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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”