Social Media Authentication: 101
By Rachel M. Severance
Social media is a part of our everyday lives. Websites (and their smart phone apps) like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr make it simple to communicate, find information, and connect with people all over the globe. Little, if any, thought is given to the legal implications of a Facebook “like” or a tweet.
However, social media usage increasingly forms the basis of both civil and criminal legal actions. For example, the National Labor Relations Board is seeing an explosion of work related to employment action taken after an employee makes a social media post...
Four Employment Laws Take Effect
By Taren Stanton
In May 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley signed four new employment-related laws that will significantly impact Maryland employees and employers. The new laws, which took effect October 1, 2013, address: (1) protections for pregnant employees, (2) the ability of employees to obtain liens for unpaid wages, (3) leave during deployment of military family members, and (4) protected wages of tipped employees.
Proposed Amendments to MSBA YLS By-Laws
In accordance with the By-Laws of the Section of Young Lawyers of the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., Article VIII, the Young Lawyers Section Council has approved the proposed Amendments, detailed below, upon recommendation by the Policy Committee. Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 4, the substance of the proposed Amendments are enclosed and notice is hereby given that the proposed Amendments will be voted on at the YLS Open Meeting in Baltimore County, Maryland, on November 18, 2013. The specific location/address and time is posted on the YLS website. A copy of the full text of the proposed Amendments and procedure for obtaining an absentee ballot are also available on the YLS website.
Article VII, Section 1: Regarding Election of Officers, allowing for electronic submission of applications for YLS Officers, petitions against the nomination slate, and publication of the nomination slate, and clarifying who shall be receiving the applications.
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MSBA YLS Council Members Named as “Leading Women for 2013” by The Daily Record
Please join the MSBA YLS in congratulating young attorneys Kimberly Neal and Michelle Wilson, who were both named by The Daily Record as “Leading Women for 2013.”
By way of background, The Daily Record began the Leading Women awards program in 2010 to identify women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career. The 50 winners are selected by a judging panel made up of the Top 100 Women and one representative from The Daily Record. Winners are selected based on professional experience, community involvement, and a commitment to inspiring change.
Both Kimberly and Michelle will attend an awards celebration on December 5, 2013, at the Hyatt in Baltimore to accept their awards and celebrate with other winning women.
Again, congratulations to Kimberly and Michelle! We are very proud that you were recognized for your accomplishments!
Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard Counties
On October 29, 2013, the YLS Education Committee will host a CLE entitled “Law 101: Analyzing Common Objections in Trial” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 600 at The Clarence Mitchell Courthouse, 111 North Calvert St., Baltimore, MD. The CLE will be moderated by Hon. Erik H. Nyce, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County District Court. Panelists include: Hon. Michael W. Reed, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court; Hon. L. Robert Cooper, Associate Judge, Baltimore City District Court; and Lee B. Rauch, Partner, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP. Details and more information
Thank you to all who joined the MSBA YLS for its recent Networking and Happy Hour at AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Special thanks to cosponsors LexisNexis, Gore Brothers, and the MSBA. We hope to see everyone at our next event!
The Young Lawyers' Section of the Maryland State Bar Association is seeking applications for the position of a Young Lawyers' representative to the 2014-2016 MSBA Board of Governors. One position is currently available for a two-year term. Any current member of the Young Lawyers' Section who is interested in the position may submit an application to Wendy S. Meadows, Chair, Nominating Committee, MSBA Section of Young Lawyers, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. All applications must be received at Bar Headquarters no later than the close of business on Friday, November 15, 2013. Applications should include a statement of interest, a resume, and a list of Bar activities. If you have any questions, please contact either Wendy Meadows at 410-296-8166 x 112 or Angela Munro at 410-685-7878 extension 3016.
The One Bar One Community Public Service Project for 2013-2013 (“Project”) is off to a great start! At August’s Operation Welcome Home event, members of the bar devoted two hours to packing goody bags for returning troops and showing our support and appreciation for their service with handshakes, high fives, and warm thank-yous. On a lovely Saturday in September, it was time for members of the bar (including our President-Elect, providing a great example) and several law students from our area schools to help the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Volunteers completely repainted their lunch/meeting room, cleaned up the outside grounds, and even helped transport some animals! Recently, one of our favorite opportunities for service occurred at Our Daily Bread, a program which provides hot meals (lunches and breakfasts) to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and many of our city’s homeless. Members of the bar helped plate food, served guests in the dining hall, cleared tables, and even washed dishes, before sitting down to a communal meal with other volunteers and a period of reflection.
The first three events of the year are in the books, but there are still many upcoming opportunities to come out and socialize with fellow attorneys, while doing good works and giving back to the community. Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements of our monthly events! Your participation makes a difference (and it’s fun!).
Coming up soon is Light the Night, taking place November 2, 2013. The MSBA YLS and Public Awareness Committee has organized a team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk in memory of Melody Tagliaferri-Cronin, who passed away earlier this year after battling a rare form of leukemia. Make a donation, or come out to walk with us, in Melody’s honor.
You are invited! Join the MSBA YLS at our next Open Meeting in Baltimore County on November 18, 2013. Time and exact location TBD. For more information visit www.yls.org. Hope to see you there!
The Technology Committee is pleased to announce the Ten Minute Mentor. The Ten Minute Mentor is an online collection of video presentations from young leading lawyers in their areas of expertise. Each presentation is around 10 minutes or less, practical, and free.
With more and more lawyers entering the market each year, it has become increasingly difficult for some of our profession's wisest leaders to mentor the next generation. We believe this online mentoring effort will be unique not only in its range, but also in its depth and accessibility. It is our hope that this collection of videos will become a valuable resource to young lawyers everywhere. Topics include:
The Young Lawyers Section would like to give a big thank you to Merrill LAD for their assistance with the production of videos for the Ten Minute Mentor Project, without which this would not have been possible.
The Law School Liaison Committee is actively preparing social, educational, and community service events that will bring together University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law students with the MSBA YLS. Details about events will be published on the MSBA YLS calendar, as well as on each school’s individual social calendar.
The Strategic Planning Committee is committed to ensuring that the Young Lawyers Section addresses the needs of its members. To that end, we have developed a survey that requests certain demographic/background questions so that we can find out from our members what their interests are, what parts of the YLS they are drawn to, and what parts of the YLS may need further development.
The survey is simple! Just select the choice that best reflects your answer, or if the question is open-ended, provide a detailed response. Remember, the more information we have, the better we can serve you. Please assist us by completing the survey within the requested timeframe. Additionally, we will have a drawing and offer prizes to those that complete the survey timely.
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