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Mar 17, 2014

Jack L.B. Gohn: Beachheads and enclaves

Beachheads and enclaves, whether social, legal, or military, can resemble each other a lot. Each is a small pocket where the norms of the outside world don’t apply.

Mar 6, 2014

Steven I. Platt: One quid pro quo over the line

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and the former first lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, have now been indicted for accepting gifts from a “friend” and the friend’s company.

Feb 19, 2014

Jack L. B. Gohn: Two things about Jersey City

Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City, N.J., sure was the perfect place to hear about the recent flap over the Coca Cola Super Bowl commercial.

Feb 18, 2014

Joe Surkiewicz: Justice for an underserved community

At the FreeState Legal Project, Maryland’s newest civil legal aid program for low-income people, the goal is straightforward: to help lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people lead healthier, happier lives that are free of discrimination.

Feb 6, 2014

Steven I. Platt: The legacy of John Hanson Briscoe

On Jan. 1, John Hanson Briscoe Sr., the former administrative judge of the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, judge of the Seventh Circuit Court of Maryland and speaker of the House of Delegates, passed from among us.

Jan 26, 2014

Joe Surkiewicz: New legal outreach for rural homeless veterans

Homelessness among the nation’s veterans is down 24 percent since 2010, putting the Obama administration on track to meet its goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2015.

Jan 20, 2014

Jack L.B. Gohn: Not treason

The fight to shape the public’s perception of Edward Snowden has recently steered us into interesting constitutional territory.

Dec 30, 2013

Joe Surkiewicz: New program removes stigma for sex trafficking victims

Jessica Emerson, an advocate working with human trafficking victims, calls a prostitution charge on the rap sheet of a sex trafficking victim the “mightiest misdemeanor.”

Dec 29, 2013

Barry Rosen: When hospitals, docs fall out

Two recent cases involving hospital bylaws and policies have resulted in pro-hospital and anti-doctor results.

Dec 29, 2013

Andrew Baida: Staying on track

Some may think that being an empty-nester for 12 hours has nothing to do with the subject of today’s article, which was prompted by an email I received from a lawyer.

Dec 15, 2013

Jack Gohn: Not so law-abiding, not so exceptional

In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, Daniel Hannan posits that America is indeed exceptional, and that what makes it so is its adherence to law.

Nov 28, 2013

Steven I. Platt: Thanks for leaders past, hope for leaders future

As this column was being written, Thanksgiving Day was imminent, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are approaching and 2013 is coming to an end.

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