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Baltimore City Solicitor George A. Nilson

Aug 23, 2016

Nilson says he objected to describing his firing as ‘retirement’

Baltimore City Solicitor George A. Nilson has yet to receive an explanation from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her decision to fire him mere months before the end of her term as mayor and in the midst of the city’s reaction to a scathing Department of Justice report about the Baltimore Police Department. “My perspective on […]

Aug 19, 2016

Nilson out as Baltimore city solicitor

Baltimore City Solicitor George A. Nilson will step down from his position next week, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Friday. Deputy Solicitor David Ralph will serve as interim solicitor beginning Wednesday, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. “The mayor thanks Mr. Nilson for his dedicated service to the City of Baltimore and wishes him […]

Feb 18, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Wrong reason but right decision on outside counsel for Baltimore police investigation

The Editorial Advisory Board’s endorsing of the decision by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Solicitor George Nilson to hire the Washington law firm WilmerHale to represent the city during the investigation by the Department of Justice into the Baltimore Police Department was thoughtful and balanced. [“A bitter but necessary pill for Baltimore to swallow,”Jan. […]

Jan 28, 2016

Editorial Advisory Board: A bitter but necessary pill for Baltimore to swallow

The City of Baltimore has sought permission from the City Council to spend $2 million to hire the Washington, D.C., law firm WilmerHale to represent it in matters relating to the Department of Justice’s pattern and practice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department. A few years back, we called for such an investigation by DOJ […]

Dec 10, 2015

Editorial: Sending the wrong message

Though it has a bad connotation, the concept of hiring a lawyer as a preventive measure (“lawyering up”) almost always is a prudent step. Better to be prepared for the worst-case scenario than to be caught flat-footed. So it was back in May, when Baltimore city officials announced they had hired lawyers from the Washington, […]

Dec 9, 2015

Funding approved for D.C. law firm aiding Baltimore with federal investigation

Outside counsel was necessary because of the nature of the investigation as well at its magnitude and importance, according to city officials.

Nov 1, 2013

Should city solicitor be an elected office?

In the midst of the City Council's debate on having its own counsel, another idea about the city solicitor's office was proposed.

Oct 31, 2013

Editorial: On counsel for the council

If the question of whether the Baltimore City Council should have its own legal counsel ends up in the hands of the city’s voters, it may prompt them to ask their own question: “Huh?”

Oct 29, 2013

Proposal advances to add legal counsel for Baltimore City Council

A Baltimore City Council committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would give the legislative body its own legal counsel.

Oct 16, 2013

City settlement with ACLU expands Inner Harbor protest areas

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a nearly $100,000 settlement with the ACLU of Maryland to end a decade-old federal lawsuit over the rights of protesters at the Inner Harbor.

Sep 3, 2013

Ousted Superblock developer sues

The once- and would-be developer of the Baltimore-owned Superblock property sued the city Tuesday for at least $50 million in an effort to block Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake from entertaining new bids for the project.

Jul 31, 2013

Suit seeks $57M for fatal fire

The families of a grandmother and her four young grandchildren who died in a house fire last fall are suing the landlord and the Housing Authority of Baltimore City.

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