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Baltimore Law Fall 2018

The magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law



Professor Byron L. Warnken Retires after 45 Years at University of Baltimore School of Law

Vol. 6 Baltimore Law is published annually for alumni and friends of the University of Baltimore School of Law. EDITORIAL BOARD


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n every life there are pivotal moments: births, weddings, graduations and other momentous occasions that separate the past from the future. These moments are an opportunity to remember and celebrate everything that came before, because nothing after will be the same. The University of Baltimore School of Law had a pivotal moment this year — the retirement of Professor BYRON L. WARKEN, J.D. ’77. It is impossible to overstate the impact that Byron has had on our law school during his four decades as a student, professor and mentor to thousands of law students. We call him “Mr. UB” for good reason — he has been the embodiment of our school and a key asset in our mission to educate the next generation of successful and effective Maryland lawyers. The cover story of this magazine seeks to capture the essence of Professor Warnken’s legacy, and to replay the glorious night of May 3, 2018, when hundreds of Byron’s friends, colleagues and former students gathered to pay tribute to the man who has meant so much to this school and its students. On that night, we were proud to inaugurate the Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom at the University of Baltimore School of Law, a naming made possible by the generous donations of so many alumni. I, for one, will never forget the feeling of love and appreciation in the moot courtroom and throughout the law school building that night. The deep respect for Byron conveyed by leaders of our legal community like Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera and Chairman JOSEPH F. VALLARIO, J.D. ’63 . . . The esteem of Byron’s faculty colleagues Jack Lynch and Fred Smalkin . . . The fabulous stories

FROM THE DEAN Ronald Weich from TIM F. MALONEY, J.D ’85, and others . . . And the appreciation expressed by ADAM RUTHER, J.D. ’08, on behalf of all of Byron’s former students. Best of all were the eloquent and touching remarks by Byron, Bonnie and their children Heather and Byron. How courageous for Bonnie to describe in detail the health challenge that compelled Byron to leave the classroom before he had planned to do so. In that intimate moment we were all members of Byron’s family. Byron’s retirement celebration was such an important event in the life of our law school. So many alumni tell me that they owe their early successes in the law to Byron Warnken. His office door will remain open to the many students he has mentored over the years. While most of Byron’s former students became lawyers in traditional practices (and many are now judges), this issue of Baltimore Law highlights another career path for UB law graduates: the role of general counsel. Just as a UB law degree prepares graduates to be litigators, transactional lawyers or policy advocates, it also prepares them to help manage the legal affairs of corporations large and small. The essence of lawyering is problem solving, and the UB grads featured in this article are masterful problem solvers. Even after the pivotal moment of Byron Warnken’s retirement, our law school remains vibrant and our graduates continue to make us proud. We will all strive to follow the inspiring example of Mr. UB, Byron L. Warnken.

Ronald Weich Dean

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in this issue:

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10 A Lasting Legacy

Professor Byron L. Warnken Retires after 45 Years at University of Baltimore School of Law


The Unique Path of In-House Counsel Alumni Share Their Perspectives




Baltimore Briefs

News and Events from 2017–18

In Closing ‘Golden State Killer’ Case Puts DNA in Legal Spotlight. Natalie Ram addresses the ‘Creep’ of Genetic Surveillance in Our Daily Lives.

ABOVE: Byron L. Warnken, J.D. ’77 and Bonnie L. Warnken, J.D. ’90

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Alumni Activities Faculty & Staff Activities

baltimorebriefs Alyssa Fieo Joins Law School as Assistant Dean for Law Career Development


lyssa R. Fieo, an attorney with extensive experience mentoring law students and young lawyers, joined the University of Baltimore School of Law last spring as assistant dean for Law Career Development. After studying at Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Romance Languages and Literature, Fieo worked in New York as a litigation assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She earned her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and started her career as a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. Pro bono work paved the way for Fieo’s transition to public interest law. For five years, she was a staff attorney at the Education Law Center, litigating class action cases in special education and school discipline matters. For the past 25 years, she served as a civil rights attorney specializing in disability, education and voting law. Before coming to UB, Fieo worked for Disability Rights Maryland (formerly the Maryland Disability Law Center) for nearly 20 years, including 11 as the organization’s legal advocacy director. While there, Fieo engaged in significant legislative and policy initiatives, represented individuals and advocated for systemic change to

