THE ADVOCATE Newsletter of The Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XXVII, NO. 2
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Rebecca A. Fleming “Each person deserves a day in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” - Maya Angelou Did you know that people who take time off, and in particular people who travel, show greater evidence of success and happiness in their careers? Unfortunately, for many different reasons, more and more people are leaving vacation time on the table. Lawyers, as a group, have trouble finding time to relax and decompress. The legal profession is notorious for the stress that is produces. That is why so many bar associations focus on the wellness of members, and why the BCBA has a Lawyers Assistance Program. The demands on attorneys, regardless of the practice area, can be extremely intense. It is common for vacations, and even short periods of time away, to end up sacrificed to client needs and
litigation schedules. Many lawyers try to maintain some semblance of balance in their life by making a conscientious effort to set aside vacation time. They may also strive to protect evening and weekend time for themselves and their families. However, in the face of trials and the demands of clients, these efforts often fall short. Just like a law student would hesitate to remind a law professor of the demands of their other classes, many lawyers believe that they must make every client feel like their only client. They find it difficult to tell a client that he or she may have to wait for anything, for fear that client will look for a lawyer who will not make them wait. In turn, placing the client’s demands above all else causes the personal and family relationships of lawyers to suffer. Continued on page 2
Inside This Edition Calendar of Events Pg Civil Law Update Pg Committee News Pg County Council Update Pg Court Notices Pg Criminal Law Update Pg District Ct Assignments Pg In Chambers With… Pg Judge Truffer Reception Pg Member Ads Pg Members News Pg Orioles Game Pg Rae Wyatt Welcome Pg Save the Date flyer Pg Tyler Nowicki Pg Wendy Sawyer Retires Pg
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Rebecca A. Fleming In the Broadway hit Hamilton, Eliza implores her lawyer/husband Alexander Hamilton to “take a break” and “run away with [her] for the summer.” While Alexander Hamilton may believe that Mike Pence could take the summer off, I do not know many practicing lawyers who would be able to run away for the summer. However, everyone needs a break now and then. But do attorneys actually get to take them? If you are paid by the billable hour, taking a vacation cuts into the time you have to bill for the year. If you are paid by the billable hour, then you really never have a paid vacation because you are losing money during your time off as a result of not billing hours. While technology has lightened our load in some respects, the ease with which people can communicate now has ended the days of a true vacation from work. I remember when I was planning to get married fifteen years ago and when a client asked how she could get in touch with me while I was in Aruba for my honeymoon, I told her she couldn’t. At that time, she really couldn’t get in touch with me unless she called my hotel. Now when I leave the country I let my clients know that they can contact my office, and if necessary, someone from there will text me. So I end up looking at my phone repeatedly, hoping that I do not have a text from my office. When I was recently in Barbados I noticed when Saturday and Sunday rolled around because I knew that I would not hear from my office on those two days. Now there is no vacation that is truly safe from interruption and the demands of our clients.
the reception that the BCBA and the Baltimore County Bar Foundation are hosting for Judge Truffer to celebrate his installation as the MSBA President, so if you have not already done so, please rsvp to Rachel Fuller as soon as possible. We also have tickets left for the Oriole’s game on August 28, 2018. Join us for a Night at the Yard that includes seating in the flight deck and vouchers for food and merchandise. This is a family style event, so children are welcome. We have a limited number of tickets, so reach out to Rachel Ruocco as soon as possible if you are planning on attending the game. In addition, Martha White and the Membership Committee are hard at work planning our annual Bar Kick-off Party. The event will take place at CVP on September 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Registration is not required and this event is free for members. I hope to see you at one (or all!) of these events. BCBA President, 2018-2019
I hope that everyone has carved some time out of their busy schedules this summer to spend time doing something they love with someone they love. Or, if you need a break from the people that you love that you have managed to spend some time alone! Staycations can offer the same benefits as travelling. While you are enjoying your summer plans, I hope that you have taken a look at our Save the Date Flyer for this bar year. We are close to our limit for THE ADVOCATE
2018-19 Officers President Pres-Elect Secretary Treasurer
Rebecca A. Fleming Michael W. Siri Jay D. Miller Stanford G. Gann, Jr.
John G. Turnbull III Lisa Y. Settles Sondra M. Douglas Richard Grason VI Robert K. Erdman, Jr. Tyler J. Nowicki
Adam T. Sampson, Immediate Past President
Craig R. Borchers, Young Lawyers Chair
Ari J. Kodeck Committee Chair
Contributing Writers Michael Barranco Thomas H. Bostwick Mariela C. D’Alessio Bruce E. Friedman Kristine Howanski Laura C. Jenifer William R. Levasseur, Jr. Margaret M. McKee Cecilia B. Paizs Kate Rosenblatt Kimberly K. P. Rothwell Scott D. Shellenberger Alaina L. Storie Craig Ward Laurie M. Wasserman Matt Wyman The Advocate is a monthly publication of the Baltimore County Bar Association informing its members about current events relating to law. Articles do not necessarily reflect the official position of the BCBA and publication does not constitute an endorsement of views expressed.
