This week in Maryland Lawyer

ON THE COVER: Life after Law — You’ve earned your J.D., passed the bar and taken the oath. But now you realize you no longer want to practice law. Caryn Tamber spotlights lawyers who have chosen alternative careers.

A consumer, saying the Gateway computer he bought at Best Buy is defective,  challenges the arbitration clause in the manufacturer’s warranty — and wins in the Court of Special Appeals. Find out how in Danny Jacobs’ report on Barrington D. Henry v. Gateway Inc., et al.

In Breaking News, former Nigerian presidential candidate Godson M. Nnaka, a Baltimore lawyer, runs afoul of the Attorney Grievance Commission — but is nowhere to be found; and the Maryland Comptroller owes Lenox Inc. a refund of more than $280,000 on taxes the china company paid on a product-handling system at its Hagerstown facility.

Upper Marlboro lawyer Rick Jaklitsch presides over the Terrapin Club, the University of Maryland’s booster group that raises money and provides scholarships for the more than 700 student-athletes on the 27 varsity teams at College Park.

In Verdicts & Settlements, a toymaker settles with its founder’s Hunt Valley consulting company over fees and royalties.

Guest columnist Linda D. Schwartz provides advice on what to do upon receiving a letter from Bar Counsel.

Stay up-to-date with our Law Digest, which includes cases from the Maryland Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court, Maryland.

Law blog round-up: Special Tuesday edition

Happy start-of-a-four-day-week! Here are some law links to start your Tuesday:

  • The following sentence should give readers a pretty good idea of the result of his most recent trial, John Bratt writes: “I just finished a two-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Cecil County.”
  • A Baltimore man imprisoned for armed robbery was pardoned years ago but can’t get his conviction expunged, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project writes.
  • How long do you give it before these T-shirts are considered fashionable? Hey, at least this Ohio judge is making his statement without using duct tape. HT: Above the Law.
  • Don’t groan when you get up, don’t call women “gals,” and other advice for the older job-seeker.
  • “Power of attorney” does not equal attorney.