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Background: Chang is working with a LCA consulting client, Attorney
Mark Adams, a senior partner in a Baltimore, Maryland law firm. Adams
has consulted Chang about a child visitation case. Chang has asked you to
assist in the consultation by researching relevant statutory and case law
and presenting your findings in a Research Summary Report.
Facts:
Clementine Connor, the Client, reports that her child’s father has
physically abused both her and their 7-year old child. The Client provided
substantial, credible corroborating evidence of this abuse, including
records of the child’s father’s criminal convictions for domestic abuse in
Maryland. The child’s father, however, insists that the criminal trial was a
fraud and that he was framed. The father has refused to complete the
parenting skills and anger-management courses ordered by the judge in
the criminal case.
The father now is seeking unsupervised, overnight visitation with the
child. The Client fears for her child’s and her own safety if the father the is
allowed to have the visitation he is seeking. She wants advice regarding
whether the father is likely to succeed in obtaining visitation.
Instructions:
Confine your research to the Family Law Article of the Annotated Code of
Maryland. Focus on this Research Question:
Whether a Maryland court may reject a request for visitation when the
parent seeking visitation has a documented history of child abuse and
refuses to complete court-ordered parenting and anger-management
classes?
Present your research in a Research Summary Report. Attorney Adams is
a busy practitioner, so Chang wants explanations that are thorough, but
concise. Each explanation should be written in complete sentences that
use your own words. Scroll down for the complete Report format.
Part A
1. Using Westlaw, locate a directly relevant statutory provision in the
Family Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland that addresses the
research question. Cite the statutory provision in correct,
complete Bluebook format.
2. Explain why the statutory provision is directly relevant to the Research
Question.
Part B
Go to the Notes of Decisions tab/column for the statute you identified in
Part A. From the list of annotated cases that appear there, select
one reported Maryland state court opinion that is relevant to the
Research Question.
3. Explain why the selected opinion is relevant to the Research Question.
4. Provide a short quotation (maximum 50 words) from the opinion that
supports your response to Question 3. Use quotation marks to show that
the text is not your own original work. After the quotation, provide
a pinpoint citation to the regional reporter using Bluebook format.
5. Is the selected opinion “on all fours” with the Client’s case? In your
answer, remember to compare and contrast the legally significant facts
and the controlling law.
6. Is the selected opinion still “good law”? State your conclusion and
explain how you made this determination.
Part C
7. Using A > B > C > D format, provide a detailed description of
your entire research process. Start your description on the Westlaw
launch page and include all steps taken to locate the cited statute (from
Part A) and court opinion (from Part B). A reader unfamiliar with Westlaw
and legal research should be able to recreate your entire search process
by following the steps of your A > B > C > D description.
Research Summary Report
To:
Alicia Chang, Esq.
From:
(Your Name), Paralegal
Date:
Re:
Connor Child Visitation Case
Part A
1.
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Part B
3.
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6.
Part C
7.
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Review the Project
Thoroughly read the presentation to ensure all required elements are
present.
Review the grading rubric to ensure that you earn the most points
possible for this assignment.
Use Bluebook format for citations.
Proofread for spelling and grammatical issues. Use the spell and
grammar check in Word.
Answers that require explanation should be thorough, but concise and
clear. On Questions 2, 3, 5, and 6, aim for responses that are between
three and eight sentences, and no more than 200 words long. Use
complete sentences and write in your own words.

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