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New Edition of the Journalist’s Guide to Maryland’s Legal System

The third edition of the Journalist’s Guide to Maryland’s Legal System was released on Law Day, May 1, 2019. The theme for this year’s Law Day was “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.” From the judiciary’s press release:

“It is significant that we are releasing the Journalist’s Guide on Law Day,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “The Judiciary strives to improve public awareness and understanding of the Maryland judicial branch, the court system, and its role in resolving conflicts, providing justice, and upholding the rule of law. A free press is vitally important to inform the public about court proceedings and events. This guide gives journalists the tools they need to report about our legal system with the necessary accuracy and thoroughness to inform and educate the people we serve.”

Please read more of the press release here.

This is a great resource not just for journalists but for anyone who wants to learn more about our legal system.



Practice of Law – Legal Writing Tips

photo 3 (2)Each month, the AACPLL Blog will publish a post with helpful legal research tips.  If you would like more information about any of the tips referenced in this post or series, please feel free to contact the Law Library!

Effective writing skills are a must for any attorney, whether your practice is big or small, transactional or litigation. Bryan A. Garner, perhaps best known as the editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary, published an article with the ABA Journal with ten tips to improve your legal writing. Embedded in these legal writing tips are helpful legal research tips such as understanding the client’s problem (Tip #1) and not relying exclusively on computer research (Tip #2). My favorite tip is to proofread one more time than you think necessary (Tip #10).  Mr. Garner suggests a dramatic, out loud reading as a proofreading technique, which I did for this blog post (although my dramatic reading was conducted in a whisper as I am working at the law library). Check out all ten tips at!

If you are interested in learning more about improving your legal writing, these resources are available at the Law Library!