Criminal Law & Practice



Mary V. Murphy
3450 Court House Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4330
P: (410) 313-3168
F: (410) 313-3294

Section Dues: $15 per year



Summary of the 2012 Supreme Court Term
* This Supreme Court summary was prepared by and appears courtesy of Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel at NAAG, and is for educational purposes only.

Article: Prince George’s mental health court aims to treat, rather than jail, defendants
Washington Post, 8/17/2013

Article: Taken - Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?
New Yorker, 8/12/2013


MSBA Annual MeetingFrom the 2013 MSBA Annual Meeting

Navigating the Forensic Use of Social Media: Legal, Practical, and Ethical Implications
Filmed by Gore Brothers

Social media evidence is quickly becoming a standard component of many criminal prosecutions. Join our panel as they discuss common types of electronic evidence found in criminal cases, admissibility of social media evidence, and ethical issues in obtaining such evidence, and learn practice tips you can use in your next case.

Program Chair:   
Kimberly Smalkin Barranco, Esq.

Hon. Paul W. Grimm, United States District Court for the District of Maryland; Andrew D. Levy, Esq., Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP; Scott D. Shellenberger, State’s Attorney for Baltimore County

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The Section of Criminal Law and Practice is comprised of nearly 500 Maryland lawyers sharing a professional interest in criminal law and criminal justice issues. Its members include prosecutors, private criminal defense attorneys, public defenders, law professors, appellate and trial judges, and court administrators.

The bylaws declare the Section’s purpose to be "to stimulate interest of the members of the Maryland Bar in the administration of criminal justice and to seek improvements and reforms in the criminal law." That purpose is advanced by the Section’s frequent educational programs, by its regular publications, by the guidance it provides to the MSBA Board of Governors on criminal justice issues, and by the policy perspectives which it provides to the Maryland General Assembly and criminal justice agencies and groups.

The Section’s regular newsletter informs its members of the Section’s activities, statutory and case law developments, and other news of interest to criminal law practitioners. The Section’s special reports on such matters as jury selection reform and the Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts recommendations have been instrumental in shaping Maryland’s criminal justice policies. It sponsors at least two continuing legal education programs per year: the Alan J. Goldstein Memorial Program in the fall and a program in connection with the MSBA annual meeting in June. The Robert C. Heeney Award is sponsored by the Section and is awarded at the Section’s annual banquet each May to attorneys "exemplifying the highest professional standards and achievement in the field of criminal law during their distinguished careers."


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