In Need of Attorney? New Resource to Assist Available

Caroline County Courthouse in Denton Maryland. (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)

A new publication from the University of Maryland can assist Marylanders in searching for and questions to use when interviewing an attorney. Finding An Attorney for Your Case Requires Asking the Right Questions provides a starting point for those feeling overwhelmed in searching for an attorney.

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Interviewing an Attorney Before Retaining Can Limit Problems Down the Road



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This is a draft publication that is being made available only for your comments, it will change over time.

Below is a draft of a publication I have been working on covering interviewing an attorney.  Many you of may not realize that questioning an attorney is important before retaining the attorney.  Asking the right questions early on may solve conflicts down the road.  The publication provides some generic questions but may not always cover every situation and can be modified to fit your individual situation.  Let me know your thoughts on it and I work it through the UME publication. Continue reading

Upcoming Fact Sheet: Understanding Agricultural Liability: Maryland’s Right-to-Farm Law Can Limit Liability for Maryland Farmers and Commercial Fishing and Seafood Operators



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In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly updated the state’s right-to-farm law to include commercial fishing and seafood operations.  As many of you know, a state’s right-to-farm law operates to provide a defense to nuisance lawsuits brought against agricultural operations and, now in Maryland, commercial fishing and seafood operations. Continue reading

Forthcoming Fact Sheet To Cover Legal Issues With Saving Cover Crop Seed For Replanting


Harvesting wheat near Pendleton, Oregon.

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I’m taking a break from legal issues to highlight forthcoming articles that might interest some of you.  I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with Dale Morris, Turfgrass and Seed, Program Manager with Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Bob Kratochvil, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, to let Maryland producers understand legal issues associated with using saved seeds to plant a cover crop. Continue reading

Forthcoming Article: Community Supported Agriculture: How Do Maryland Operators Manage Legal Risks?

download     In 2015, I got the opportunity to work on a project to develop materials to assist Maryland community supported agriculture (CSA) operators in understanding legal risks.  As a part of the project, the team developed a publication highlight good practices with a CSA membership agreement and model agreements.   Continue reading

Forthcoming Article: Adapting to the Changing World of Biotechnology: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation as Regulation-By-Litigation


In late 2016, I got the opportunity to speak at the Texas A&M Law Review’s Symposium on Agriculture, Intellectual Property, and Feeding the World in the 21st Century. During the symposium, I spoke on a panel with Andrew Morton, Morton Farms, and Prof. Joanna Sax, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law, and the panel was moderated by my former ag law professor, Drew Kershen, Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Continue reading

Revised Article on Property Ownership Forms Available



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I’ve been out discussing farm succession planning for the past few weeks with a great team of co-presenters.  With the workshops, I cover the tools that can help pass the farm on to the next generation or achieve other goals.  One tool is co-owning property in a way that allows for ease of transfer.  Owning property as a joint tenant or as cotenants can come with different rights and responsibilities. Continue reading