The Baltimore Sun
highlighted a victory Venable obtained in a pro bono
case brought on behalf of six Baltimore neighborhood associations against absentee owners of nearly 50 vacant properties within their neighborhoods. The Circuit Court for Baltimore City determined as a matter of law that the properties were a nuisance under a new Community Bill of Rights statute and ordered the owners to fix the conditions within 90 days. Trial is set for September 30 on the community association's other claims, including damages. Thomasina Poirot
, Luke Polcyn, Julie Galbo-Moyes
, Jason Rose
and Dan Moylan
are working on the case with the Community Law Center and the University of Maryland School of Law's Community Development Clinic.