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Family Law Committee Planning Meeting, 4:30 pm, Grand Jury Room ADR Committee Planning Meeting, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Reception for Judge Keith Truffer, MSBA President, 5 pm, The Point, 523 York Road, Towson Criminal Law Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room SLLZ Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room Solo/Small firm Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room Technology Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room NIWC Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room Entertainment Committee Planning Meeting, 4:30 pm, Grand Jury Room Law Day Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room Orioles Night at the Yard, 7:05 pm, Flight Deck, Camden Yards Young Lawyers Committee Planning Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room
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Courts and Bar Office Closed for Labor Day Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 5 pm, Women’s Law Center, 305 W. Chesapeake Ave, Suite 201, Towson Bar Year Kick-Off Party, 5-7 pm, CVP, 19 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Towson Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic, 4:30 pm -6:30 pm Estates & Trusts Committee Happy Hour, 5:30 -7:30 pm, Towson Tavern, 516 York Road, Towson Professionalism Committee Meeting, 5 pm, Grand Jury Room New Law Clerk Orientation, 4:30 pm Family Law Meet & Greet, 6 pm, Eagle’s Nest Country Club, 12821 Stone Hill Road, Phoenix Retirement Party for Judge Wyman, 1 -4 pm, Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht club Rd, Essex Page 3
MDEC IS COMING TO BALTIMORE COUNTY The Baltimore County MDEC Kickoff was held on Friday, June 8th. The Baltimore County District Court and Circuit Court are in full preparation mode for the February 19th, 2019 Go Live Date. For assistance and advice, please visit www.courts.state.md.us/mdec. Look for more information regarding MDEC and Baltimore County in future issues of The Advocate.
-Judicial VacanciesThere are 2 vacancies for Baltimore County. There is 1 vacancy for District Court and 1 vacancy for Circuit Court. The vacancies opened on Tuesday, July 24 and will close on Wednesday, August 15. The Baltimore County Judicial Nominating Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 19, Thursday, September 20, and Friday, September 21.
COURT NOTICES -FAMILY LAW DIVISIONGrounds for Divorce: As of October 1, 2018, a divorce on the ground of mutual consent can be granted in cases where the parties have minor children together (See: SB120). As a practice pointer, it might be a good idea for counsel to include language in the agreement indicating that the parties agree that the custody and child support arrangements in the agreement are in their childrenâ€™s best interests. Hearing Date Controls: In Baltimore County the Court can proceed on the ground of mutual consent with children, as long as all of the requirements are met, for all Hearings occurring on or after October 1, 2018; provided that the pleadings are proper. Who Must Appear: If the parties have minor children and are proceeding on the grounds of mutual consent, both parties must appear at the Hearing. A previously filed application for Limited or Absolute Divorce can now be orally amended in open Court to allow the Court to decree an Absolute Divorce on the grounds of a 12-month separation with the consent of the other party at a Hearing on the merits (HB 1368; Chapter 782).
in the same paper where the relief sought in those Motions is different. For instance, an Answer should be filed as an Answer, separately and distinctly from a Motion to Dismiss. As we get ready for the rollout of MDEC in Baltimore County in 2019, that requirement becomes even more critical. MDEC: Orders should no longer contain fill in the blanks. Get used to having the date at the end of the Order, rather than leaving blanks in the opening paragraph of the Order. Town Hall Handouts: For those who were unable to attend the Town Hall Meeting on April 17, 2018, we are providing scans of the two handouts that were circulated (one having to do with Civil Contempt Protocol for Family Cases and the other setting forth the new policy on Child Access Evaluations).
FAMILY LAW JUDGE ROTATION
Consolidated Cases: Until the cases are consolidated, ALL pleadings should be filed in BOTH cases.
The following Judgeâ€™s Rotation List for the Baltimore County Circuit Court Family Law Division, effective July 1, 2018 (to December 31, 2018), modifies the previously published list as follows: Judge Kathleen G. Cox
Both case numbers should be included on all further pleadings and Orders so that both cases can be closed in a timely fashion.
Judge John J. Nagle III Judge Jan Marshall Alexander Judge Justin J. King
Judge Keith R. Truffer
The Court reiterates the requirement that pleadings and motions should not be combined in the same paper. Also, multiple Motions should not be combined THE ADVOCATE
Judge Judith C. Ensor- July 1 - September 30 Judge Colleen Cavanaugh - October 1 - December 31 August 2018
SALUTE TO WENDY SAWYER By Terri Beck Over fifty people braved the heat of the Towson Green Turtle roof top “Happy Hour” on July 11th to salute Wendy Sawyer on the occasion of her retirement. More experienced members such as Leon Berg, Mike Mc Bee and Bill Levasseur recall as I do, family law practice when mediation was just emerging from what was then the “ Support and Custody” office originally on the 4th floor, and when Wendy was starting her legal career as law clerk for Judge DeWaters. After practicing, Wendy returned to the Courthouse and with her guidance that function has become the Office of Family Mediation. Now the Circuit Court boasts a large menu of services to include not only custody, but child support, adoptions, marital property, contempt mediation and parenting classes. Judge Ballou Watts, Wendy Shenker, Judge Jakubowski and later arriving Judge Cox, Abby Cohen and Tim Sheridan agreed with the many accolades for Wendy when Mary Sanders on behalf of the family law committee members presented her with new luggage tags, a $1500 gift card and a most delicious Sugarbaker’s cake. Wendy’s husband was also on hand to concur in the presentation. BCBA Executive Council members Rob Erdman and Rich Grason joined President Rebecca Fleming in toasting Wendy’s steadfast attention to having well trained staff that was always eager to help. Foster Care attorneys and “Adoption” attorneys such as Peggy Swain and Carolyn Thaler joined family law practitioners, Kris Howanski, (who was joined by nearly her entire firm ) Anna Walsh, Kris Malanga, along with nearly the entire Turnbull /Sanders firm, as well as countless others at this event. Even many of the non- Towson attorneys such as Roanne Handler, and Alexandra Paradise made it as well. Anamari Anderson, joined by Andy THE ADVOCATE
Gange, Adirenne Mather, Howard Rollins and Linda Heilman, as well as assistants Arlene Gring, and Katie Loft made another presentation of a huge gift basket full of individually wrapped presents. Anamari noted the importance of Wendy’s efforts in getting the needed educational opportunities for them to do the great job that they do. Patti Vias who started out in the Mediation Offices along with Luellen Watson also attended. Early Mediator/ and Parenting co teacher, Kathy Rogers was welcomed by all. Arriving fashionably late, but likely having the farthest to travel were retired staffers, Anne Grason, Sharon Koenig and Sally Moen.
