In the fall of 2022, Pioneer Public Interest Law Center (PPILC), then known as Pioneer Legal, filed an amicus brief in the case of Barron v. Kolenda et al., pertaining to free speech rights at a public meeting in Southborough, Massachusetts.
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On March 13, 2023, Pioneer Public Interest Law Center (PPILC) filed an amicus brief in the case of Norvella Hill-Junious v. UTP Realty, LLC, including Vietnamese immigrant Uyen Phan, who owned and operated a nail salon in Randolph.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has upheld a summary judgment in favor of Uyen Phan, a Vietnamese immigrant and Randolph property owner who had been sued following a 2017 murder outside a night club that was a tenant at the shopping plaza she owned. Pioneer Public Interest Law Center had filed an amicus brief on her behalf in the case.
Jonathan Albano, a partner with Morgan Lewis and a member of the board for Pioneer Public Interest Law Center, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement award as part of law.com’s inaugural New England Legal Awards. The awards honor professional excellence among the legal professional throughout New England.
For more than a year, the world has witnessed Ukraine’s military struggle to push back a major Russian invasion. But another struggle that is vital to Ukraine’s future has been unfolding for several years—the effort to reform the nation’s judiciary, root out corruption, and help Ukraine secure its place as a nation dedicated to the rule of law.
The United States Supreme Court has struck down Minnesota’s tax foreclosure scheme, a ruling that could affect a Massachusetts case in which Worcester homeowner Carmen Rodriguez sued the city to invalidate a state statute that allows municipalities to confiscate people’s homes and equity when they fall behind on their real estate taxes.
On Thursday, June 15, Pioneer Public Interest Law Center will host “Judicial Reform in Ukraine: A Challenge That Must Be Met,” featuring Justice Robert J. Cordy (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, on his experiences with the Ukrainian Judicial Ethics Council.
After a more than seven-month struggle, PioneerLegal—now known as Pioneer Public Interest Law Center—has gained access to an important August 2022 arbitrator’s decision about a dispute between the MBTA and its largest union, the Carmen, over the severely underfunded MBTA Retirement Fund (MBTARF).
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday reversed a decision of the state’s Appellate Tax Board, finding that a tax concession granted to the developers of urban redevelopment projects extends to the capital gains realized from the sale of those projects. PioneerLegal had submitted an amicus brief in the case.
BOSTON, March 7, 2023 — In an opinion that reinforces political speech rights at public meetings throughout the Commonwealth, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has declared that Southborough’s civility code governing participation at public meetings violates Article 19 of the Massachusetts Constitution.
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