address issues impacting Marylanders with disabilities. Most recently, alongside coalition partners, she spearheaded legislation to ban school suspensions for students in pre-K through second grade. Fieo also worked to stem the schoolto-prison pipeline, improve the quality of educational services for students in correctional facilities and ensure that Maryland’s electoral process is fully accessible to voters with disabilities. She has routinely represented Spanishspeaking families and advanced legislation to ensure that parents have access to their children’s special education records in their native language. Fieo’s work earned her the 2014 Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service

Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, which honors an outstanding public-interest lawyer who is involved in providing, promoting or managing civil legal services to the poor. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support students here at UB,” she says. “Mentoring and connecting people are particular strengths of mine, and I am eager to help students figure out their career goals and develop a plan to realize those goals. I am all about action.” Fieo is equally committed to meeting the needs of law school alumni. “The UB community has been incredibly welcoming, and I look forward to connecting with members of the alumni community.”

Law School Visited by ABA and AALS in Fall 2017 The School of Law hosted both the American Bar

opportunity to take stock of all of the law school’s

Association (ABA) and the Association of American

programs of legal education. While the ABA is still

Law Schools (AALS) site teams last fall after

reviewing the law school as part of its reaccreditation

undertaking an extensive self-study involving

process, the AALS concluded its review and report

faculty, staff and students.

by stating that “[t]he University of Baltimore School

of Law impresses” and that the law school “is well

The self-study, part of the ABA’s sabbatical

review process required for all law schools, was an

positioned for success in the coming years.”

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baltimorebriefs Professor John Bessler receives USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Scholarship

26 Students Studied Law in Curaçao over Winter Break Professor and Practitioner in Residence LISA SPARKS, B.A. ’05, J.D. ’07, along with 26 law students took part in the law school’s winter study-abroad program in Curaçao, a Dutch Caribean island located about 40 miles north of the coast of Venezuela. Most of the students were from the University of Baltimore School of Law and Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. In it’s 16th year, the annual program began on Dec. 16, 2017, and wrapped up on Jan. 6, 2018. The ABA-approved program focuses on comparative and international law.

Brandon Cahee Elected Chair of National Black Law Students Association

Professor John Bessler received a University System of Maryland Regents’ 2018 Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research or Creative Activity. Bessler is the author of nine books on the death penalty. His most recent work, The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World, was published by Carolina Academic Press this year. The book traces the global influence of the Italian philosopher and economist Cesare Beccaria (1738–1794) on the world’s constitutions and laws. In 2017, Bessler published The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition, which was a bronze medalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the World History category.

Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr., J.D. ’73


randon Cahee,

a 2019 J.D. candidate in the University of Baltimore School of Law and chapter president of the school’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), has been named chief executive officer of the National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA). Cahee’s nomination and election took place during the NBLSA’s annual convention in Brooklyn, New York, in March 2018. Cahee serves as the 49th chair of the organization, which was founded in 1968 to “increase the number of culturally responsible black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community,” according to its mission statement. With more than 6,000 members, NBLSA is one of the largest student organizations in the United States and is the largest tax-exempt nonprofit run by students.

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Continuing Shannonhouse’s Tradition of Excellence: 65 Students Inducted into Honor Society There were 65 law students inducted into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society over the course of the 2017–18 school year. Named after the legendary Royal Graham Shannonhouse III, the honor society recognizes students who have set themselves apart academically after the completion of 32 credits with a GPA of 3.15 or higher. Those who achieve a GPA 3.7 or above are further recognized as Distinguished Scholars. The fall induction ceremony took place on Sept. 26, 2017, with Judge C. PHILIP NICHOLS JR., J.D. ’73, as its keynote speaker. Nichols, a retired chief judge of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, recalled that students were often frightened by the late Professor Shannonhouse. “We were afraid to feel foolish under his cross-examination,” Nichols said. But the professor also inspired each of his students. “He made many of us what we are today.” The keynote speaker for the spring ceremony on Jan. 30, 2018, was WILBUR ‘BILL’ BOLTON, J.D. ’73, a bankruptcy attorney in Harford County.

