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April 26, 2011
The decision by a national law firm to drop its contract to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the U.S. Congress in the face of criticism from gay rights groups, and the subsequent resignation in protest of the partner assigned to the case, raises thorny issues about legal ethics and the effective pursuit of justice. DOMA, as the law is known, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legally sanctioned by the states and frees states that do not allow gay marriages from recognizing those performed elsewhere.
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NEWS
April 26, 2011
The decision by a national law firm to drop its contract to defend the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the U.S. Congress in the face of criticism from gay rights groups, and the subsequent resignation in protest of the partner assigned to the case, raises thorny issues about legal ethics and the effective pursuit of justice. DOMA, as the law is known, prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legally sanctioned by the states and frees states that do not allow gay marriages from recognizing those performed elsewhere.
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By DAVID FOLKENFLIK | March 24, 1996
FOR DECADES, law students have had to stock up on texts by Sophocles and Melville along with books on torts and contracts. Venerated works such as "Antigone" and "Billy Budd" offer explicit musings on justice and order with obvious lessons for lawyers. Some professors have even mined the TV show "L.A. Law" for anecdotes about attorneys.At the University of Maryland School of Law, however, two professors who teach sections of a mandatory legal ethics course have assigned a book that, on its face, has nothing to do with the law and features an unlikely role model: a repressed butler in pre-World War II England.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2004
Anne Arundel County, which recently barred its police officers from working off hours as security guards in the county's bingo parlors, also is investigating whether a moonlighting officer might have failed to prevent a suspected arson at a school construction site. The incident, as well as the new prohibition on performing security work at bingo parlors, highlights a problem for police departments nationwide that permit moonlighting, despite concerns that the actions of an off-duty officer could affect the image -- and possibly incur the liability -- of an entire department.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 8, 1995
The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association is asking the Maryland Court of Appeals to adopt a rule prohibiting lawyers from having sex with their clients.The group said in a letter that such a rule might help the legal profession's tarnished image and clarify matters by prohibiting behavior that some lawyers only consider unprofessional."Our organization felt strongly that such behavior by lawyers is a breach of fiduciary duty and severely undermines public confidence in the Bar when such events occur," the letter says.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
An article in Friday's editions of The Sun incorrectly identified the party affiliation of Anne Arundel County Councilman Bert Rice. Mr. Rice is a Republican.The Sun regrets the error.Anne Arundel County Council members said yesterday that they don't mind working with new County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe, who used the same office 25 years ago to make profitable deals on county-owned land.But an expert on legal ethics said Mr. Scheibe's past activities may erode the public's confidence in the integrity of their local government.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
In an uncommon statement of contrition, Shapiro and Olander said yesterday that it had made a mistake in soliciting business from companies located in Baltimore's multimillion-dollar federal empowerment zone and apologized for its conduct.Ronald M. Shapiro, the founding partner and campaign treasurer for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, said that the law firm was rescinding an offer of its services made to about 50 companies eligible for tax credits and other benefits of the federal redevelopment effort.
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By ANDREW BARD SCHMOOKLER | July 26, 1994
I felt very upset when O.J. Simpson became a suspect: I hoped the evidence would clear him. Now I'm upset at what may be his attorneys' strategy to keep him from being convicted.I do not claim to know if Mr. Simpson is guilty, though the evidence presented publicly so far seems pretty grim. And I don't know if the police did anything improper to make their case against him, although the accusations about this seem so far pretty flimsy. Nor am I privy to the thinking of Mr. Simpson's defense team, but I have a suspicion.
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By David Conn and David Conn,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | December 30, 1990
ANNAPOLIS -- A classic legislative and business turf battle is brewing between law firms and title companies. At stake is millions of dollars each year that title agents say is their rightfully earned fees and that lawyers say should go to charity.If the lawyers win in the General Assembly, the millions of dollars probably will go to legal services for the poor. The state would take the money away from title agents, who say they are feeling the economic pressures of a weak real estate market and can't afford the loss.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Howard Libit and Michael Dresser and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2002
Four Democratic legislators contacted members of Maryland's highest court in attempts to discuss pending lawsuits challenging the governor's redistricting plan, according to judges. Legal experts described the contacts - two of them by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - as improper. The contacts were disclosed in a notice the Court of Appeals sent to parties to the lawsuits Friday. The statement outlines telephone calls by Miller, Sen. Ida G. Ruben of Montgomery County and Sen. Ulysses Currie of Prince George's County to four appellate judges, as well as a letter sent by Del. Ruth M. Kirk of Baltimore to Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.
