Generation J.D.

The Daily Record's blog for young lawyers, by young lawyers

Know the judge!

When trying your case, what’s better than knowing the law and knowing the facts? Knowing the judge! On more than one occasion, I’ve heard this old barrister’s proverb, and all joking aside, being familiar with a judge prior to trying ...

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Juror Number 106

As my Twitter followers know (@johnjohncord), last Friday I did my civic duty and showed up to the Baltimore City Circuit Court for jury duty. I’ve been living in Maryland since 2002, and I have never been summoned. Unlike most ...

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Olympic Lawsuit?

I am a big fan of the Winter Olympics.  I look forward to it every four years.  My favorite events are downhill skiing, hockey and curling (yes, I find curling to be incredibly engaging and fascinating).  Unfortunately, the 2010 version ...

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Westlaw is a Gateway Drug

I once accidentally spent $1,800 to find out if South Carolina was a comparative negligence state. I was a summer associate working at a small local law firm during the summer of my second year in law school. A partner ...

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I’m throwing in the towel. Enough is enough. I’m tired of the promise of something new, the sometimes steep learning curve to find a useful application, and the final disappointment when it does not live up to expectations. The subject: ...

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Issues with pro se litigants

A few weeks ago, I attended a Town Hall meeting aimed at addressing issues that arise in cases involving self-represented litigants.  While in law school, I don’t believe the thought of having a case against a party not represented by ...

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