RICHARD ABBOTT SAYS GOODBYE TO BALTIMORE COUNTY AND HELLO TO THE STATE
TO THE BALTIMORE COUNTY FAMILY LAW BAR By Wendy Sawyer Since there are so many of you I wanted to thank, I thought an email to everyone would be the best way to do it. I just want to thank all the members of the Family Bar for your generous retirement gifts. The luggage tags are every clever and I know Jeffrey and I will think of you each time we use them. The flowers were beautiful and the cake was awesome. And the VISA cards will buy a lot of gas for my new RV! I was absolutely overwhelmed by your gifts. I really enjoyed my party and I thank everyone who was able to make it. It is bittersweet, I must admit. But I am looking forward to having more free time to garden, and especially to travel. We have a couple of trips planned already.
All of you have been so great to work with in our endeavor to help families. Attorneys like you have made my job a real pleasure and I thank you for that. The Office of Family Mediation has been extremely lucky to have such good attorneys with whom to work. I know the next Director will be able to continue our work. Please know that I will always remember your generosity and the ways that you all made my job easier.
Richard Abbott was presented with a Congratulations Cookie at the June Family Division Meeting chaired by Judge Jakubowski. Judge Deely graciously snapped the photo as Judges King, Robinson, Finifter and the entire family division wished him well. Richard, after serving as Family Law Administrator for many years and most recently was the Baltimore County Circuit Deputy Court Administrator has decided to reverse his daily commute. Richard is leaving to go to Annapolis where he will be serving as the AOC Director of Juvenile and Family Services.
IN CHAMBERS WITH JUDGE C. CAREY DEELEY, JR. by Michael S. Barranco
Judge Deeley became an Associate Judge of the Baltimore County Circuit Court on December 16, 2016 after a distinguished career in private practice at Venable, LLP and Cook, Howard, Downes, and Tracy, which merged with Venable in 1989. Judge Deeley attended the St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, Maryland, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. When asked what he enjoys most about serving as a judge, his response was "everything---the litigants, lawyers, cases, and the hard working people in the Courthouse are simply the best." He finds the experience to be "invigorating and challenging" and he is thankful for the opportunity to serve the public at this time in life. He goes to work each day, hoping to "solve the problem." When asked about his judicial style, he recently stated that he likes to "get to the essence of an issue quickly." Judge Deeley's advice to young lawyers is to "treat every client like family and treat each case with equal importance." Judge Deeley stated "[a]sk yourself how you wish to be professionally remembered every time you walk into a courtroom." Judge Deeley also sees great value in being involved in our bar association. "Participation allows you to connect with the legal community while learning the ropes from storied practitioners within arm's reach." Judge Deeley has been a member of the Baltimore County Bar Association since 1980. He served on the Executive Council from 1987 to 1998 and became President in 1996. He received the Judith P. Ritchey Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to the Association in 2006. Over the years, he also enjoyed writing what he describes as "fun" articles and columns in The Advocate. Interestingly, at an early age Judge Deeley aspired to be a doctor, and then, after a regrettable dose of organic chemistry, a teacher. He taught English for three years at the Norfolk Academy, where he also coached lacrosse and soccer. He recently admitted in a publication of his alma mater, St. Paul's School, that he was likely inspired by the "romanticized concept of the lawyer Atticus Finch" in his favorite book, To Kill a Mockingbird. But it was his desire to help people solve problems and move their lives forward which ultimately led him into the legal profession. Judge Deeley believes these same motivations are what led him to serve on the bench. He wanted to "marshal everything" he had learned in his many years of practice to help people with problems.
