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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by Joan Bellistri on February 24, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017,the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program.   

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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer from Gormley Jarashow Bowman, was the “lawyer in the library” this week. Six people were able to take part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with issues such as administrative appeals, condo fees, bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, marital property, and real estate.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

The program will be offered twice next week: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the evening at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library  and  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for the 11:00 courthouse library location.

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New Maryland rule addresses standards for pre-trial release (cash bail)

Posted by Joan Bellistri on February 23, 2017

The rules order for the 192nd Report  of the Court’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure dated 2/16/2017 recommended the adoption of proposed new Rule 4-216.1 and amendments to current Rules 4-212, 4-213, 4-213.1, 4- 214, 4-215, 4-216, 4-216.1, 4-216.2, 4-217, 4-349, 5-101, and 15-303 and Form 4-217.2 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure. The new rules and amendments are effective July 1, 2017.

Rule 4-216.1 “is designed to promote the release of defendants on their own recognizance or, when necessary, unsecured bond.”

You can find rules orders here: http://mdcourts.gov/rules/ruleschanges.html

An article published in the Baltimore Sun on 2/7/2016, “Maryland Court of Appeals: Defendants can’t be held in jail because they can’t afford bail,” provides a discussion of the rule and the cash bail system.

 

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Library Closed: Presidents’ Day Holiday

Posted by Joan Bellistri on February 20, 2017

The Law Library is closed today,February 20, 2017 for the Presidents’ Day holiday.  The Law Library will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays. Except on Court Holidays, the Library is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wrap-Up

Posted by Joan Bellistri on February 16, 2017

Since the last Ask a Lawyer program on January 25, the library has offered the program at the two offsite, public library locations, in addition to the weekly Circuit Court location.  

Carole Brown and Nathan Volke covered the Eastport-Annapolis Neck location on January 31. Jack Paltell, Mike Ragland, Chris Boucher, and Crighton Chase all volunteered for the law library program, held in the courthouse. Alan Forman, Cliff O’Connor and Katelyn Maloney provided the service at the Glen Burnie Regional Library on February 15.

Pictured Crighton Chase,  Cliff O’Connor and Katelyn Maloney, Jack Paltell and Mike Ragland, Nathan Volke, Alan Forman, Carole Brown and Chris Boucher.

These volunteer attorneys helped 40 people with such issues as child custody, estates, homeowner association fees, landlord and tenant, tax foreclosure and guardianship.

The next Ask a Lawyer Program will held on February 22, 2017 in the law library in the courthouse at 8 Church Circle.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

Do you have a family law matter? Family Law matters are best addressed by Family Law Self-Help Center which is located in the back of the law library.  For more information: http://www.circuitcourt.org/legal-help/family-law

Do you have a criminal case? The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals. Information about the Office of the Public Defender is available at http://www.opd.state.md.us/.

Need help with a District Court matter such as landlord/tenant, small claims (less than $5,000), consumer matters, or return of property (replevin and detinue).The District Court Self-Help Resource Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Services are provided in-person (in Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro and Salisbury). More information is available at .http://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/districtctselfhelpctr.html

Help with family and civil questions is available by phone and online chat from the Maryland Courts Self Help Center, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. More information and link for chat can be found here:   http://mdcourts.gov/selfhelp/index.html#maryland

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by Joan Bellistri on January 27, 2017

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On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program. Thank you, Joe Gormley from Gormley Bowman Jarashow, for volunteering and providing this service to the public. Five people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with issues such as procedure, lease  termination, judgment enforcement and marital property distribution. The next program date is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. However, the evening program will be held at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on Tuesday, January 30, 2017 the night before.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

Need help with a District Court matter such as landlord/tenant, small claims (less than $5,000), consumer matters, or return of property (replevin and detinue).The District Court Self-Help Resource Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Services are provided in-person (in Glen Burnie, Upper Marlboro and Salisbury). More information is available at .http://www.courts.state.md.us/legalhelp/districtctselfhelpctr.html

Help with family and civil questions is available by phone and online chat from the Maryland Courts Self Help Center, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. More information and link for chat can be found here:   http://mdcourts.gov/selfhelp/index.html#maryland

It is helpful to prepare for your session with the attorney.  Here are some helpful tips:

  • Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  • Bring any paperwork and information related to the case.
  • Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  • Identify all deadlines.
  • Prepare a timeline of the legal issue.

If you would like to read up on your issue prior to your session with the attorney, please come find us at the Law Library’s information desk.  We are happy to assist you.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by Joan Bellistri on January 19, 2017

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the Law Library hosted two Ask A Lawyer In The Library programs in the Circuit Court in Annapolis and at the Glen Burnie Regional Library.  

m_darrow_lilMichael Darrow of Hillman, Brown and Darrow was able to assist 3 people with their questions on worker’s compensation, foreclosure, and sale in lieu of partition. The next program date, for the weekly program held at 11:00 in the law library,  is Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

adam-and-jerry-2017In the evening, Adam McCormick of Lessans, Praley & McCormick and Jerry Comeau volunteered in the evening at the Glen Burnie Regional Library. Eight people were assisted with such issues as ground rent, expungement, students loans, bankruptcy, foreclosure, divorce, contracts and estate planning. The next program date for Glen Burnie will be  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 beginning at 4:30.
The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery. In addition to the weekly program, the Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is held monthly at two Anne Arundel County Public Library branches: Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday and Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.

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Welcome Jeff Ross to the Law Library.

