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Gowen Rhoades WInograd & Silva PLLC Blog - Information and insight on today's hot legal topics.

Chris Gowen wins 2013 Award from American University


Chris receiving his award from Dr. Scott A. Bass, Provost of American University.

Gowen Group partner Chris Gowen won the 2013 Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment Award from American University. An adjunct professor for the University’s Washington College of Law for the past few years, Chris was recognized for his accomplishment at the school-wide  Faculty Recognition Dinner on April 21, 2013. He teaches legal ethics and law practice management at the law school.

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Gowen Group Looking to Fill Associate Attorney Position

Small D.C. area law firm seeking an attorney for an associate position to assist with it’s increasing case load. Attorney must have a Maryland bar license or be sitting for the Maryland bar exam in July 2013. Applicants must have litigation or litigation support experience. Ideal candidate will have experience drafting and filling pleadings, have a solid command of the rules of civil and criminal procedure in Maryland and have strong researching, writing and editing skills. The attorney will take on a small case load of their own and support the partners with larger more involved cases. The attorney will be responsible for administrative matters.

Salary in $24-30K range, commensurate with experience, with several financial incentives and bonus plans. Office is located at 1325 G Street, N.W., one block from Metro Center. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to jobs@gowengroup.com (no calls preferred). EEO employer.

Gowen Group Files Lawsuit For Concerned Residents Regarding Unethical Actions by Town of Brentwood, MD

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Prince George’s County Courthouse

A recent article from a local Maryland newspaper, The Gazette, highlighted a lawsuit brought by The Gowen Group against the Town of Brentwood, Maryland and a former Brentwood councilwoman. The lawsuit was brought by citizens of the town who noticed that elected officials awarded $27,000 through a grant from Prince George’s County to a former council member, a clear violation of the town’s charter and ethics rules.

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Gowen Group Lawyers Call ‘Em As They See ‘Em

umpires at plate conferenceA common metaphor used in describing judges is that they are like umpires: they need to be impartial, are required to apply a body of rules to a situation, and they make decisions that are typically not of a black and white nature and will probably end up upsetting one of the two parties. Gowen Group partners Bill Phelan and Peter Silva can appreciate this metaphor more than most attorneys considering their litigation experience and the fact that they enjoy the unique opportunity of working together on the baseball diamond as umpires.

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New Small Business Service Helps Reduce Risk, Increase Bottom Line

The Gowen Group is proud to announce a new service for small businesses so they, too, can have an attorney at their disposal–and at a fraction of the cost!

Whether your small business is just-established or a community institution, you need to make sure its interests and finances are protected. Small businesses often forgo even the most basic of legal advice when entering into contracts or in the decision making process because of the cost—only to later discover that a simple review by an attorney could have saved thousands of dollars in legal fees. To help protect your small business, its reputation, and its bottom line, the Gowen Group Law Office announces its Virtual General Counsel Service for small businesses.

The Virtual GC allows you the ease of service by being able to work with us from virtually any location. Additionally, our attorneys can work with your schedule and are available to come to your place of business. It is like having an in-house attorney on your staff!

The purpose of the Virtual GC is to bring excellent legal services and peace-of-mind to small businesses at a price they can afford. The Virtual GC allows your company to remove the uncertainty of being billed by the hour. Instead, you pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited basic legal services, including:

  • Organizing and incorporating your organization
  • Review of Existing Contracts
  • Drafting and Negotiating Contracts
  • Handling of Legal Employment Issues
  • Demand Letters
  • Advisement on Business Decisions
  • Initial Review and Advice on Pending or Potential Lawsuits

Visit our website today for more details and to see how we can help your small business.

Personal Reflection: Memoriam of Former Client Gives Pause, New Energy

About two weeks ago was the memorial service for one of my former clients, Ms. Shirley Riley. I met Ms. Riley through some pro bono work I was doing for her in March 2009 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. At that time I was nearly a year into doing pro bono work for the Clinic; but it was through Ms. Riley’s set of circumstances that I became intimate with the functions of the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS) and its failings with regard to serving those with disabilities in the DC shelter system. It was also through Ms. Riley’s situation that I became even more intimate with the good pro bono legal work can do for individuals and society-at-large.

pro bono imageMs. Riley had impairments that required she have an accessible room and a location with no communal setting. She was placed at one of the city’s main shelters, DC General, which provided neither of these accommodations at the time. Taking the typical course of action, I began using the administrative process to have Ms. Riley moved to a better environment. Unfortunately, my efforts were not initially being responded to by DHS. I even had to go so far as to testify before DHS on Ms. Riley’s behalf to bring its shortcomings to the attention of DHS leadership. Ms. Riley was eventually moved from the shelter to an apartment-style residence and provided a more accommodating environment. In the end, litigation was initiated by Ms. Riley and my colleague at the Legal Clinic, Amber Harding.

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Annual Disability Law Symposium Highlights Accomplishments, Notes Hurdles

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Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, the symposium's namesake.

On April 19 and 20, the National Federation of the Blind held its fifth annual tenBroek Disability Law Syposium. This yearly event began as a one day affair with less than 50 participants. With a stellar reputation in the disability legal community, the syposium now is nearly two days long, has dozens of attendees, and draws keynote speakers from the upper levels of government, such as former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez.

This year the Gowen Group was proud to have Bill Phelan, partner in charge of the firm’s disability law practice, speak at the event.

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