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Dec 8, 2016

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 […]

UMB Carey
Dec 7, 2016

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.

Dec 6, 2016

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 […]

Court of Appeals
Dec 5, 2016

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. […]

U.S. District Court Greenbelt
Dec 1, 2016

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 […]

Nov 30, 2016

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. […]

Nov 29, 2016

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.

Nov 28, 2016

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 […]

Nov 25, 2016

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 […]

Nov 22, 2016

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.

Nov 17, 2016

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 law school
Nov 17, 2016

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 […]

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