Q&A: Sharon Goldsmith on the state of pro bono in Maryland
Sharon Goldsmith has served as the executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland — the pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association — since the organization was established in 1990. Goldsmith recently shared her thoughts on the state of pro bono work in Maryland, how pro bono efforts have evolved […]
UM Carey Law, OPM partner to offer discount for federal employees
Federal employees and their spouses who are admitted to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s master's programs will receive a 10 percent tuition discount under an agreement announced Tuesday.
Be cautious in use of social media, attorneys advised
While many lawyers laud the benefits of social media for connecting with potential clients and marketing a law practice, they still must exercise diligence in their online activities, several attorney discipline experts said on Tuesday. At a Maryland State Bar Association-led continuing legal education course called “The Perils of Social Media,” attorney Alvin Frederick and […]
Md. court: Prince George’s Co. liable for off-duty officer’s use of excessive force
An off-duty Prince George’s County police officer who used excessive force while working as a security guard at a 2010 University of Maryland fraternity party was acting within the scope of his employment even though he was violating a policy prohibiting officers from working side jobs while on light-duty status, a state appellate court has held. […]
Germantown woman pleads guilty in $1M bank fraud scheme
A Germantown woman who worked in the Chevy Chase branch of a financial institution pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding her employer of more than $1 million. Sobeida Maria Laboy, 46, created fraudulent invoices and submitted them to her employer for payment from December 2007 to June 19, 2014, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The […]
Baltimore jury awards $97K verdict over auto dealership fraud
A Baltimore jury earlier this month awarded almost $97,000 to a couple who bought a vehicle from a used car dealership in Baltimore only to learn that the dealership had shown them a vehicle history report for a different car and that the one they purchased had severe defects that made it dangerous to drive. […]
ACLU report highlights lack of parole for juvenile ‘lifers’
Maryland is one of four states where more than 10 percent of prisoners serving parole-eligible life sentences were juveniles when they committed their crime, according to a newly released report from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Former Gino’s employees allege wage violations, race-based harassment
Several former Latino employees of Gino’s Burgers & Chicken have filed a lawsuit against the local restaurant chain and its owners, alleging they were not paid for all the hours they worked and were subjected to “severe, pervasive, and unwelcome harassment” based on their race. Despite regularly working more than 40 hours per week at […]
Court of Appeals suspends bankruptcy lawyer in reciprocal discipline case
Maryland’s top court has indefinitely suspended a Greenbelt bankruptcy attorney who falsely stated on her application to the District of Columbia Bar that she had never been the subject of any charges or complaints regarding her conduct as a lawyer. The Court of Appeals weighed the severity of Sandy F. Thomas-Bellamy’s deceit with her admission […]
Startup helps consumers compare lawyers’ track records
Drawing from public, state court records, Justice Toolbox aims to arm the average litigant with hard data to make an informed decision about a lawyer.
Dismissal of lawsuit against BPD officers in Select Lounge shooting upheld
No reasonable juror could find that four Baltimore police officers who fired their guns at an active shooter outside a Baltimore club in 2011 — killing the shooter, who was a plainclothes police officer, and injuring several civilians in the process — were grossly negligent in their handling of the situation, the Court of Special […]
UM Carey Law launches online master’s degree programs
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has announced two new online master’s degree programs — one in cybersecurity law and one in homeland security and crisis management law — designed for working professionals who do not have a law degree. Courses for the two programs will begin in February and will […]