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The American Lawyer Highlights Associate Zalman Rothschild’s Victory in Pro Bono Appeal

Litigation associate Zalman Rothschild was recognized by The American Lawyer for his win in a Fourth Amendment appeal on behalf of pro bono client Chauncey Randolph Sr. Litigation associates Stacie Fahsel and Renata O’Donnell and litigation partner Geoffrey Chepiga were also mentioned for their contributing role.

The publication noted that the case represented an early test of the lines of the "community caretaking" exception laid out in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Caniglia v. Strom in May. Following Zalman’s oral argument at the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the court reversed Mr. Randolph’s conviction on June 25, holding that the community caretaking exception—an exception to the warrant requirement that allows warrantless seizure of evidence while officers are performing certain “community caretaker functions”—did not apply to Mr. Randolph’s case, and that the search that resulted in his arrest and conviction on drug and gun charges was therefore not justified.

Our client has now been released from custody.

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