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Editorial Advisory Board: Administering justice

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Recently, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera released a “Statement on Equal Justice Under Law” urging “members of the system of justice” to  “assure that our courts do not suffer bias, conscious or unconscious,” and examine “the reasons for disproportionate impact ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Protecting the child, obeying the Constitution

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Family court judges in Maryland follow the frequent practice of sua sponte adding a nondisparagement provision to divorce decrees, simply announcing that fact to the parties. While parties to a divorce can always enter into nondisparagement agreements voluntarily and have them enforced by ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Affidavit judgments, due process, and emergency proceedings

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While we recognize the tremendous challenges facing the Maryland courts during the pandemic and court closure, we raise a troubling issue regarding some district courts that are issuing affidavit judgments during the court closure. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera’s administrative ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: The limits of executive authority

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President Donald Trump recently proclaimed that he intended to order states to reopen their economies and lift stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders issued by governors to protect the health and safety of citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic. “When somebody is the ...

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Editorial Advisory Board: Front-line workers and child custody issues

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a growing number of child custody issues are arising among parents who share custody of their minor children. The most looming is whether parents who are considered front-line workers pose a health risk to their children. ...

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