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Top 5: ‘We don’t want that power usurped from us’ (access required)

Delays continue in Maryland's top court, and the Student Bar Association president at the University of Baltimore School of Law is trying to keep students updated on the search for a new dean. Those stories and more in this week's legal affairs top 5. 1. Baltimore lead-paint lawyer disbarred after pilfering clients for personal gain - by Ben Mook The state’s top court has disbarred a Baltimore lawyer for altering client files to make them less attractive to the firm he was working for so he could pick up the clients when he opened his own solo practice. In a split 4-3 decision, the Court of Appeals disbarred Gregory R. Keiner for violating the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct despite the centerpiece of his argument that alcoholism and depression drove his actions. 2. Delays in Court of Appeals continue - by Steve Lash Acting with more deliberation than speed, Maryland’s top court on Friday ruled against a would-be developer in Columbia and against the estate of Catonsville woman — well over two years after hearing arguments in the two cases. In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals said Renaissance Centro Columbia LLC failed to exhaust administrative remedies before going to court to block nearby resident Joel Broida’s challenge to the developer’s plan to build a 22-story retail and condominium building.