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By David Nitkin, Walter F. Roche Jr. and David Folkenflik and David Nitkin, Walter F. Roche Jr. and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2002
Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has been given extensive use of a luxury executive helicopter provided at an apparent discount by a company with ties to two Maryland television stations. Most recently, Ehrlich and his family used the $2,500-an-hour aircraft eight days after the election to travel between Washington and Ocean City, where he was vacationing. Campaign aides acknowledged yesterday that no payments have been made for the chartered helicopter services, provided by Whirlwind Aviation Inc. of Frederick, though the flights date to April.
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By Michael Dresser and Howard Libit and Michael Dresser and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2002
Four Democratic legislators contacted members of Maryland's highest court in attempts to discuss pending lawsuits challenging the governor's redistricting plan, according to judges. Legal experts described the contacts - two of them by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller - as improper. The contacts were disclosed in a notice the Court of Appeals sent to parties to the lawsuits Friday. The statement outlines telephone calls by Miller, Sen. Ida G. Ruben of Montgomery County and Sen. Ulysses Currie of Prince George's County to four appellate judges, as well as a letter sent by Del. Ruth M. Kirk of Baltimore to Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2002
When the State House clock hit midnight Monday, it tripped an alarm that is ringing through the Maryland political community. With the General Assembly session over, the campaigning for this year's statewide elections can begin. Candidates are emerging for the state's eight congressional seats and 47 legislative districts, forging alliances and crafting slates. And the race for Maryland governor, expected to be one of the most closely watched of its kind in the nation, starts in earnest.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 15, 1997
CHICAGO -- Julie Garber, a California real estate developer, was 28 when she succumbed last December to acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Her death left her parents inconsolable."
NEWS
By DAVID FOLKENFLIK | March 24, 1996
FOR DECADES, law students have had to stock up on texts by Sophocles and Melville along with books on torts and contracts. Venerated works such as "Antigone" and "Billy Budd" offer explicit musings on justice and order with obvious lessons for lawyers. Some professors have even mined the TV show "L.A. Law" for anecdotes about attorneys.At the University of Maryland School of Law, however, two professors who teach sections of a mandatory legal ethics course have assigned a book that, on its face, has nothing to do with the law and features an unlikely role model: a repressed butler in pre-World War II England.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
In an uncommon statement of contrition, Shapiro and Olander said yesterday that it had made a mistake in soliciting business from companies located in Baltimore's multimillion-dollar federal empowerment zone and apologized for its conduct.Ronald M. Shapiro, the founding partner and campaign treasurer for Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, said that the law firm was rescinding an offer of its services made to about 50 companies eligible for tax credits and other benefits of the federal redevelopment effort.
NEWS
By David Nitkin, Walter F. Roche Jr. and David Folkenflik and David Nitkin, Walter F. Roche Jr. and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2002
Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has been given extensive use of a luxury executive helicopter provided at an apparent discount by a company with ties to two Maryland television stations. Most recently, Ehrlich and his family used the $2,500-an-hour aircraft eight days after the election to travel between Washington and Ocean City, where he was vacationing. Campaign aides acknowledged yesterday that no payments have been made for the chartered helicopter services, provided by Whirlwind Aviation Inc. of Frederick, though the flights date to April.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | December 15, 1997
CHICAGO -- Julie Garber, a California real estate developer, was 28 when she succumbed last December to acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Her death left her parents inconsolable."
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
An article in Friday's editions of The Sun incorrectly identified the party affiliation of Anne Arundel County Councilman Bert Rice. Mr. Rice is a Republican.The Sun regrets the error.Anne Arundel County Council members said yesterday that they don't mind working with new County Attorney Phillip F. Scheibe, who used the same office 25 years ago to make profitable deals on county-owned land.But an expert on legal ethics said Mr. Scheibe's past activities may erode the public's confidence in the integrity of their local government.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer | January 8, 1995
The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association is asking the Maryland Court of Appeals to adopt a rule prohibiting lawyers from having sex with their clients.The group said in a letter that such a rule might help the legal profession's tarnished image and clarify matters by prohibiting behavior that some lawyers only consider unprofessional."Our organization felt strongly that such behavior by lawyers is a breach of fiduciary duty and severely undermines public confidence in the Bar when such events occur," the letter says.
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