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Cities and suburbs are becoming pretty similar (access required)

A few decades ago the choice for most people was pretty simple: either the city or the suburbs. The city was exciting but a little dangerous. The suburbs were comfortable but bland. These days our suburbs and cities are converging, ...

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The Supreme Court must challenge extreme gerrymandering (access required)

The partisan gerrymandering case argued this week in the Supreme Court presents one of the most important, difficult and intriguing legal questions of the last quarter century. The constitutional issue in the case, coming out of Wisconsin, is whether and ...

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The go-to resource for federal court litigation (access required)

In 1999, I concluded in a review in The Daily Record of this venerable tome, “Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts,” by writing: “While the readers of this work may be challenged to absorb all they read, the editor ...

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The Title IX hornet’s nest (access required)

Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has wasted little time stirring up a hornet’s nest in announcing her intention to rescind or revise Obama-era Title IX guidelines regarding sexual harassment and assault on college campuses. On Friday, she announced three ...

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Calculation vs. valuation engagements

When it comes to valuations, different circumstances require varying levels of service. Similar to accountants’ providing increasing levels of assurance for financial statements (compilations, reviews and audits), business valuators offer increasing assurance for business valuations as they provide calculations of ...

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Don’t let timekeeping software invite wage claims (access required)

Most employers now use electronic timekeeping software for payroll purposes. These programs offer an easy means of accurately tracking employee work hours and breaks. Used appropriately, they can offer significant savings to employers – the American Payroll Association estimates that ...

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Holding judges accountable (access required)

It is one thing for judges to refuse to be intimidated by criticism. It is quite another to avoid possible criticism by blocking public scrutiny of judicial performance. That is why the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy should ...

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CARA’s assault on opioid addiction (access required)

In 2016, over 33,000 Americans died as a result of an accidental overdose related to prescription pain relievers or heroin, and over two million people had an opioid use disorder. In August 2017, President Donald Trump announced plans to declare ...

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