Maryland Legal Aid Bureau hosts Pro Bono Days

The Maryland Legal Aid Bureau is sponsoring two Pro Bono Days – free legal clinics - this month. The first will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Randallstown branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (8604 Liberty Road in Randallstown). The second will be held next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maryland Legal Aid’s Baltimore office (500 E. Lexington Street).

Volunteer attorneys will provide consultations in the areas of divorce and custody, landlord/tenant, wills & advance directives, bankruptcy, expungements, government benefits, criminal and consumer law.

Private lawyers who wish to volunteer their services can call 443-451-2810.

Law blog roundup: Can belly dancing reduce alimony?

Greetings on this hot, humid Monday. Cool off with the latest law links:

  • Today brings the announcement that the W.P. Carey Foundation will donate $30 million to the University of Maryland School of Law. The new name — the Francis King Carey School of Law –  will honor Carey’s grandfather, an 1880 graduate of the school.
  • DLA Piper lands #2 spot on the National Law Journal’s list of the largest 250 law firms.
  • “That safe was so full, you couldn’t put another dollar in it.”
  • Beware: Belly dancing could reduce alimony.
  • Filing motions to enforce settlements could be in vogue soon.
  • Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester responds to the Washington Post’s ‘Spillionaires‘ story.

When exes are lawyers, things can get ugly

Chicago attorney Lauren Serafin isn’t happy with her former fiance. But she’s not just getting mad, she’s trying to get even with Robert Leighton, also a Chicago attorney.

Serafin is taking their break up to court, asking for more than $62,000 in wedding costs.

The two were set to marry last summer, but Leighton called off their nuptials after a bachelor party in Las Vegas led to his alleged infidelity with another woman.

According to the complaint filed last week, Serafin is suing under an Illinois law that allows claims for breach of a promise to marry, which limits recovery to wedding costs.  She’s also seeking intentional infliction of emotional distress, which could win her compensatory and punitive damages.

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Law blog roundup

Happy bright and sunny Monday morning. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

  • Byron Warnken weighs in on same-sex marriage.
  • In an interview a couple weeks ago, DLA Piper Chairman Frank Burch told me not to believe everything I read when I asked about the reported $5 million payday it had offered to new hire James Wareham. AM Law Daily breaks down the history of the firm’s $5 million man.
  • Speaking of DLA, word has it that one Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be stopping by the firm’s Mt. Washington office to film her HBO pilot, Veep. George Clooney’s movie Syriana also filmed at DLA’s Baltimore office.
  • Fighting fair could save a marriage from divorce.
  • Recounting Spiro Agnew’s fall from grace.
  • Dish Network will have to put Elmo before American Idol.
  • As partners continue to depart from Howrey, the Washington Post offers its take on the firm’s downward spiral and its efforts to find a new balance.

Law blog roundup: Maryland’s ‘bedbug barrister’

The tryptophan should be through your system by now — no excuse for napping under your desk this Monday. Take a look at these law links to ease you back into work after the extended weekend.

Law blog roundup

Welcome back! Time to catch up on some law-related tidbits:

  • In a rough divorce, who gets to keep the friends?
  • Even good doctors make mistakes — and doctors who do work on superstar athletes are not immune from malpractice lawsuits.
  • Consumers struggling with payments really have to be on the lookout these days for scammers,  but some in Erie, Penn. have been duped beyond the norm. A debt collection company there set up a FAKE courtroom, complete with faux judges and sheriffs. This one’s a doozy.
  • An insurer is suing the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority for $8 million because its water lines are so leaky that firefighters could not get enough pressure to put out a fire in the home of Peggy Cooper-Cafritz, a collector of fine art.
  • Voters in Iowa ousted three judges from the state’s Supreme Court last week. The three were part of the unanimous decision to allow same-sex marriage in 2009.
  • Lamebook v. Facebook
  • The University of Missouri, Kansas City has launched a small firm and solo attorney incubator for recent grads.

Law blog roundup: Do you want fries with that?

Another Monday on the books. Here’s some light reading to start off your week in the legal know.

It could happen to you

Celebrity divorces can be awfully messy, not to mention outrageously expensive. Even when there’s a prenup (especially if it was scribbled on a napkin).

So, when I catch news of an A-list celeb breaking up with her husband, or a star athlete calling it quits with his hometown sweetheart, I often wonder why they bothered to get married in the first place.

My story on athlete prenups in today’s Maryland Lawyer shook up that notion. Or, rather, a friendly reminder from wealth management attorney David Pessin, who I interviewed for my story, changed my perspective.

When I asked why some athletes balk at signing a prenup when 50 percent of marriages in this country fail, Pessin said it’s because they just don’t believe divorce could happen to them.

And then he turned the tables on me.

“Well, Danielle, let me ask you something,” he said. “When you got married did you think your marriage would be one of the 50 percent that fail?”


Law blog roundup: Rushing to judgment

Back to work already? Here are some law links to get your day going.

Monday law blog round-up, special Tuesday edition

Happy disgustingly hot Tuesday! Here are some law links to start your day:

  • Pat Jessamy’s office is not doing all it can for rape victims, and now it’s jumping on the blame-the-police bandwagon, the always-controversial Page Croyder writes on her blog.
  • Is Wall Street 2 a spinoff or a sequel to the original Wall Street movie? The answer could mean a lot of money to Michael Douglas’ ex-wife, Diandra, writes Jim Gross at The Maryland Divorce Legal Crier.
  • Mary Keating at Maryland Employment Law Developments writes that the 4th Circuit has questioned the “equal opportunity jerk” defense, sending back a sexual harassment suit filed by a female doctor against her male boss, who made crude comments to men and women alike.
  • Wow, following on the heels of the Mann Bracken implosion earlier this year, another debt-collection law firm has shut down.
  • “The courts need to be there when the other branches let us down,” Dahlia Lithwick writes at Slate. “Nobody’s life story made that point better than Thurgood Marshall’s. And nobody reminded us of that fact more pointedly and more effectively at the Kagan hearings than Republicans on the Senate judiciary committee.”
  • The Philly Phanatic has been sued. Again. Come on, how can you not love that face? (Seriously. I love the Phanatic. It’s weird.)