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Hearing shows rift on custody decision-making

Two contrasting views of Maryland child custody law came to the fore at a Senate committee meeting Thursday, with a state commission saying the focus of judicial decisions must remain solely on the best interests of the child and several lawmakers responding that courts should begin with a presumption that the parents be given joint legal and shared physical custody of the child.

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Making summer plans

Breaking with its recent pattern of hiring summer associates in alternate years, Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office will have two this year. ‘I think that our needs are increasing,’ hiring partner Charles Hirsch says. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

In the wake of the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, many local law firms rethought their summer associate programs — the traditional try-out for permanent employment after graduation — by cutting back on the number of students they planned to hire and shortening the length of the program.

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