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The First Bar Association of St. Mary’s County
Sixty-eight years ago, in 1947, eleven local lawyers founded St. Mary’s County’s first bar association. At that time, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station was only five years old. The county’s population then hovered around 15,000, the same number of people recorded in the first national census of 1790. The great changes in St. Mary’s County over the next half-century completely transformed the practice of law as those eleven lawyers understood it; as one former lawyer and judge put it, “it’s two separate worlds today, completely different, utterly different.”
Ten Tips for Landlords and Tenants
The purpose of this article is to give readers a general overview of some issues that repeatedly occur in my practice when it comes to residential leases and some tips on how to follow the law so that you don’t end up on the wrong side of a dispute.
Chapter Two of the John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project
Chapter Two of managing partner’s Samuel C.P. Baldwin, Jr. comprehensive history about the life and times of the late John Hanson Briscoe, a former St. Mary’s County lawyer, statesman, Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, and judge, is now available.
John Hanson Briscoe & Historic Sotterley
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.
Lawyer Named as One of Maryland’s Rising Stars
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.
Christmas in Old St. Mary’s County
“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.”
Catholic and Private Education in 1930’s St. Mary’s County
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.
The Collateral Source Rule in Maryland
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 & Leonardtown, Maryland in the 1930’s and 1940’s
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.
Why you Should or Should Not be a Cosigner
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.
Why a Bomb or Shooting Threat is not Protected Speech
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.
St. Mary’s: Land of the Fiddle and the Flask
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.”
National Defense Magazine, “Contractors Vulnerable to Growing Number of ‘False Claims’ Suits”
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.
Sudden Loss of Consciousness Results in Finding of No Liability
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.