IN CHAMBERS WITH JUDGE C. CAREY DEELEY by Michael S. Barranco Editor's Note: Each judge profiled is asked a set of questions. Judge Deeley's answers are as follows: Favorite Restaurants:
Green Leaf in Hunt Valley
Favorite Sports Team:
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Favorite type of music or Artist:
Station on your car radio right now:
Playing the drums
Brigance Brigade Foundation
To Kill a Mockingbird
Travel destination still on bucket list:
If could meet one person, living or dead, who would you want to meet:
Bill Evans, Jazz Pianist
f you had not gone into the law, what profession would you choose:
Member of the Baltimore County Bar who has passed he misses the most:
Judge Austin W. Brizendine, Jr. (Judge Deeley was his Law Clerk 1978 to 1979)
CIVIL LAW UPDATE By Ceecee Paizs
Review of the Amicus Curiarum for May 2018 revealed the following civil cases of interest: THE COURT OF APPEALS: Heather Stanley Christian, M.D. v. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates of Maryland, LLC, et al., No. 51, September Term 2017, filed April 23, 2018. Opinion by Green, J. Ms. Christian brought an action against MaternalFetal Associates for wrongful discharge. MaternalFetal Associates prevailed on motions and then sought attorneys’ fees of $500,000.00. The trial court found no substantial justification for any of the claims brought by Ms. Christian against Maternal-Fetal and awarded $300,000.00 in attorneys’ fees to Maternal-Fetal. Both parties timely appealed. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed the trial court’s findings on the claims of fraudulent inducement, negligent misrepresentation and wrongful termination, but reversed the trial court’s findings with respect to the claims of breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. The Court of Appeals granted certiorari. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that a claim lacks substantial justification if a party has no “reasonable basis for believing the claims would generate an issue of fact for the fact finder (See Inlet Assocs. V. Harrison Inn Inlet, Inc. 324 Md. 254, 268, 596 A. 2d 1049, 1056 (1991) or the claim “is not fairly debatable, not colorable, or not within the realm of legitimate advocacy,” (URS Corp. v. Fort Myer Construction Corp., 452 Md. 48, 72, 156 A.3d THE ADVOCATE
753, 768 (2017). In the present case, the trial court properly found that the Petitioner brought her claim after failed attempts to negotiate for greater financial benefits with Maternal-Fetal lacked substantial justification. The Court determined that the trial court was not clearly erroneous in its determination that no genuine dispute existed as to any material fact. The Court found, however, that the trial court must make specific findings on the record regarding the reasonableness of the fees requested by an aggrieved party pursuant to Maryland Rule 1-341. Faced with multiple counts in the complaint in which some counts satisfied the “substantial justification burden, the court must make a determination that the particular attorney’s fees imposed are reasonable in light of what the party incurred while defending the unjustified claims. The Court remanded the issue of attorneys fees so that the trial court could make a specific determination of an award of attorney’s fees for expenses actually incurred as a result of defending the claims lacking substantial justification.
Victoria Seaborne-Worsley v. Jeffrey Mintiens, No. 26, September Term 2017, filed April 20, 2018. Opinion by McDonald, J. Seaborne-Worsley filed a negligence action against Mintiens in the District Court for injuries she sustained in an automobile accident. Seaborne -Worsley’s husband drove her car to a restaurant. In the parking lot, he parked the car perpendicular to the parking spots where cars were already parked and exited the car, leaving her in the car. Mintiens pulled his truck out of the parking spot he was in without seeing the car, striking the passenger side of the car and injuring SeaborneWorsley. When Seaborne-Worsley sued, Mintiens claimed that her husband’s negligence in parking August 2018
CIVIL LAW UPDATE By Ceecee Paizs the car improperly was the proximate cause of the injuries and that under the imputed contributory negligence doctrine precluded her from recovery. The doctrine of imputed contributory negligence holds an owner-passenger of a car liable for the permissive-driver’s negligent operation of the car. As the owner of the vehicle, the District Court imputed Seaborne-Worsley’s husband’s negligence to her and found her contributorily negligent, barring her from recovery. The Circuit Court affirmed, and the Court of Appeals granted certiorari. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the the doctrine of imputed negligence does not apply when an injured owner-passenger seeks recovery for injuries suffered in an accident in which the owner-passenger was not at fault. The Court stated that the original purpose of the doctrine was to ensure compensation for innocent victims and to spread risk. The Court recognized that in the context of the modern automobile and the erosion of the doctrine of imputed negligence over time in Maryland, application of the doctrine is less compelling.
THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS:
The Court of Special Appeals reversed and remanded the case, stating that the requirements under the plain language of FL §12-201(n)(2) requires the parent to keep children for 35% of the overnights to be entitled to apply the shared physical custody formula under the child support guidelines. In exercising its discretion, the court may consider evidence concerning a parent’s failure to keep the child more than 35% of the overnights as awarded in the visitation order. The case was remanded to the circuit court to make the threshold factual determination as to whether father kept the children for more than 35% of the overnights in a year. Otherwise, the sole physical custody formula should be used.
Review of the Amicus Curiarum for July 2018 revealed the following civil cases of interest:
Jonathan Rose v. Andrea Rose, No. 432, September Term, 2017, filed February 1, 2018. Opinion by Beachley, J. Under the terms of the Roses’ Separation and Property Settlement Agreement, the schedule of parenting time for the father was between 35-36% of the overnights in a year. At the end of the first year, when the annual requirement in the agreement to recalculate the child support arrived, mother argued that father did not meet the overnight percentage contained in the agreement, and that he therefore did not meet the requirements under the Child SupTHE ADVOCATE
port Guidelines to have child support calculated on a shared physical custody schedule. The circuit court decided not to receive evidence concerning the number of overnights the father kept the children and instead calculated the child support based on the number of overnights awarded in the Consent Custody Order, using the share physical custody formula.
THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS: Lyonel Jose, Jr. v. Sandra Jose (Farnham), No. 782, September Term 2017, filed June 27, 2018. Opinion by Kenney, J. Father was in the military and stationed in California when the child was between the ages of two and seven. During that time, under a voluntary separation agreement, the child spent four months a year with Father in California while Mother had primary physical custody in Maryland.
