The fight against antisemitism
As reported antisemitic incidents in the U.S. in 2022 soared to an all-time high, the White House began developing plans to combat this hate, proclaiming in an official statement, “antisemitism has no place in America.” The U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, released on May 25, 2023, was based on conversations with more than a […]
Communication makes clients happy
Happy clients do not complain to the Attorney Grievance Commission, fire lawyers, or pursue malpractice claims. The easiest way to make a client unhappy is not to communicate. Over the years, the failure to communicate is at the heart of many ethics matters I’ve handled. The duty to communicate is rooted in Maryland Rule 19-301.4. […]
How to attract, develop and retain top law firm associates
BOSTON — Our industry has seen concerning associate attrition over the past few years, highlighting associate retention as a significant market pressure on firms going forward. Law firms are struggling to attract and retain dedicated, motivated, reliable associates who are truly ready for practice. Adding to the frustration of many firm leaders: increased compensation and […]
Too much, too little, too toxic: Concerns about water will influence development
Concerns about water, whether too much, too little, or too dirty, will increasingly impact land use and development in the years and decades ahead.
Key questions for adaptive reuse projects
Across the DMV and the rest of the country, commercial real estate professionals are monitoring the supply and demand trends in office and housing. Even pre-pandemic, office space was abundant and housing was becoming increasingly scarce. When the world was thrust suddenly into a remote work environment, office inventory rose steeply and the severity of […]
The cost of religious accommodation
The Supreme Court may soon transform the role of faith in the workplace, which could have the effect of elevating the rights of religious workers at the expense of co-workers. On April 18, 2023, the court heard oral arguments in Groff v. DeJoy, a case addressing an employer’s obligation to accommodate religious employees’ requests under […]
Nursing homes and Maryland
Last week was National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Today, 22,000 Marylanders are receiving care in nursing homes and 30,000 local professionals are providing that care. When you think of nursing homes, however, you probably do not realize that many patients are only there for short periods of time. Nursing homes help patients recover from heart […]
Do you know what your data is doing?
Your personal data is collected by sophisticated vendors with whom you do business and is being used to target you for more purchases.
The Energizer Bunny goes to court
Energizer Holdings and Walmart are being sued in three proposed class actions for conspiring to raise the prices of disposable batteries.
IRA is forcing cuts to drug research
President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act is just 8 months old. It hasn’t yet slain inflation. But it’s already gutting drug research and development. The law gives Medicare the power to impose price controls on certain prescription drugs for the first time. By September, federal officials will select the first 10 medicines subject to price-setting […]
Mansfield and ending slavery in England
Lord William Mansfield (1705-1793), chief justice of the King’s Bench from 1756 -1776, is considered the most outstanding English jurist of all time. His scholarship and clarity in writing opinions while on the bench were valued then and still are to this day. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Mansfield decisions over 330 times in […]
Final Rule for the No Surprises Act
The No Surprises Act, effective Jan. 1, 2022, generally protects patients from receiving unanticipated bills for emergency care rendered by providers who do not participate with the patient’s insurance coverage (out-of-network providers), and includes a prohibition on certain out-of-network providers balance billing patients. The law also requires that the patient’s insurer reimburse the out-o[...]