This Week in Maryland Lawyer

On the Cover: Mitnick & Mitnick, started by a University of Maryland law grad in 1881, prepares to welcome its fifth generation to the firm.

Baltimore’s drug courts mark the 15th anniversary with song and ceremony.

In Breaking News, the Court of Special Appeals says retired Raven Michael McCrary may not enforce a $33.6 million fraud judgment while the award is on appeal; the Court of Appeals holds that defendants are entitled to be represented by the private attorney they hired; the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revives a federal retiree’s job-bias lawsuit; a former inmate files suit against Maryland and four prison system officials alleging the state failed to protect him from the Black Guerrilla Family gang while he was in prison; and UM Law says goodbye to Dean Karen Rothenberg.

In this week’s Interrogatory, lawyers answer the question “What the most unusual place you’ve used your BlackBerry?”

Read about a medical billing firm’s win of $45,000 in Verdicts & Settlements.

Stay-up-to-date with our Legal Briefs and Law Digest, with cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court, Maryland and Office of Administrative Hearings.

Scalia, a cameo at the after party

According to media reports, conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made a cameo appearance following the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Vanity Fair-Bloomberg after-party, hosted at the French ambassador’s residence.

WaPo reports that Scalia was a guest of ABC News Supreme Court correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg.

Specifics from the Post’s Reliable Source:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ambled through the mansion without a single celebrity asking him about, say, tort reform or David Souter‘s replacement. “Nah, they don’t know who I am,” he said with a grin. “But that’s okay. I don’t know who they are, either.”

Law blog round-up

Happy Monday!

  • Ex-prosecutor Page Croyder takes on state’s attorney spokeswoman Marty Burns.

  • A woman sues WalMart over a surprise encounter she had with Norman, a bona fide R.O.U.S. that liked to roam the store. Shades of Al G. and Chloe, the now nationally-famous geese?
  • Could the president make two nominations to the Supreme Court, “an heir and a spare”?
  • Hooray! I now have several more entries for the list of meaningless never-ever-ever-use-in-a-story words I keep tacked to the wall of my cubicle. Thanks, Rees Morrison!
  • What a sad sentence from the National Law Journal’s story today on lawyer suicides: “At King & Spalding, Charlotte lawyer George Covington committed suicide last December, five days after he and a team of litigators suffered a jury trial defeat in a seven-year-old case for Bank of America Corp., a major client Covington had brought with him when he moved to King & Spalding in 2007.”