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Posted on Fri, 2014-11-21 12:54 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Family Law

The Holidays can be a stressful time for intact families; adding separation and/or divorce into the mix can feel like you’re jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. Your children may be especially sensitive during this time, especially if the separation is recent or this is their first Holiday without the other parent. Managing both their and your expectations can help reduce the negative effects of divorce on children, avoid crushed feelings and dampened holidays. Below are several tips for making the Holidays a success when coping with divorce or separation:

Posted on Fri, 2014-11-14 11:22 by Matthew M. Bryant in Civil Litigation

Have you received a subpoena from an administrative agency that is seeking documents or an interview with you? What next?

Posted on Fri, 2014-11-07 13:31 by Hina Z. Hussain in

On November 4, 2014, D.C. residents voted to legalize marijuana. D.C. had already decriminalized marijuana in July of this year. Soon, however, a person 21 years or older in D.C. will be able to:

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-31 09:17 by Veronica Nannis in Labor Employment

In this tight job market, many students over the last decade have turned to unpaid internships to get their feet in the business door and gain some real-world job experience for their light resumes. Some even solicit employers to try to convince them to take on unpaid interns at their companies. At first blush, it seems like a fine concept: the student gets job experience and makes networking connections while the employer enjoys some free labor. In a down economy with lean company budgets and fierce job competition, this is a win-win situation. Right?

Posted on Wed, 2014-10-29 15:59 by Christopher M. FitzPatrick in Medical Malpractice

In medical malpractice suits filed in Maryland, conducting a thorough expert deposition is extremely important to obtaining a successful result at trial. The following are a few important things a plaintiff’s attorneys must do in preparation for, and during the course of, an expert deposition:

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-24 10:14 by Reed Spellman in Trusts Estates

Last month, the Maryland Court of Appeals formally recognized the testamentary exception to the attorney-client privilege. In Zook v. Pesce, 438 Md. 232 (2014), the high court reaffirmed a ninety-five-year old exception to the attorney-client privilege.

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-24 09:56 by Burt M. Kahn in Medical Malpractice

As a medical malpractice lawyer for the past 40 years, I’ve noticed a pattern in my cases: if my clients had followed some or all of the steps listed below, they could have avoided being the subject of medical malpractice. While not a cure-all, following these steps could not only result in preventing medical negligence/malpractice, but also receiving better medical care. If, however, you or your loved one has suffered rom what you believe to be medical negligence, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately.

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-17 14:04 by Tamara A. O'Connell in Civil Litigation

We’ve all seen the shock-value headlines: “Oh My God, Naked Photos of Kate Upton!”[i] “Jennifer Lawrence Speaks For the First Time About Her Stolen Nude Photos”[ii] There is a movie called “Sex Tape,” in which a couple “discover that their most private video is no longer private.”[iii] On a smaller scale, a scorned lover, spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend may get revenge by sharing intimate images with others by populating them to social media or uploading them to websites where people share such private images. When two people take consensual, intimate photographs, the subject does not expect that the photos will be posted on the Internet for all to see. However, if the relationship sours, the privacy of an unsuspecting victim may be compromised as the photos are posted on Twitter, Facebook, and websites like myex.com, in an attempt to get revenge.   

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-10 14:21 by Reza Golesorkhi in Family Law

Over the past few years, there has been a trend among states to reform alimony (i.e., spousal support). New Jersey is the latest state to join this so-called Alimony Reform Movement, joining Massachusetts, Maine, Florida and Texas. In the past few years, many states have enacted or tried to enact legislation reforming alimony.

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-03 11:05 by Vijay Mani in Labor Employment

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On October 1, 2014 the Fairness for All Marylanders Act (“FAMA”) went into effect.  FAMA, which was originally discussed in the JGL Law Blog post (Will Prince George’s County residents face less fairness if The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (SB 212) becomes law? Possibly.) prohibits discrimination of Maryland employees on the basis of gender identity or transgender status. In passing FAMA, Maryland joined sixteen other states as the only states to cover sexual orientation and gender identity in employment anti-discrimination laws. While many state and local laws expressly protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) individuals from workplace harassment and discrimination, the majority of states do not, leaving many of those employees who wish to pursue claims of sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination to rely on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). 

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