Author Archives: Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board: Funding for a new Professionalism Center – Hit the ‘pause’ button

Over the years, this board has commended the efforts of leaders of the Maryland Judiciary and the State Bar to identify and promote the principles of professionalism among Maryland judges and attorneys. Much has been accomplished in the 11 years since the Court of Appeals established its Professionalism Task Force.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Five well-qualified candidates for high court

Five attorneys have signified their interest in the Baltimore city seat on the Maryland Court of Appeals occupied for so many years by retiring Chief Judge Robert M. Bell: the Honorable Stuart R. Berger, the Honorable Albert J. Matricciani Jr., private practitioner M. Natalie McSherry, the Honorable W. Michel Pierson and the Honorable Shirley M. Watts. The good news for the Maryland Bar as well as the citizens of Maryland is that all five of these candidates are excellent attorneys and are well-qualified to sit on the Court of Appeals.

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Editorial Advisory Board: The embarrassing Bar Foundation theft

At this point we don’t know how much money was pilfered from the Maryland Bar Foundation, allegedly by a state bar association employee. What we do know — or at least, what is stated in a police report — is that between May 2011 and July 2012 the former employee withdrew $65,984 from the foundation’s bank account, an amount well above what the organization earned during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

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Editorial Advisory Board: Collateral damage in the war on leaks

There is a “war on leaks” being waged by the U.S. Department of Justice and it’s generating serious collateral damage to the freedom of the American press to gather and report the news. Revelations that DOJ secretly subpoenaed the telephone records of The Associated Press (AP) and executed a search warrant for email communications between a Fox News reporter and his source are more than chilling; they threaten precious First Amendment values.

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Editorial Advisory Board: More fairness, less fighting over custody awards

As usual, there are numerous bills pertaining to family law being considered by the General Assembly this session. Unusually, however, there is no bill requiring a presumption in favor of joint custody. For that, the Editorial Advisory Board of The Daily Record is very glad. Instead, House Bill 687 proposes the creation of a Commission on Child Custody Decision Making.

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