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News of Baltimore lawyer’s arrest could spur AGC probe

A Baltimore County-based lawyer/magician who was arrested in an Internet sting operation in Florida on Monday has no history of disciplinary problems, according to the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland. However, the criminal proceeding against him, which alleges that he traveled to Florida intending to have sex with an underage boy he met on the Internet, could change that.

Glenn M. Grossman, bar counsel to the Attorney Grievance Commission, declined to comment on Howard Scott Kalin’s case but, generally speaking, said a news report could “absolutely” lead to an investigation, and has done so in the past.

Norman L. Smith, who has defended lawyers in the AGC’s crosshairs and is the reporter for the Maryland Court of Appeals Professionalism Commission, deferred to Grossman but said Kalin’s state law license could be in jeopardy.

“Of course everyone’s innocent until proven guilty,” cautioned Smith, a partner at Fisher & Winner LLP in Baltimore.

But if Kalin were found guilty, it would “more than probably reflect on his fitness to practice law,” Smith said; and at that point, “I’m sure bar counsel would be interested.”

In documents filed with the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland, Kalin listed an address in the 1700 block of Anne Avenue in Essex. According to published reports, he also runs Funhouse Entertainment in the 2200 block of York Road in Lutherville.