Social Media Evidence Requires Higher Authentication Standard in Maryland

February 28, 2017

Practitioners face a higher than usual standard when authenticating social media evidence and posts in Maryland courts. In Griffin v. State, the Court of Appeals emphasized the necessity of distinctive characteristics in order to overcome the possibility of manipulation and hacking. More recently, in Sublet v. State, the Court adopted the “reasonable juror” standard. Sublet…

When and Why You Need Tail Insurance

February 23, 2017

One of the least understood or appreciated provisions in the typical lawyer professional liability insurance policy is when and why you need tail insurance; the option to purchase an extended claims reporting period, commonly referred to as a “tail”. Many lawyers have never read their errors and omissions policy and are completely unaware of the…

Oh No! A Letter from Bar Counsel…

February 23, 2017

What To Do If You Receive a Letter from Bar Counsel According to its Annual Report, the Attorney Grievance Commission sends out roughly 2,000 complaint letters each year. Approximately 75% of these initial inquiry letters are dismissed after receiving a well reasoned response. All too often however, matters that might have been promptly resolved with…