Hogan opposes plan to cut school maintenance reviews

A proposal to dramatically slash the number of schools reviewed in an annual maintenance audit is meeting with strong opposition from Gov. Larry Hogan. The proposal, which could be voted on in two weeks by the Interagency Committee on School Construction, would reduce the number of school maintenance reviews around the state at a time …

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MSBA session examines when lawyers’ speech leads to disciplinary hearings

OCEAN CITY – When you’re a lawyer, the First Amendment’s protections only go so far toward safeguarding your right to speak freely, a panel of legal professionals said Thursday. During part of a session titled “What Do You Mean That’s Unethical?” at the Maryland State Bar Association’s annual meeting, attorneys and judges discussed several cases …

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Advocates, judges discuss expungement changes

Maryland courts have been flooded with expungement requests since changes went into effect in October, with more coming as part of the massive Justice Reinvestment Act passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. “Clean Slate: Bench and Bar Partnerships to Implement Expungement Laws,” a session Friday morning at the Maryland State Bar Association’s annual …

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Young solo practitioners forge careers in stagnant job market

Saman Saba graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2014 and soon felt the impact of the economy. While she landed a job with a real estate law firm, she was laid off after less than six months because there was not enough work for her. A solo practitioner she then worked …

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Editorial Advisory Board: On out-of-state-lawyer fees, soak for soak

Gov. Larry Hogan proposed in the last legislative session that certain fees be reduced to match the administrative costs for each program for which fees were being collected. The General Assembly approved reductions for birth and death certificates – not coincidentally the fees that affect everyone, i.e., every voter. Among his proposals was to reduce …

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Sharing office space provides lawyers with more than square-footage

When Sean P. O’Keefe was searching for office space to open his solo practice, his options were limited somewhat by his decision to set up shop in Middletown, his small Frederick County hometown. “I did the traditional hunting online for what might be available, and walking around Main Street — it’s not a huge area …

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Lawyers have different reasons for wanting to become ‘of counsel’

Becoming “of counsel” can provide attorneys with all the joys and few of the stresses of being a partner or associate at the law firm, say lawyers who have made – or seriously contemplated – the jump. Thomas B. Lewis was with Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP for 30 years before becoming of counsel at …

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