Posted by Joan Bellistri on January 17, 2017

The Law Library welcomes John Jeffrey Ross, who will serve as a library associate.  Jeff brings to the library extensive experience both as an attorney and as a library para-professional.  In August, 2015, Jeff retired from the Office of the Staff Attorney, the Court of Special Appeals, having served as an assistant staff attorney for 14 years following a brief stint in private practice.  After his retirement, Jeff began working pro bono on the reference staff of the Maryland State Law Library at the appellate courts building in Annapolis.  He has also worked as an information substitute for evening and weekend work with the Anne Arundel County Public Library for nearly 25 years.

Jeff graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in December, 1978.  During most of this time, he worked full-time as a pretrial services officer with the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency, a component of the local and federal courts in that jurisdiction.  He was an editor of the University of Baltimore Law Forum.  Immediately following law school, Jeff was a legal editor with the Securities Regulation & Law Report, published by the Bureau of National Affairs in Washington, D.C.  In 1980, Jeff was appointed to serve as a law clerk to the late Hon. Robert M. Scott, an associate judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court.  Following his clerkship, he worked as an attorney with the United States Department of Labor, including service with DOL’s Office of the Solicitor litigating labor cases before administrative tribunals and federal courts of appeal.  He has argued cases before the Second, Third, Fourth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, as well as the Department of Labor’s Benefits Review Board and DOL administrative law judges.

Jeff served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969, with a tour in the Republic of Vietnam from June 1968 until shortly before his discharge from active duty in June 1969.  He entered college that same summer, and in January, 1973, Jeff earned an A.B. degree in Psychology from the George Washington University, completing his degree requirements while working full-time as a security officer with the George Washington University Medical Center.  Following college, Jeff joined the Peace Corps, serving as a volunteer in Peru working in infrastructure projects in the Ancash region that had been devastated by the 1970 earthquake.  He entered law school shortly after his return to the United States.

Jeff has been admitted to practice in Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, as well as a number of federal courts.  He remains an active member of the Maryland Bar, and has retired from active practice in the other jurisdictions.  Jeff is an active member of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) and the Law Library Association of Maryland.  Most recently, he has participated in the NPCA legislative advocacy, appearing on Capitol Hill with other returned volunteers to urge Congressional approval of the Peace Corps budget and pertinent legislation that affects the Peace Corps.

The highlight of Jeff’s legal career was his appearance before an Eleventh Circuit panel that included the Hon. Frank M. Johnson, Jr., an iconic figure in American Civil Rights history.  Atlantic Container Service, Inc. v. Coleman, 904 F.2d 611 (11th Cir. 1990).  Perhaps one of his more interesting cases was when he represented an Eastern Shore farm in a federal forfeiture action.  United States v. 300 Blue Heron Farm Lane, etc., 115 F. Supp. 2d 525 (D. Md. 2000).

 

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Law Library Closed for Court Holiday

Posted by Joan Bellistri on January 16, 2017

The Law Library is closed today, January 16, 2017, in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Law Library will reopen tomorrow, January 17, 2017.  A list of Court Holidays is available on the Circuit Court’s website at http://www.circuitcourt.org/court-holidays.

Except on Court Holidays, the Library is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We are located on the third floor (main floor) of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court at 8 Church Circle, Suite 303, Annapolis, Maryland.

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Ask A Lawyer In the Library – Wednesday Wrap-Up

Posted by Joan Bellistri on January 12, 2017

ValadezOn Wednesday, January 11, the Law Library hosted another successful Ask A Lawyer In The Library program.  Thank you, Mike Valadez, for volunteering and providing this service to the public.  Five people took part in the program and were able to speak with the attorney to request assistance with issues such as district court appeals to the circuit court, foreclosure sales, and  protective orders.

The next program date is Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

The Ask A Lawyer In The Library program is a civil, non-family law, self-help program sponsored by The Anne Arundel Bar Association and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Every Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you can talk with a volunteer attorney for up to 20 minutes. No appointment is necessary, but sign-up is required at the law library’s information desk. Sign-up begins at 10:45 a.m., and time slots are determined by a lottery.  On the 3rd Wednesday of the month the MVLS Brief Limited Advice Foreclosure Clinic is hosted by the library.  participants are encouraged to register for the clinic by calling 410-547-6537, but pre-registration is not required. The Ask a Lawyer program is also held monthly in the evening at two Anne Arundel County Public Library locations – at the Glen Burnie Regional Library on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and at the  Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library on the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, please see http://circuitcourt.org/legal-help/lawyer-in-the-library.  

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Worth a read: Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight! – the Value of Libraries

Posted by Joan Bellistri on December 6, 2016

This RIPS blogpost is a good response to why a library when “everything is online.” No matter the format of the material, it is the librarian in the library that makes the difference and the case for the library.

The struggle between librarian and technology is real, but the situation is a lot more nuanced than saying that librarians and technology are at odds. We go together. (Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.) Yes, there can be entire libraries available on smart phones, but guess what makes them available. Libraries. And guess who makes them navigable. Yup, librarians. Even the free stuff is there because of the efforts of libraries and librarians—both academic and local. In a time where more and more students are having difficulty navigating truth from lies or bogus stories, librarians and libraries—even the ones sans books and chock full of the latest technology—are needed more than ever.Earlier this month, fellow RIPS blogger Paul Gatz wrote about the service aspect of librarianship and how librarians are “at the nexus between the system and the user, benefiting one no less than the other.” A huge part of our service is to connect patrons to information, and not just any information, but relevant and accurate information. We are the navigators, we are the beacons, we are the silent, mostly unacknowledged, partners in research. Take away the librarians, strip down the libraries, and there will be consequences. Maybe not 80 stanzas worth of them, but consequences none the less. We are in the day and age where finding information isn’t a problem—it’s the next step that matters. No matter what you type into a search box, you’re bound to find an answer. Is it the correct answer? Is it the best possible answer?

Source: Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight!

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