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Maryland, protector of passwords

That headline may not be the catchiest of state nicknames, but it’s accurate. The Maryland legislature has passed a bill that makes the Free State the first jurisdiction to prohibit employers from asking for the social media user names and ...

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Art imitates journalism

If you’re a fan of the TV show “Mad Men,” as I am, you’re glad that the 17-month wait for season five is over. Last Sunday, AMC aired two hours of the show, giving Mad Men-iacs a new dose of ...

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YouTube by reference

When Alexandria lawyer Vic Glasberg filed suit last November on behalf of a man claiming he was wrongfully assaulted by a sheriff’s deputy, he did something unusual, perhaps even novel and first-impression. He incorporated a YouTube video as part of ...

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Boldly go

Back in the mid-1990s, a book called, “Make It So: Leadership Lessons from Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was published. This was when STNG was in its heyday, and the author took examples from episodes of the series to illustrate ...

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Hurts so good

Confession: I’m a sucker for puns and wordplay. A colleague sent me one of those lists that periodically makes the rounds on the Internet…jokes that are so bad they’re good. My wife and I visited our son at college this ...

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Breakfast with the devil

My tax professor at Washington & Lee, the late great Tim Philipps, had a saying for that moment when you think you have found a loophole in the federal tax code: If it sounds too good to be true, it ...

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Who gets the Facebook friends?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an item that presents a novel twist for divorce lawyers. There have been plenty of cases in which a parting couple decide who gets pets or unique property. And social media has become ...

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Good Guy: Judge Denny Dohnal

The Federal Bar Association threw a party last night, ostensibly honoring all the federal judges who work in Richmond. But it turned out to be a final farewell to U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal, who is retiring from the ...

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