Conover v. Conover: Maryland’s Recognition of De Facto Parent Status

Conover v. Conover: Maryland’s Recognition of De Facto Parent Status Brett Smoot* In July 2016, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the Court of Special Appeals in Conover v. Conover, 450 Md. 51 (2016), overturning 224 Md. App. 366 (2015).  In a major win for the LGBT community, the Court of Appeals established de factoContinue reading “Conover v. Conover: Maryland’s Recognition of De Facto Parent Status”

Keep Your Clients Close but The Bluebook Closer: Maryland Federal Judge Threatens to Dismiss Pleadings over Failure to Comply with The Bluebook

Allyson Blazey* On August 23, 2016, United States District Court Judge James Bredar issued a memorandum that made it clear that Maryland’s attorneys may need to read The Bluebook more closely. North Valley GI Med. Grp. v. Prudential Invs., Civ. No. JKB-15-3268, 2016 WL 4447037, at *1 (D. Md. Aug. 23, 2016). Prior to makingContinue reading “Keep Your Clients Close but The Bluebook Closer: Maryland Federal Judge Threatens to Dismiss Pleadings over Failure to Comply with The Bluebook”

The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems

The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems Marleigh Davis* Lately there has been a push encouraging states to move away from fixed cash bail systems and the practice of jailing those who cannot pay.  Pete Williams, Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held when They Can’t Afford Bail, NBC News (Aug.19, 2016, 5:10Continue reading “The Constitutionality of Local and State Cash Bail Systems”

Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking

Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking David Dix* Two fronts in the fight against online sex trafficking will soon come to a head.  Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, was recently arrested and charged with felony pimping. Christopher Mele, C.E.O. of Backpage.com, Known for Escort Ads, Is Charged with Pimping aContinue reading “Two Fronts Converge in the War Against Online Sex Trafficking”

BABIES in Every Public Federal Building!

BABIES in Every Public Federal Building! Siyu Qian* Former President Obama’s love of babies is no surprise to anyone.  A simple search on Google of “Obama with babies” reveals endless images of him holding babies (and one equally cute puppy).  His love of babies ultimately led to his signing of the conveniently named Bathrooms AccessibleContinue reading “BABIES in Every Public Federal Building!”