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Small business ‘boot camp’ to address legal concerns of entrepreneurs

Pro Bono Resource Center executive director Sharon Goldsmith wants to turn the boot camp into an annual event. (File photo)

Pro Bono Resource Center executive director Sharon Goldsmith was talking recently with a woman who was interested in opening a daycare for disabled and elderly people to fill an unmet need she saw in the Baltimore community. Like many who contemplate launching a business, the woman wasn’t sure exactly what this endeavor would entail, Goldsmith said, but she was able to give her a suggested first step: register for a new “Pro Bono Small Business Boot Camp” to be held May 2 at Waverly Elementary School in the city.

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Attorneys partner to help with military tax returns

As tax season winds down, late filers are rushing to complete their income tax returns before the April 15 deadline. But for the tax controversy attorneys at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, one of the busiest parts of tax season happened a few months back. For the fourth year, attorneys at the Baltimore firm participated in a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service, the American Bar Association and the U.S. military called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA, helping to instruct military service members on how to prepare military income tax returns.

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Law students partner with Swiss organization to track war criminals

Law student Alexandra Rickart is part of the collaboration between the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law and TRIAL Watch. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center for International and Comparative Law, Alexandra Rickart spent over a month delving into the criminal history of a convicted war criminal and writing a detailed profile as part of a partnership between the law school and TRIAL, or Tracking Impunity Always, a Swiss nongovernmental organization that tracks and publishes information on those who are alleged to have committed genocide, torture or other war crimes. Students began working on the project — called TRIAL Watch — last fall, and Rickart is one of five students at the center who are participating this semester.

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