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Author Archives: Steve Lash

Steve Lash covers federal and Maryland appellate courts and the General Assembly’s judiciary committees for The Daily Record. He joined the newspaper in 2008 after spending nearly 20 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court and legal affairs for several publications, including the Houston Chronicle, Cox Newspapers, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and West’s Legal News. Lash, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and Maryland bars.

Uniform Bar Exam focuses on topics that are common nationwide

Test-takers toil at the July 2014 Maryland Bar Exam at the Baltimore Convention Center. (The Daily Record/Lauren Kirkwood)

The bar exam that would-be Maryland attorneys sat for last month — and that future bar applicants will take — was different from those taken by their forebears. Gone from the two-day test offered twice annually are essay questions related ...

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Maryland high court: Involuntary commitment challenge survives release

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

A claim challenging a person’s involuntary commitment for mental health treatment does not end with the individual’s release from the facility, Maryland’s top court unanimously ruled Tuesday, citing the lasting social stigma and possible “collateral consequences” of having been institutionalized. ...

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High court defers to MDE, upholds agency’s stormwater permits

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

The Maryland Department of the Environment validly imposed stormwater-protection standards on two counties more stringent than the counties’ population sizes would generally call for under the law and legitimately mandated that they reduce polluting discharges beyond “the maximum extent practicable,” ...

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‘Look-in’ search of suspect’s underwear unconstitutional, Md. court says

The Court of Special Appeals building.
(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A Frederick County police officer violated a woman’s constitutional rights by looking down her underwear during a highway-side search for hidden drugs after a traffic stop allegedly revealed cocaine in her car, Maryland’s second-highest court has ruled in overturning her ...

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