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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, TYLER NOWICKI by Ari Kodek team. His favorite color is blue
Tyler Nowicki received his appointment to the BCBA Executive Council at the Stated Meeting on June 21, 2018. Not one to shy away from work, Tyler was the Law Day Committee Chair in 2018 and did a fantastic job planning bot the breakfast and the noon ceremony. We caught up with him long enough to ask him some very important questions and provide the membership with his introduction: Born in Bel Air, Maryland, Tyler attended Bel Air public schools until he began his college career. He attended University of Delaware and, much to his father, John Nowicki’s pride attended the University of Baltimore Law School. He graduated and became a practicing attorney in his father’s practice. Tyler lives with a massive guard named Penny, a 7lb Yorkoranian (Yorkie/ Pomeranian mix). After losing many arguments with his father as a child, Tyler came to the realization that his father argued for a living. Tyler loves the stage and finds it resembles trial work. He witnessed the delight his father received going through the ranks in his career and the good he accomplished for the communityTyler’s mentors are his father, Judge Turnbull and Judge Bollinger One of Tyler’s best memories of his childhood involved his grandfather. Tyler grew up spending summers in his grandfather’s bar “Walt’s Tavern” in Edgemere and eating lunch with him while he assisted him in the bar. His favorite hobbies include coaching soccer and tennis tournaments while staying in hotels with the THE ADVOCATE
His most memorable case happened to be his very first case: a minor traffic offense in front of Judge Chester. You never forget your first case. Welcome aboard Tyler!
CIVIL LAW UPDATE By Ceecee Paizs In 2015, when Father’s military obligations concluded, he relocated to Maryland and sought joint legal and shared physical custody. The circuit court ultimately granted joint legal custody with Mother having the tiebreaker, and physical custody with Father on alternating weekends and some holidays and school breaks. His summer visitation was limited to two weeks and eliminated a previously agreed upon weeknight dinner visit. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part. The Court held that the circuit court’s findings as to legal custody were not clearly erroneous and it did not abuse it discretion in awarding joint legal custody with a tiebreaker to Mother. The Court held that as to the physical custody, Father’s relocation back to Maryland to be closer to the child was a material change in circumstances, and the trial court had to consider the best interests of the child in determining a physical custody and visitation schedule by evaluating the guiding factors laid out in Montgomery County Dep’t of Soci. Servs. V. Sanders, 38 MD. App. 406 (1977) and Taylor v. Taylor, 306 Md. 290 (1986). Considering the factors in this case, the Court held that the trial court made findings either without a basis in the record or without adequately explaining the relevance of its findings to the totality of the present-day circumstances.
THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER... ZEALOUS ADVOCACY DOES NOT INCLUDE BEING A JERK By Debra Cruz Harry K. Beginner, Esquire is a young attorney getting started in a high-pressure trial practice. Sometimes he encounters Jane T. Chest-Thumper, Esquire, an attorney who shouts him down on every phone call, talks over him at every deposition, and tries to intimidate him with threats of sanctions because his case is “lousy.” Is Chest-Thumper’s behavior justifiable as “zealous advocacy?” No. It is true that the Maryland Attorneys’ Rules of Professional Conduct (“MARPC”) compels zealous advocacy. Comment 1 to Rule 1.3 Diligence, speaks to the depth of that duty, noting that an attorney should pursue a matter on behalf of a client despite opposition, obstruction or personal inconvenience to a lawyer, and take what ever lawful and ethical measures are required to vindicate a client’s cause or endeavor. A lawyer must also act with commitment and dedication to the interests of the client and with zeal in advocacy upon the client’s behalf. It is sometimes suggested that the concept of lawyer as a partisan and combative zealot would seem to preclude civil behavior as the preferred approach to legal practice. Not so. Comment 1 goes on to explain:
There are limits to the lawyer’s duty to act with zeal in advocacy; although those limits are not always easy to discern, appropriate zeal never extends to offensive tactics or treating people with discourtesy or disrespect. So how do you deal with the opponent who is a jerk? Whether the Chest-Thumper, who tries to intimidate you, the Manipulator, who constantly makes speaking objections at a deposition, or The False Documenter, who, after a phone conversation, sends you the email which mis-quotes everything you said, this behavior should never be an invitation to respond in kind. Not only does that allow your opponent to control the situation, it does nothing to advance your client’s cause, which is your ultimate goal. Remember that the bark is often bigger than the bite. And once you push through the facade, you are in good shape. Huffing, Puffing, and Chest Thumping is Usually Just That. The best opponents will not bark, scream, threaten, or jump up and down. If there is a real issue, the best lawyers will just lay it out for you.
Comment: “Good rule to follow: never reward someone's incivility by giving them the headline they seek. - Joe Scarborough
A lawyer is not bound, however, to press for every advantage that might be realized for a client. . .. The lawyer’s duty to act with reasonable diligence does not require the use of offensive tactics or preclude the treating of all persons involved in the legal process with courtesy and respect. (MARPC Rule 1.3 Comment 1)
CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman the information it provides. This is different from other forms of evidence like cell tower triangulation where the common person will not know how to interpret the data provided since the information is given in the form of a street address and a time.
