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‘Crime’ and other good causes

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service is celebrating its 30th anniversary in an atypical fashion. Hundreds of people will be attending a private showing Wednesday night of “Crime and Punishment” at Center Stage. (Full disclosure: The Daily Record is the event’s media sponsor.)

Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of MVLS, said the organization’s benefit committee wanted to do a theater event and thought the stage production of Dostoyevsky’s classic was an excellent fit. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein will make some remarks as the event’s chair, and city police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert Bell are also expected to attend, further emphasizing the night’s theme.

“It’s really more an evening of entertainment rather than our fall pro bono awards reception,” Sullivan said.

For those attending: the play runs 90 minutes with no intermission (much less time than it would take you to read the book).

In other good cause news, Bethesda lawyer Brad Shear alerted me to his recent blog post honoring one of his favorite professors at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The late Robin Goodenough was a member of the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams, a precursor to the SEALs. The SEALs have been in the news recently, of course, and Shear writes now is as good a time as ever to its foundation:

Freedom is not free. The cost is very high and it disproportionately falls onto the families of those who have died while serving our country. It’s time for our country to thank the Robin W. Goodenoughs of the world. These courageous defenders of freedom are the unsung heroes in the War on Terror. Because of their selfless acts, I am able to practice law, blog about social media, have a first amendment right to speak my mind, and go to sleep at night without being in constant fear that a terrorist attack will destroy my home.