peterson-massachusetts-supreme-judicial-court-brings-little-reality-bear-statute-criminalizing-drug-possession-school-zones/

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Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is proud to announce that Monica Shah has joined the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2017. Monica will continue her litigation practice in criminal defense, employment, and Title IX matters. For more information about Monica’s background and experience, find her biography here. http://www.zalkindlaw.com/monica-r-shah.html

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In the second part of his blog series, Zalkind Law’s David Rangaviz discusses the changes Massachusetts should implement to improve criminal justice reform within the state. These include abolishing mandatory minimums for drug offenses, pursuing bail reform, and focusing on reducing recidivism. While federal reform may not occur with the upcoming administration, with these changes Massachusetts can be a leading example of how states themselves can progress. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2017/01/09/criminal-justice-reform-massachusetts-part-2-2/

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In the first of a two part blog series, Zalkind Law’s David Rangaviz comments on criminal justice reform in Massachusetts. Although Massachusetts has a lower incarceration rate than most of the United States, there is still plenty of room—and necessity—for improvement. The current system is rigged against low-income, mostly-minority communities across the Commonwealth causing high racial disparity within the Massachusetts prison population. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2017/01/04/criminal-justice-reform-massachusetts-part-1-2/

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In her most recent blog post, Zalkind Law’s Naomi Shatz considers what kind of impact the upcoming Trump administration might have on university sexual assault procedures. In the past five years, colleges have responded to a strong DOE by establishing sexual harassment adjudication procedures to demonstrate their serious treatment of sexual assault. With this change in federal administration, schools’ procedures will most likely stay the same, though there is hope that they can find appropriate ways to address sexual harassment while still upholding due process and fairness rights for students involved. http://www.bostonlawyerblog.com/2016/12/27/will-trump-administration-change-anything-college-sexual-assault/
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