news&events UB Law Review Symposium Examines All Angles of Police Body-Worn Cameras Issue


n April 10, 2018, the Law Review held its annual symposium, “A Look from All Angles: Discussing the Use of Police Body-Worn Cameras.” With six months of use by the Baltimore Police Department and national attention on the issue, the panel of experts discussed the ways that implementation of the devices has affected the police, attorneys and our communities. Among the panelists was the Hon. Frederic Smalkin, retired Chief Judge of the District Court of the District of Maryland, professor and judge in residence in the UB School of Law. Smalkin served as chair of the Commission on Law Enforcement Body-Worn Cameras that was established in 2015 to make recommendations regarding the implementation of body cameras to the Maryland General Assembly and the Police Training Commission. “[The Commission] worked out very well,” Smalkin said. “There was no animosity to my memory; there was agreement on various topics. The concept was not a problem, the implementation of the concept was where there were different opinions.”

Hon. Frederic Smalkin The process involved making decisions on how much footage should be retained, what protections would be afforded victims who might be recorded, what rights the media would have when it comes to obtaining the footage and the biggest problem: how to pay for it. In addition to Smalkin, the symposium panelists featured: TJ Smith, chief of

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media relations, Baltimore City Police epartment; Scott D. Shellenberger, state’s attorney for Baltimore County; Donald Zaremba, district public defender for Baltimore County; Sean Goodison, Police Executive Research Forum; Clark Neily, vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute; and Matthew Feeney, policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

Professor Robert Knowles Joins Law Faculty Robert Knowles, a former faculty member at Valparaiso University Law School, joins the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law this fall as an associate professor. Knowles’s areas of expertise include civil procedure, administrative law, legal analysis and national security law. Knowles, who received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, taught at Valparaiso starting in 2012. Prior to that, he was a visiting assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2011–12) and Chicago-Kent College of Law (2009–11). He served as an acting assistant professor at the New York University School of Law from 2006 to 2009. Knowles completed a judicial clerkship for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has written numerous articles for law review publications, blogs and other outlets. Fall 2018 | 5 |


Marie Van Deusen, J.D. ’89


Associate Director Jernee Bramble and Darrian Nelson

n April 22, 2018, the University of Baltimore School of Law held its 24th Annual Awards Ceremony at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. MARIE VAN DEUSEN, J.D. ’89, senior vice president and financial adviser for Morgan Stanley, was the keynote speaker. Marie Van Deusen is one of the Board of Directors of University of Baltimore’s Foundation Board as well as a member of the School of Law’s Dean’s Development Circle. More than 100 students were recognized at the event for their academic and cocurricular successes, including 2018 valedictorian, ASHLEY M. TRIPLETT, J.D.’18, and Salutatorian, JANET FRANKLIN, J.D. ’18.

Faculty and staff members were also honored at the event: SBA James May Faculty Award Practitioner in Residence Lisa Sparks, B.A. ’05, J.D. ’07 SBA Staff Mentoring Award Jernee Bramble

Student Support Director Leslie Metzger and SBA President Genna Hoy


Students, Faculty and Staff Honored at the 24TH ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member Carrie Williams Faculty Scholarship Award in Traditional Research Professor Eric Easton

SBA Lifetime Achievement Leslie Metzger

Faculty Scholarship Award in Public Discourse Professor Charles Tiefer

Outstanding Teaching by a Full-Time Faculty Member Professor Nienke C. Grossman

Outstanding Service by a Full-Time Faculty Member Professor Elizabeth Keyes

Saul Ewing Award for Outstanding Teaching in Transactional Law Professor William R. Hubbard