Lots of appellate opinions affecting criminal law over the past few months. I’ve summarized a few from the most recent editions of the Amicus Curiarum below. JANUARY Martaz Johnson v. State of Maryland, No. 6, September Term 2017, filed February 21, 2018. Opinion by McDonald, J. Johnson was a police officer with the MTA. He responded to a traffic accident involving a bus. After concluding the call, he offered to take the victim in the case home. It was alleged that while there he raped and sexually assaulted her. At trial, data from a GPS that was issued by the MTA was used to confirm the victim’s timeline of the events of that day. The data was read into the record by the custodian of records of the MTA Police. The trial court allowed the testimony over Johnson’s objection. The case ultimately ended up before the Court of Appeals. Johnson argued, amongst other things, that the witness was not an expert, and that the testimony was opinion testimony and should be stricken. The court ultimately decided that the testimony was appropriate, and upheld Johnson’s convictions. The court determined that expert testimony was not necessary since GPS devices have become so prevalent in our everyday lives that a layperson can understand them. The court likened them to a clock, or a thermometer. You don’t need to know specifically how it works in order to be able to use THE ADVOCATE
State of Maryland v. Robert Clifford Weddington, No. 52, September Term 2017, filed February 21, 2018. Opinion by Greene, J. Weddington was charged with a variety of sexual offenses. Prior to his trial, he wrote to the court looking to discharge his public defender and have his case sent to a panel attorney. The court held a hearing on his initial request, and found no meritorious reason, and denied his request. He sent two more letters to the court requesting to discharge counsel, and neither was ruled on prior to trial. At trial, he did not renew his objections orally. He was convicted in both cases. After he was already convicted, the court held hearings on his prior requests to discharge counsel, and denied them at that time. Weddington appealed on the grounds that he was denied his right to a pretrial hearing on his request to discharge counsel. The Court of Appeals held that the trial court violated Maryland Rule 4-215(e) by taking no action on Weddington’s last two letters requesting to discharge counsel. The fact that they held a hearing after the trial was meaningless as it would have failed to remedy the problem since the trial would already have concluded. Also, the court ruled that the motion need not be made orally in court, and that Weddington’s letters alone should have been enough for the court to conduct the appropriate inquiry prior to trial. Barrington Dean Watts v. State of Maryland, No. 17, September Term 2017, filed February 20, 2018. Opinion by Greene, J.
CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman Watts was convicted of several charges, including multiple assaults. The Judge instructed the jury on both modalities of Assault; attempt to frighten, and Battery. They were not instructed that they need to reach a unanimous decision as to the modality of the assault, just whether an assault occurred. Watts appealed, arguing that the court was required to instruct as to the unanimity of the modality as well. The Court of Appeals confirmed Watts’ conviction. While the Jury’s decision must be unanimous as to whether or not Watts committed the assault, there did not need to be unanimity as to the modality. The court likened it to when Maryland adopted the consolidate theft statute, and the ruling in Rice v. State 311 Md. 116 (1987). Wesley Cagle v. State of Maryland, No. 2329, September Term 2016, filed February 2, 2018. Opinion by Shaw Geter, J. Officer Wesley Cagle responded to a burglary call with two other officers. While on the scene, the suspect was shot by one of the officers while reaching in his waistband. Another officer also fired at the suspect because he believed the suspect fired at the officer. A full 10-20 seconds later, Officer Cagle shoots the suspect in the groin one time, at close range, and calls him a “piece of sh*t”. After Cagle was indicted, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby held a press conference and said that the other two officers acted reasonably and were justified in their response. Cagle attempted to have that statement entered into evidence under the hearsay exception that it was a statement of a party opponent. The trial court denied his request. He appealed to the Court of Special Appeals which upheld his conviction. The court noted two things in deciding the statement should be excluded. First, Mosby did not have personal knowledge of the incident or Officer Cagle’s actions and was thus irrelevant. Second, just THE ADVOCATE
because Mosby’s statement seemed to clear the other officers, that does not mean it serves to implicate Cagle in any criminal activity. Brandon Payton v. State of Maryland, No. 2115, September 2016 Term, filed February 1, 2018. Opinion by Beachley, J. Payton was convicted of Murder charges before a jury. His attorney made a motion for judgment of acquittal at the end of the Defense case. The Judge expressed concern that the State had not sufficiently linked a palm print to the Defendant. The Court reopened the State’s case sua sponte and stated the motion would be granted without any further evidence about the print. The State put on the testimony and the jury convicted. The Court of Special Appeals vacated Payton’s conviction. The trial judge clearly did not act impartially. The Judge reopened the State’s case for them and essentially acted as a prosecutor in telling them which evidence to present. Stanley Ray Winston v. State of Maryland, No. 2838, September 2015; Brian Cuffie Mayhew v. State of Maryland, No. 70, September 2016; Anthony Cannon v. State of Maryland, No. 74, September Term 2016, filed February 2, 2018. Opinion by Arthur, J. Winston and Cannon were charged with murder along with Brian Mayhew. The State’s theory was that Mayhew ordered Cannon and Winston to kill his cousin in order to prevent him from testifying against him in another case. The state introduced jail calls made between Mayhew and the codefendants, as well as evidence about the other murders for which Mayhew was awaiting trial. Mayhew attempted to disguise the jail calls by making them through a third party.
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CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman Winston and Cannon appealed on the grounds that the court improperly denied a request to sever the cases for trial on the basis that evidence of the other murders Mayhew was accused of would be admitted into evidence. The Court of Special Appeals held however that the court did not commit an error in doing so. The Court instructed the jury properly to only consider that particular evidence against Mayhew. Further, at least some of that evidence would have been admissible at separate trials to establish motive anyway. The Judge did not need to sever the trials unless it would result in an unfair prejudice. Winston and Cannon also contended that the testimony violated Md. Rule 5-404(b) as improper other crimes evidence. The court did not consider the merits of this argument, but ruled that Winston and Cannon do not have standing to make such an argument. In order to argue “other crimes” evidence should be excluded, the Defendants must show that the evidence showed they “acted in conformity with some criminal propensity to commit murder” since they personally were not alleged to have committed the prior murders. All three Defendants argued that the jail calls were not properly authenticated. The Court denied this argument. The State produced evidence that identified the Defendant’s voices on the calls. This was sufficient, and the state need not rule out every possibility that the evidence is something else.
COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATE by Thomas Bostwick Greetings! The members of the Baltimore County Council are grateful for the opportunity to update the County Bar on the activities of our County’s legislative body. Your seven member County Council serves as the independent Legislative Branch of County government. The Council meets year-round, generally in bi-monthly Legislative Sessions (held at night) and bi-monthly Work Sessions (held during the day). All proceedings are open to the public, and the Legislative Session is broadcast on BCTV (Comcast & Verizon channel 25). The Council’s Website at www.baltimorecountycouncil.org provides helpful information as well.
At its July 2, 2018 Legislative Session, the Council passed the following items that may be of interest to the County Bar.
Approval of Contract – Business Process Analysis – Justice System – Circuit Court – the County Council approved a contract with The Justice Management Institute, Inc. to perform a business process analysis to assess the operational impact of processing body worn camera evidence and to make recommendations to improve processing efficiency and/or eliminate delays. The process of protecting the sensitive data (e.g., names and addresses of witnesses) in the video footage, which must be made available during the discovery phase of criminal trials, is manual and labor intensive and, if not completed in time, could be deemed grounds for a trial delay or postponement. These delays result in additional work for Circuit Court agencies and also may impinge on a defendant’s right to a speedy trial. The contractor will perform the analysis to: identify opportunities to improve the operational efficiency of processing body worn camera video evidence in the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, the THE ADVOCATE
Circuit Court, and the Police Department; assess staffing levels of the court’s primary agencies with respect to video processing in order to recommend methods to improve workload management; recommend methods of workflow to lessen the impact of peak workload times; recommend methods of lessening postponements; and recommend methods to standardize any implemented changes. The analysis is expected to take about 18 weeks to complete.
Approval of Contract – Republication of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations – the Council approved a contract with Municipal Code Corporation (Municode) for the republication of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations. The contractor will edit, computerize, and print a new edition of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations (BCZR) and will host and maintain an internet website with online access to the regulations (free of charge to the public). Specifically, the contractor will publish, in printed and electronic (CD-ROM and webbased) formats, the current BCZR. The contractor will also provide the County with printed copies and electronic CD-ROM versions of the BCZR and supplements, and provide updated supplements, no less than semi-annually, based on ordinances enacted by the County Council. This agreement takes the place of a previous agreement the County had with General Code, LLC for publication of the Regulations.
Appointments – the Council approved the reappointments of J. Michael Lawlor, Esq. and Jeffrey L. Foreman, Esq. to the County’s Ethics Commission, with Mr. Foreman appointed as Chairman. The Council offers its sincerest congratulations on these appointments.
WELCOME RAE WYATT TO THE BCBA STAFF by Adam Konstas
A MESSAGE FROM THE LRIS DIRECTOR Thank you to the attorneys who have already renewed or joined for the 2018-19 Lawyer Referral Year. If you are interested in becoming a panel member or still need to renew, please click HERE for the 2018-2019 LRIS Registration Packet. We are in need of attorneys in the following areas: The BCBA welcomes Rae Wyatt as the newest BCBA employee! Rae started with the BCBA as the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) Director on June 5, 2018. Rae’s passion for people and outgoing personality drew her to the BCBA, and now she is excited to engage and interact with the BCBA membership and contribute to the BCBA’s programming, services, and events.
Rae lives in Essex with her husband and two boys, ages 12 and 14. Her 12 year old is an aspiring actor and is currently performing with the Oregon Ridge Dinner Theater. Her 14 year old enjoys playing sports and video games. Rae is a true animal lover, and her family has 3 cats, a parrot, and a turtle. Outside of work, Rae enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, going hiking and to the beach. Although Rae is from Baltimore, and she loves football, her favorite team is the New England Patriots (but we won’t hold that against her).
New this year is a Reduced Fee Program for Veterans. If you would like to prepare simple estate documents and/or expungements at a reduced rate for Veterans, let me know.
Immigration Insurance Intellectual Law Taxation If you are fluent in another language, we need you. If you are fluent in Spanish, we really need you!
To all Family Law attorneys: we are now offering Limited Scope Services for Family Law Matters. Please contact me if you are interested. I can be reached at email@example.com or 410-337-9100.
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MEMBERS NEWS Members on the Move
The Daily Record Announces 2018 VIP List
Wallace Kleid has relocated his practice Wallace Kleid Law, LLC
BCBA Members Include:
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Bryan R. Ebert, Pessin Katz Law
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Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic September, 12th 4:30â€”6:30 County Courts Building, 1st Floor, 401 Bosley Ave, Towson Lawyer in the Lobby is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Walk-ins are assisted in General Civil and Family Law matters. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rae Wyatt at email@example.com or 410-337-9100. Thank you to our volunteers for this September: Julius Blattner James Rucker E. David Silverberg Bryan Tillman
Divorce, or probating an estate. Your client has options when it comes to the real estate. Hawk Mortgage Group can help you and your client sort out the options and strategies they have at hand, to help at this time â€Ś and down the road. Jeffrey T. Hawk, President 443-619-7900 - Office 410-241-7071 - Cell Jeff@hawkmortgagegroup.com
Committee News ADR COMMITTEE
FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE
Planning Meeting, August 7, 5:00 pm, Grand Jury Room.
