John J. Connolly
I am a Maryland lawyer and an occasional writer on legal and other issues. This site collects articles and commentary I have published and self-published in my personal capacity over the years. Views expressed in these articles are solely my own and do not constitute legal advice.
Last update: March 6, 2020
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In Defense of Judicial Elections (Mar. 2020)
The bench, the bar, and the academy don't much like judicial elections, while legislators and the public are not so sure. Would the framers of the Maryland constitutions have anything to add to the debate?
The Maryland Constitution and Federal Impeachment (Feb. 2020)
Does the Maryland Constitution have anything to say about whether the federal Impeachment Clause requires "criminal-like" conduct? Not much, I think, but read the article and let me know.
Is Maryland's Oath of Office Intentionally Subversive of Federal Authority? (published January 21, 2020, in Baltimore Bar Library newsletter).
All Maryland state officials must take an oath that was written in 1867, two years after the Civil War ended. Do officials know what obligations they are undertaking? Do I? Read the article and let me know.