This week in Maryland Lawyer


  • Mandatory retirement ages for lawyers have lost favor with the ABA and many law firms, but as Danny Jacobs writes, performance-based retirement can bring its own set of problems. In a related story, the lawyer for a retired founder says his suit against his former partners is “just business,” but it feels personal to one of the men he mentored.
  • Kathy Kelly Howard, lobbyist for property-owners’ rights, will be sworn in this week as president of the 23,000-member Maryland State Bar Association. Find out how she plans to use her year.
  • The Court of Appeals heard argument Friday in two cases we’ve been following: A disciplinary matter against Lemon Law firm Kimmel & Silverman, and a zoning dispute between Loyola College in Maryland and North Baltimore County residents over the college’s plans for a retreat center in Parkton.
  • A Frederick lawyer wins a round in his defamation suit over a blog post; and, in Verdicts & Settlements, a woman is ordered to repay $190,000 to her stepmother after her father dies.
  • Leadership in Law honoree Mark Thomas, now a judge, talks about how being on the bench has literally given him a new perspective; Rommel Loria talks about the “low bono” green-card case he took for a Peruvian man after taking a class at Catholic Charities.
  • The Editorial Advisory Board calls for more changes to Maryland’s foreclosure process; Wilhelm Joseph calls for more money for Legal Aid; and the woman at the center of a controversial child support ruling tells her side of the story in a letter to the editor.

Also, find legal briefs, “movers,” case digests, and summaries of the U.S. Supreme Court, the 4th Circuit and the Office of Administrative Hearings opinions here.

As always, you can comment on any of these stories by responding to this blog. Or, if you’re in Ocean City for the MSBA’s annual meeting, stop by our booth and leave me a message!

BARBARA GRZINCIC, Managing Editor, Law

WSJ’s anonymous “Lawyer of the Year”

Akin to the American Bar Association’s “Lawyer of the Year” award, the Wall Street Journal last week asked its readers to nominate their most newsworthy lawyer of the year. Well, the results are in – but nobody seems to know who the person actually is!

According to the Journal, the “landslide” winner is “Loyola 2L,” (otherwise known as L2L) a law blogger whose claim to fame is beating “a loud and consistent drum of discontent around the Web by posting in online forums about the job prospects for graduates of nonelite law schools.”

L2L first appeared on the law blog scene about a year ago; from the moniker, the Journal speculates he or she was a second-year student at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Many of L2L’s comments center on how law school rankings (Loyola is a tier-two school) play an unfair role in access to well-paying jobs upon graduation.

Although now presumably a third-year, L2L’s true identity (gender included) remains a mystery to the general public.

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