September 20, 6pm, Meet & Greet, Eagleâ€™s Nest Country Club
LAW DAY COMMITTEE
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Planning Meeting, August 23, 5:00 pm, Grand Jury Room LRIS COMMITTEE
BENCH/BAR COMMITTEE This committee (appointed by the BCBA Presidents) meets the second Thursday of each month, 8 a.m., in Judicial Conference Room 412. If there are issues to be brought to the attention of this committee please contact Chairperson Fred Allentoff, 443-588-0066 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 9, 5:00 pm, Grand Jury Room CLE COMMITTEE Please contact chairperson, Hasson Barnes at email@example.com with programming ideas for this year. ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 22, 4:30 pm, Grand Jury Room ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE September 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, Happy Hour a Towson Tavern October 16, 5-6pm, Court Appointments November 13, 5-6pm, Tax Updates December 18, Holiday Lunch January 22, 5-6 pm, Ethical Conduct February 12, 5-6 pm, Fiduciary Responsibilities May 21, 5pm, Annual Dinner
Please renew or consider joining the LRIS at this time. Application can be found on the website: LRIS Application. Contact Rae Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-337-9100 for more information. The 2018-2019 LRIS Panel Registration and Renewal Packet is now available. Join now! Current panel members, do not forget to renew before the end of July. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE September 5, 5-7 pm, Bar Year Kick-Off Party, CVP in Towson
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Please notify Rachel Ruocco at the Bar Office of the passing of any BCBA member. If this information is received in a timely manner, it will be emailed to all members. Thank you.
Committee News Those members who will be honored at next year’s service on November 15, 2018, at 3:30 p.m., include: W. Lee Thomas Henry J. Myerberg Philip I. Klein Ellen P. Rosenberg Judge Dana M. Levitz Lawrence Melfa JR Francomano, III Donna C. Baust Kevin Kamenetz Edward Pinder
REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 14, 5pm, Grand Jury Room STATE & LOCAL LAWS (SLLZ) COMMITTEE
If you know of any other BCBA Member who passed away (since August 15, 2017), please advise Rachel Ruocco immediately, so they can be included in the service. Thank you. The reception for family and friends to honor and remember loved ones will be held immediately following the service. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated to support the Memorial Reception, and can be made payable to the BCBA, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. Donors will be acknowledged on the printed program. NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WORKERS’ COMP COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 21, 5pm, Grand Jury Room
October 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Pro Bono Day, Essex Library October 23, 5-7 pm, Pro Bono Awards, Pessin Katz Law
September 17, 5-6pm, Committee Meeting PUBLIC AWARENESS & SPEAKERS COMMITTEE AKA CIVICS & LAW ACADEMY THE ADVOCATE
Planning Meeting, August 13, 5pm, Grand Jury Room TECHONOLGY COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 15, 5:00 pm, Grand Jury Room YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE Planning Meeting, August 30, 5:00 pm, Grand Jury Room Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive, December 5, 12-2 pm, County Courts Building Bull & Oyster Roast, March 31, 2-6 pm, Towson American Legion
PRO BONO COMMITTEE
October 12, Civics & Law Academy, CCBC Dundalk November 16, Civics & Law Academy, CCBC Owings Mills
Third Thursdays, Various establishments in Towson, 5 p.m. Come join young lawyers, judicial law clerks, and a special monthly guest to relax and network. September 20 October 18 November 15 December 20 January 17 February 21 March 21 April 18 May 16 June 20
MVLS PRO BONO PORTAL—BRINGING INNOVATION AND PRO BONO TOGETHER By Maxine Roberts ing to leverage technology to expand the reach of our services and the commitment of our volunteers.” During an initial trial with current volunteer attorneys, MVLS’ new Pro Bono Portal received positive reviews. According to Richard (Ricky) L. Adams, associate at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, the new Pro Bono Portal is “very easy to understand and determine which cases might be interesting to me as an attorney. Hopefully this tool will make it easier for attorneys to volunteer and to share cases with colleagues they know might be looking for such opportunities!” While the Portal works for all attorneys, it’s particularly ideal for new attorneys to be able to see all the available cases (sortable by case type and ge-
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, unveiled the new Pro Bono Portal to easily connect volunteer attorneys with vulnerable Marylanders who need legal help. Through a mobile-friendly and optimized user interface, attorneys can quickly identify individuals and families who need their expertise. The Pro Bono Portal displays cases in real time using a color-coded system that organizes cases by type and geographic region. “We are always looking for ways to increase the speed at which we can match Marylanders in need with the generous support of volunteer attorneys. Our refreshed Pro Bono Portal is a wonderful example of how we are evolving our technology to help more people,” said Bonnie Sullivan, executive director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). “Now, attorneys can easily check available cases from any mobile device and no matter where they are in their daily activities. We look forward to continuTHE ADVOCATE
Paul E. Alpert, Retired Judge Available for Mediation and Arbitration Former Judge of District Court, Circuit Court and Court of Special Appeals
Running Club. Monthly runs will be held on the last Thursday of each month. August â€“ May, 5:30 p.m., meet in Patriot Plaza. December-February, meet at 401 Washington Avenue, Lobby. We recommend that runners bring reflective gear, headlamps, etc. Please RSVP to Craig Borchers, email@example.com, thanks.
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