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Welcome to a new year with the Section

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission With summer ended, our Section Council will be meeting to plan for the upcoming year, and I congratulate our two new Section Council members — Kirstin Lustila, an assistant attorney general in the State Treasurer’s Office, and Neil Murphy, deputy county attorney for St. Mary’s County. As aContinue reading “Welcome to a new year with the Section”

“Mudlarking” and “plogging” may threaten archeological sites

By Elizabeth AdamsPrince George’s County Office of Law “Mudlarking” is a hobby that finds its origins in “street urchins” that searched the banks of the Thames for coins or other valuables taken by the river and later returned to the land through the ebb and flow of the tides. “Plogging” is a more modern construct;Continue reading ““Mudlarking” and “plogging” may threaten archeological sites”

Online dispute resolution in the courts increases access while saving resources

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Conflict management principles can provide solutions for ongoing disputes, and even lead to the creation of dispute system designs to handle categories of disputes. The use of computers has led to the creation of online dispute resolution (“ODR”) processes as well. The growth of ODR has inContinue reading “Online dispute resolution in the courts increases access while saving resources”

Court of Special Appeals holds county immune in well contamination case

By Stephanie Pankiewicz, associate county attorneyandPatricia Kane, chief, Division of Insurance Defense LitigationOffice of the County Attorney, Montgomery County The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed dismissal of a negligence claim arising out of saltwater contamination of a private well. In Creighton v. Montgomery Cty., the plaintiff claimed her well water was contaminated by theContinue reading “Court of Special Appeals holds county immune in well contamination case”

Message from the Chair

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission The Section Council is excited to announce our virtual State and Local Government Institute tomorrow (Friday, June 17th). We considered an in-person event, but faced challenges in finding a space that is large enough for members to spread out while trying to provide a hybrid option forContinue reading “Message from the Chair”

Robert Levan, informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, passes away

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Robert Levan — father of Section Council member Elissa Levan — passed away yesterday, April 28, 2022. I know all of us in the Section join in offering condolences to Elissa. Bob Levan was known as the informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, and served as a mentor (with incredibleContinue reading “Robert Levan, informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, passes away”

Courts have discretion to consider moot issues on appeal

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The Court of Appeals, in In re S.F., ____ Md. ____, 2022 WL 324890 (February 3, 2022), recently confirmed that, even when an issue is moot, courts still have discretion to consider it. The decision involved a “no suspension from school” probation condition imposed on a minor, whoContinue reading “Courts have discretion to consider moot issues on appeal”

“Lunch and Learn” Discusses Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg At the Section’s latest “lunch and learn” session on February 25, Michael Foreman, Law Professor and Director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Pennsylvania State University School of Law, spoke about religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. He pointed out that, while vaccinations can be required, an employerContinue reading ““Lunch and Learn” Discusses Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates”

Message from the Chair

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission The Section Council committees have continued working on upcoming programs for our members, reviewing bills during the Maryland General Assembly session identified by the MSBA as having particular impact on local and state government, and, importantly, exploring ways to have more of our members involved in theContinue reading “Message from the Chair”

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