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Emergency act establishes protections for employees, businesses

Maryland’s Emergency Management Agency Act grants the governor the authority to establish protections for the people of Maryland during a state of emergency. Accordingly, Gov. Larry Hogan signed the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020 (COVID-19 Act) into law on March ...

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Responsive strategies that help parties save face in mediation

The techniques discussed here rely on the participants’ trust in the mediator, which must be established fairly quickly in mediation. If the parties and counsel do not trust the mediator, they will not follow her suggestions regarding process, concessions, bargaining, ...

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Baltimore real estate recovered after ransomware attack but IT infrastructure needs work

Baltimore’s real estate market has fully recovered from the ransomware attack that last year crippled the city’s digital infrastructure, real estate officials said. But officials are still working to improve the city’s aged information technology system. “While our system was ...

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Emotional intelligence key for employment mediators

In order to understand the emotions and rationality of others, mediators must first understand their own emotions and manage their own impulses that arise when listening to other people. Self-awareness and self-management guide how we communicate and influence people. To ...

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A look at best practices for writing briefs

Writing is a lawyer’s stock in trade.  Poor syntax, imprecise word choices, and grammatical errors can sabotage a contract, a last will and testament, or a legal brief.  As an appellate litigator, I am especially compulsive about ensuring that my ...

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Maryland adds to patchwork of ban the box laws

During the 2019 legislative session, the Maryland House and Senate voted to enact the Criminal Record Screening Practices Act (Ban the Box). The governor, however, vetoed the act. At the start of the 2020 session, the legislature overrode the governor’s ...

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There is economic, social value in Baltimore’s arts

  What defines a flourishing community? There are the obvious contributors: economic prosperity, educational opportunity and housing affordability. Just as important as these three factors, and often overlooked, is access to the arts. Not only do theater, music and visual ...

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5 Women Who Influenced Me: Adrienne Jones, Maryland House Speaker

Occasionally, we ask one of our Top 100 Women or Leading Women winners to name five women who have influenced her, personally and professionally. Do you know a Top 100 Woman or Leading Woman who should be featured here? Email ...

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