During his retirement John Hanson Briscoe served as the president of Sotterley’s board of trustees. John Hanson, whose father was born at Sotterley and whose family owned the land for much of the nineteenth-century, was interviewed a few years after he left the board.
David J. Hebb, Esq. has been listed in Maryland Super Lawyers® 2015’s list of rising stars. Mr. Hebb is one of only two lawyers in the entire state recognized in the field of consumer bankruptcy.
“On Christmas Day, you had your private time and you had your breakfast and you opened your presents and by the time, I guess that would be about noonish, the first carload would arrive to wish you a happy new year. And it was certain houses that you went to. A certain time we went to the Briscoe’s; at a certain time we went to the Loker’s; at a certain time we had to be at our house. Almost every house got visited.”
Prior to 1930, most of the people who lived inSt. Mary’s County worked as watermen and farmers. To work in those professions there was no need for a formal education. At that time, St. Mary’s County was predominantly Catholic. All the schools were either Catholic or private because there was no public education. There was a white Catholic high school and a black Catholic high school, the Cardinal Gibbons Institute. There were two private secular high schools, the Charlotte Hall Military Academy and Leonardtown Hall.
Maryland has a collateral source rule. This means that when you are injured in an accident, you have the right to recover the full value of the cost of treatment and your other economic losses, even to the extent that those values exceed your out-of-pocket costs.
John Hanson Briscoe and other St. Mary’s County residents reflect growing up in a less developed, St. Mary’s County. They recall living in the sidewalk town of Leonardtown or on farms on either end of the County. John Hanson Briscoe left a lasting impression on St. Mary’s County and he certainly left a lasting impression on those who knew him as evident by their kind words when reflecting on his life.
It’s that time of year when college kids are heading back to school. Many of them are moving into a new apartment. Obtaining a lease for an apartment or a car, or purchasing a vehicle entails a significant financial commitment. Many times the borrower or potential tenant has little or no credit history. In these cases, the lender or landlord will often require a parent or other person to cosign the note or lease as a condition of acceptance.
While the First Amendment protects many kinds of speech, it does not give people a blanket right to say whatever they want wherever they want. Some types of speech are regulated for commercial purposes under copyright laws.
Despite the enactment of Prohibition laws, whiskey stills abounded in St. Mary’s County during the 1920s and 1930s. Aleck Loker, prominent local historian, wrote “….when the nation went dry, St. Mary’s County rediscovered the value of home-brewed liquor…. Bootlegging offered a large return on investment – about $24.00 for each $4.00 sack of sugar.”
Gene Townsend, financial consultant for the Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C. business group, points local contractors’ attention to an important new court ruling, with an excellent report of the ruling by the National Defense Industrial Association’s magazine, National Defense.
Imagine this…you are sitting in traffic at a stop light in line with several other cars when a car comes along at full speed and plows into the back of the line causing a chain-reaction collision. You should be able to recover compensation for your injuries because the operator of the last car is obviously negligent, right? Well, yesterday, the Maryland Court of Appeals held otherwise.
In the case of Drexler v. Bornman, an issue arose before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals concerning the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act i.e. the “Act”. The Act states that a court in a child’s home state (which is determined by where the child lived with the parent for at least six consecutive months, with temporary absences allowed) “has exclusive jurisdiction to make an initial child custody determination.” This means that only the child’s home state courts can determine who gets child custody.
Let’s face it: the cellphone has become the every man’s digital assistant. We use it to manager our calendars, store information on our personal and business contacts, do our basic banking, check our email, access our social media, navigate unfamiliar areas and hundreds of other tasks in our daily lives. As a result of modern technology and our everyday behaviors, our devices that we carry in our pockets and purses contain an enormous amount of personal data about you. Even your mere location is traceable whenever you make a call, send a text or upload a new status update.
This past Saturday, over 1400 people from across Southern Maryland gathered at the 4th annual Historic St. Mary’s City Beerfest. The festival marked the culmination of a year’s worth of planning by managing partner, Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr., chairman of the Beerfest Committee.