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Litigating Civility: Protecting the Rights of the Falsely Accused

People falsely alleged to have committed crimes can lose their freedom, their livelihood, and their good name in the community, but there are remedies for the falsely accused and ways to punish the false accuser.

Victims come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and creeds. On May 26, 2020 in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Twitter was flooded with a video of an interaction in in Rambler Park of New York City between Amy Cooper, a white female dog walker and Christian Cooper (unrelated) an African-American bird watcher who asked Ms. Cooper to re-leash her dog in accordance with the park's rules. The encounter, which was recorded by Mr. Cooper escalated from that simple request to Ms. Cooper falsely accusing Mr. Cooper of threatening her life while weaponizing the racial dynamic. Specifically, as Mr. Copper recorded the exchange and the unleashed dog, Ms. Cooper sneered that she was going to call the police and "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life"

Working in the time of Coronavirus: COVID-19 and Maryland Workers' Compensation

For many of us, social distancing and staying home to avoid getting sick is more than enough stress. As we try to re-open our economy, more and more of us face the prospect of returning to work and potential increased risk for exposure. Of course our most essential workers, including doctors, nurses, police and many others never stopped working.

How an Increase in Deliveries, a Decrease in Truck Drivers, and Changes to Regulations for Commercial Trucks could Result in more Trucking Accidents in the U.S., and Put You at Risk

With many individuals across the nation staying home due to state-wide restrictions imposed during the Coronavirus ("COVID-19") crisis, one of the few positives was the anticipated reduction in motor vehicle collisions. However, it is quickly becoming apparent that an already strained commercial trucking industry may be facing the "perfect storm," and innocent drivers on the road are being put in danger.

"To do's" and "Do Nots" for Public Sector Employees in Domestic Matters

Roanne Handler, a seasoned domestic attorney at SBW Law, has put together her wise advice for anyone involved in a domestic matter that is employed in the public sector:

Divorce 101

Your therapist is there for you to sort through the tangled web of emotional issues of a divorce. Your attorney is there to help you sort through the business issues involved in a marriage. It can be an exhausting process, and, at times, overwhelming , but by collecting and organizing your finances and important papers in one, coherent system, you will significantly reduce much of the anxiety associated with a divorce and begin to plan for your future.

Visualize the operation of your home as you would that of a business. There are routine monthly expenses: the mortgage, vehicle payments, health care and life insurance premiums, utility and cell phone bills, cable subscriptions, household maintenance expenses, and, hopefully, emergency funds set aside for unexpected expenses.

Settling a Case

"Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."

-Abraham Lincoln, Notes for a Law Lecture

I've always loved this quote. It reminds me that being a lawyer is an opportunity to settle disputes and keep peace. It's certainly a lot better than blood feuds and pistols at dawn.

That said, a lot of people get understandably nervous about settlement discussions. They ask: why am I being offered this amount? Is it too little? What will happen if I reject it and I lose? Is my attorney saying I should give up?

I'm Single With No Children, Do I Really Need A Will?

The simple answer is yes, of course! Everyone should have a Will. Obviously, getting a Will is not a subject many people like to talk about, especially young people, but is something that is very important to have done as soon as you can, even if you are single and currently have no children. First, it is important because it gives you control over your assets and what you want done with them in the event of your untimely passing. If you do not have a Will, then the State's laws take over and your assets may end up in someone's hands you never intended, or may even go to the State.

Human Trafficking And Hotel Liability

The Epidemic

Human trafficking, also known as modern slavery, has become a crippling epidemic in our own backyard. Each year, there are hundreds of thousands of victims of human trafficking in this country. These victims are forced or coerced into the illegal billion-dollar human trafficking industry, where they are exploited, kidnapped, drugged, held against their will, and prostituted. The demoralized victims that are preyed on by the human traffickers are predominately women and children.

Am I Being Interrogated?

The Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights ("LEOBR") affords certain protections to officers who find themselves the subject of administrative disciplinary proceedings. While the language of the statute is clear as pertains to what rights an officer retains throughout the disciplinary process, it is entirely unclear with respect to when those rights are triggered. Specifically, the statute states that the LEOBR is implicated in any situation where an officer could face disciplinary action-a simple enough proposition-yet a recent unreported opinion by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals significantly complicates the application of the black letter law.

Maryland Workers' Compensation Basics: Do you know what to do when injured on the job?

On the job injuries often come along with a lot of hard questions.

How will I pay my bills if cannot work?

Who will pay for my medical bills?

What do I do now?

Who can help?

Workers' (no longer "workmens") Compensation is a term that most have heard about, but few fully understand all the details. Most of us only learn about the rules of workers' compensation when we are forced to after an on-the-job injury. If you have been injured on the job, know that you are not alone (Maryland employers reported over 90,000 work injuries last year) and there are a lot of resources available to help you on your road to recovery.

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