Posted On: February 9, 2009 by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.

Maryland Legal News Today

Two article of interest to Maryland lawyers in the Maryland Daily Record today:

Baltimore's large law firms are freezing starting associate salaries. No real surprise but an interesting article. Times have changed so much for lawyers even in the past year. In 2009, none of this is lost on the Internet. This is a website dedicated to tracking big law firm layoffs.

There is a follow-up story to the Maryland Court of Appeals decision in favor of an adoptive lesbian mother, denying visitation rights to her former partner who allegedly acted as the a parent to the child (mixed evidence on this). I reported on this custody battle some time ago. The article is about the Baltimore County Judge Michael Finifter's application of the court's opinion in denying the woman's partner visitation rights, essentially because while the biological mother may have wrongfully poisoned the child against the partner, the child is poisoned such that it is in the child's best interest for the partner not to have visitation rights. Here is the quote from one of the lawyers:

The decision was 30 pages long. Twenty-nine pages of it, 28, was the judge showing his, I guess, dislike for Janice, but at the end of the day, the analysis regarding Maya’s best interest prevailed.

Now here is the crazy part. The quote is from Janice's lawyer. This is a trial court opinion. So the only way the general public or friends, family and co-workers following the case are going to know what is in the opinion is to go to the Baltimore County courthouse in Towson. Thankfully, Janice's lawyer was kind enough to summarize for everyone exactly what kind of a person and parent the judge thinks she is. So thanks for that.

So let me get this straight: the woman turned the child on her ex-partner and benefits from it because the child would be traumatized by seeing the partner. In other words, she won her case by selfishly messing with the head of her own child. I comment Janice's conduct in the whole thing in my post on this custody case in May.

When you think about it, this bizarrely makes sense. I can see where it would be in the child's best interests to avoid someone they fear, regardless of how they got there.

I'm going to spend a good portion of the day thinking of jobs I would enjoy less than being a custody lawyer.

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