Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : December 2007

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  SECTION SPOTLIGHT  
Senior Lawyers Section Info.

NO. OF MEMBERS
138

FOUNDED
January 1, 1989

OFFICERS
CHAIR: Victor W. Fuentealba
VICE-CHAIR: John Carroll Weiss, Jr.
SECRETARY: Alber J. Lochte

NEWSLETTER
Pearls of Wisdom
Born in Baltimore on June 16, 1880, Wolf built a formidable law practice by the turn of the 20th century and served in the U.S. House of Representatives (MD, 3rd District) from 1907-09. According to Schneider, Wolf was known as a “chronic thorn to prosecutors” but commended as an “honorable lawyer” and “model citizen” in the same breath. So in 1922, when the popular attorney was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, the shockwaves rippled through the burgeoning harbor city. Before anyone (including the accused) could grasp what was happening, Wolf was tried, convicted and disbarred by the Supreme Bench (now the Circuit Court) of Baltimore City.

Baltimore Police were hunting for two men accused of a crime, and their trail led to Wolf’s estate. One of the accused was Wolf’s client and, according to Schneider, Wolf was within his legal rights to not divulge the whereabouts of the men. Wolf was then charged on the basis of harboring fugitives.

He was fined $100 in lieu of jail time; however, the disbarment that was levied upon Wolf had an everlasting sting. Twice the ousted-attorney attempted to regain admittance to the bar – to which he was originally admitted in 1901 – but was denied. Wolf was ultimately vindicated in 1940, when his third attempt was successful, though he never practiced law again. He passed away in 1944, yet he lives on as the only attorney in Maryland to be readmitted after being disbarred – an honor in and of itself.

Though the accusations and trial harkens a sour taste for Wolf’s son, the Honorable Edwin J. Wolf, who disdainfully referred to it as a “dastardly scheme,” today Henry Wolf can be remembered for what he truly was.

“He was a brilliant attorney,” fondly remarked Susan Dudley, Henry Wolf’s granddaughter, at the Senior Lawyers meeting.

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Just a mere 12 hours before Thanksgiving, positive feelings swirled through the conference room as the MSBA Senior Lawyers Section praised Dudley for attending and Judge Schneider for his presentation (he was also promptly asked for his dues when he let it slip he had just turned 60, a requirement for joining the Section). Following the thanks, one member stood to address a serious topic that has appeared in many headlines over the last few weeks.

“Have you all heard of the lawyers in Pakistan?” asked the member, referring to the 1,500+ Pakistani lawyers arrested after they protested President Musharraf’s suspension of the country’s national constitution and rule of law. “It should make us all proud to be lawyers.”

The room of men and women cheered and applauded accordingly. These members have been practicing law for many years and there is little they have not experienced in the legal arena; after years of weathering the storm, these bimonthly meetings offer an opportunity for the members to interact with their legal colleagues. Guest speakers and a lunch buffet are provided at every meeting, as well as a jovial atmosphere that offers an escape to simpler times – one member’s college tuition only cost $400/year. The group’s stories are rarely doubted, afterall, as one member exclaimed, “It’s not ‘senile’ - it’s seniors!”



 
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Publications : Bar Bulletin: December 2007