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Nov 6, 2010

Top 5: One person, one vote

Just when it appeared a full-scale review of Maryland’s constitution had been approved by voters, it hadn’t. And just when it appeared a Baltimore interior designer had won a seat on Baltimore’s Orphans’ Court, it turned out she hadn’t. And, finally, just when it seemed Alison Asti was running on a slate with another candidate […]

Nov 4, 2010

Justice decayed, answers to questions of feasbility delayed

Everyone agrees the Baltimore City Circuit Court buildings are “absolutely terrible” and that a new courthouse is in order, the city’s administrative judge declared at a meeting of city and state criminal justice officials last fall. To this end, the city and its circuit court ponied up between $600,000 and $700,000 for a Maryland Stadium […]

Oct 31, 2010

Baltimore lawyer leaves to help Afghan legal system

Tara S. Neal gets one of three reactions when people learn she’ll be spending the next year in Afghanistan helping develop the country’s legal system. “Some people don’t know what to say. I just get silence,” she said. “Then I get those folks who focus in on the danger element. And then the others who’ve […]

Oct 26, 2010

“Juan” interesting keynote speaker

Tonight I’ll be attending Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s pro bono recognition reception at the University of Maryland School of Law. The event will honor lawyers and law firms for their pro bono service, including three lawyers who have taken at least one case a year from MVLS for the last 10 years. Oh, and the […]

Oct 25, 2010

A legal longshot and a spot-a-pot

Two items of interest from the November Issue of the ABA Journal (at least to me): The cover story is about how a 33-year-old solo practitioner in Cleveland named David Mills will be arguing his first case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 1. The story provides a blueprint of sorts for building an […]

Oct 19, 2010

For the ‘Love’ of biking

Last year at this time, Mike Hamburg was preparing to bike around northern Israel to raise money for a children’s hospital in Jerusalem. This year’s Wheels of Love charity ride will take him on a route near Israel’s borders with Egypt and the Gaza Strip. “A bunch of Jewish doctors and lawyers biking near Gaza; […]

Oct 15, 2010

Foreclosure change heads to top court

A Maryland judicial panel on Friday advanced a rule that calls on judges to summon any lawyer they believe did not personally sign foreclosure documents that appear to bear his or her signature. The attorney may be called to court to explain why the foreclosure action should not be dismissed. The proposed emergency rule, which […]

Oct 11, 2010

Unbillable hours: Baltimore County lawyer on Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! juggernaut Roger Craig had won five straight games, including a record-setting $77,000 in one day, when Mary Keating was called to the stage for her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to respond to Alex Trebek’s answers with questions. The task ahead temporarily numbed her, but then Keating felt a kind of calm. “It’s like when you walk […]

Oct 11, 2010

Are you going to be a trial lawyer?

The results to the July Maryland Bar Exam should be coming out soon, and Maryland will have over 1,000 new lawyers, assuming the pass/fail rate trends continue. Some of these new lawyers went to law school because becoming an attorney is their passion; some went to law school because the economy is bad and they […]

Oct 8, 2010

Here comes the bride (and the bride, and the bride)

Earlier this year we wrote about the upcoming nuptials of the Kunkel girls, three sisters who were sharing a wedding day. Well, that special day is Saturday in Wisconsin. And now their story has been picked up by the national media. The women and their soon-to-be husbands appeared Thursday morning on the CBS Early Show. […]

Sep 28, 2010

The 71-hour day and other billing practices

There’s alternative billing, as my colleague Danielle Ulman wrote about in Monday’s paper, and then there just might be Glenn C. Lewis’ alleged billing practices. Lewis had days with as many as 71 billable hours, and in a 16-month period in 2003 and 2004, he billed clients for “3,620 hours, or an average of 226 […]

Sep 26, 2010

Lawyer reprimanded for failure to surrender documents

Maryland’s top court has reprimanded an attorney for failing to fulfill a former client’s request for documents the lawyer drafted or received during the course of the legal representation. Rockville lawyer Timur Z. Edib’s failure violated Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct requiring lawyers to “promptly comply with [a client’s] reasonable requests for information” and to […[...]

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