Criminal Defense Like A Game of Internet Hearts

Although I may not be a gamer like Ken White of Popehat, I have been playing some Hearts on the Internet recently. I love the game of Hearts. I have gotten pretty good at it over the years. … Read More

Client “Don’t” List

Here, courtesy of Gerry Beyer via Rob Robertson/Solosez, is a list of things not to do with clients. Don’t discount fees. Don’t let clients leave without an engagement letter. Don’t waste money on ineffective marketing. Don’t over-complicate things…. Read More

No Excuses. Accountability.

“I messed up again, and I have no excuses. I am ready to face the consequences of my actions.” This is what the defendant says to the court at her probation revocation hearing. Other defense attorneys and I… Read More

Trust Begins at Home: A Client’s Tale

Guest Post by Kelly Spencer A few days ago, as my attorney and I approached the courthouse, 10 minutes before my divorce trial was scheduled to begin, he reached out to open the door for me. I paused,… Read More

One Degree of Separation Between Greatness and Me

Back in the days my children were involved in organized sports, coaches liked to tell the story of how former NBA Superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his 10th grade basketball team. The story tended to come out… Read More

On the Law and Other Miracles

When I was a boy, we used to sing a German song called “Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen.”  Taught to us by a German friend, we sang it so often, usually in rounds, that I knew all the… Read More

Semester (Lost) At Sea

Guest Post by Ross O’Neill Looking back, the first semester of law school was a whirlwind of fun, stress, hard work and more reading than I’d ever imagined.  The reward? Patiently waiting the month of January for grades… Read More

Court-Appointed Cases Forever

You learn a lot about your colleagues when you work with them on a case. I am now working on two court-appointed appeals, and in both cases, I contacted the trial attorney to discuss the case with them… Read More

Sonia Sotomayor On Being A Lawyer

Q:  Would you describe yourself as being tough on the bench? A:  Demanding. Q:  You’re demanding. A:  Tough, yes, in the sense that I want lawyers to be prepared.  I think that being a lawyer is one of… Read More

Applying To Take The Maryland Out-of-State Lawyers Bar Exam

The last time I sat for a bar exam – in Virginia in 2010, after taking the Pennsylvania exam in 2006 – I swore to myself that I would never, ever do it again. Filling out the application… Read More