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Must-read case(s) for young lawyers

I’ve talked in the past about the method in which I have build my own personal (and electronic) law library. Tucked away in the electronic crevices of my Dropbox account is a case that every young litigation associate should spend some time reading.

In 2007, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grimm penned a 101-page opinion on the admissibility of electrically stored information into evidence. In Lorraine v. Marketl Am. Ins. Co., 241 F.R.D. 534 (2007), Grimm gives both a detailed analysis on evidentiary issues in general and those associated with electronic evidence. If I were going to put together a hornbook on evidence, I would be half-tempted to add this case as the entire “Authenticity” chapter.

Needless to say, I believe that this is a must read. But what cases do you think make the cut as “Must-Read Cases for Young Lawyers”? (The list could be titled “Must-Read Cases for Young Lawyers Practicing in Maryland that Was Not Already Covered in Law School,” but I found that title a tad long)

Keep in mind, we have all read International Shoe and that personal  property case involving mortally wounding some sort of wildlife.

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  1. Cheers – interesting, I am compiling a list of 100 cases that Maryland attorneys should know. Among them I would include Bar Assn of Baltimore City v. Fellner (the “slug” disciplinary case), State v, Atkinson (using stationary shelter vehicle not per se DWI), State v. McCallum (mens rea requirement for driving while suspended and, by analogy, jailable crimes generally), Zenobia v. Owens-Illinois (actual malice standard for punitive damages) and Hicks v. State (180 rule for Circuit Court criminal prosecutions), just to start.