Rose McMunn Distinguished Service Staff Award Shavaun O’Brien

UB School of Law Clinic, Student and Alumni Win MSBA Awards

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he University of Baltimore School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Clinic, current student Herman Brown and several alumni were recognized by the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) this year. In June 2018, at the MSBA’s Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony in Ocean City, Maryland, the Juvenile Justice Project, together with the Maryland Juvenile Lifer Parole Representation Project (MJLPRP), received the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award. The Clinic, led by Professor Jane Murphy with Clinical Fellow Lila Meadows, in Herman Brown conjunction with MJLPRP, was recognized for its efforts to increase awareness and deliver effective counsel surrounding the issue of juveniles serving life sentences in Maryland’s criminal-justice system. The MSBA noted that the group has recruited 50 pro bono attorneys and provided training and support for individuals in the system since they started their work in May 2017. At the same ceremony, recent UB Law alums, MADONNA A. LEBLING, J.D. ’14, CHRISTIAN E. NOBLE, J.D. ’15 and MAYA ZEGARRA, J.D. ’15, were also recognized. They shared in the Young Lawyers Section Alex Fee Memorial Award. The three were honored for their work as volunteers with the Esperanza Center’s Pro Bono Project, which assists immigrants with their legal needs. In a separate ceremony in Baltimore, law student Herman Brown received the MSBA’s Steven J. Mandell Business Law Scholarship Award for the outstanding rising 3L business law student. Brown was nominated by UB Law Professor Barbara Ann White, who serves as director of the MSBA-UB Business Law Clerkship program and editor of the MSBA Business Law Section newsletter.

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Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis Delivers Keynote Address at 91st Commencement Andre M. Davis

Jill Green, J.D. ’94

Ashley M. Triplett, J.D. ’18

Katrina J. Dennis, J.D. ’04

Dean Ronald Weich and Gregory Waterworth, J.D. ’18



n May 22, 2018, the University of Baltimore School of Law held its 91st Commencement ceremony. 250 J.D. and LL.M. graduates received their degrees. Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis, a former judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, delivered the keynote address. In his remarks, he stressed the need for lawyers to connect to their community. A native of Baltimore, Davis served as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1980 to 1981. He was named assistant U.S. attorney for Maryland in 1981, holding that post until 1983, when he moved into private practice. From 1984 until 1987, he was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In 1987, Davis was appointed associate judge for the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, and later, in 1990, was named an associate judge for the city’s Circuit Court. In 1995, President Bill Clinton selected Davis to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Maryland — a nomination that was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. Davis continued in that position until 2000, when he was named a judge for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, did not re-nominate Davis to the position, but President Barack Obama did in 2009. Davis served as a judge until 2017, when he was named city solicitor by Mayor Catherine Pugh. Davis earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 1978. Other speakers at the event included alumnae KATRINA J. DENNIS, J.D. ’04, and D. JILL GREEN, J.D. ’94, who gave remarks on behalf of the USM Board of Regents and UB Law Alumni Association respectively. The valedictorian address was given by ASHLEY M. TRIPLETT, J.D. ’18.

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Aberdeen Study-Abroad Program A contingent from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland visited the University of Baltimore School of Law on March 7, 2018, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aberdeen studyabroad program. The occasion reception and panel discussion at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. David Thaler, spouse of alumna CAROLYN THALER J.D. ’74, provided traditional

Scottish bagpipe tunes during the celebration. The program in comparative and international law takes place annually in Aberdeen and has attracted law students from UB and the University of Maryland for more than 30 years. The March 7 event also honored one of the program’s founders, Professor David Carey Miller (1941–2016).

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UB’s Black Law Student Association

MOOT COURT IS A DONOR-SUPPORTED PROGRAM Student expenses related to the moot court program are funded by the School of Law Annual Fund. Thank you to all of the generous donors who have given an annual gift or contributed to this fund on various occasions. Without you, these student successes would not be possible.



Students raise $20,000 at Annual Public Interest Auction


he University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest (UBSPI) hosted their 24th annual gala and auction on Feb. 23, 2018. The event — which features a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle — raises money to provide stipends to UB law students working as fellows in publicinterest organizations over the summer. This year, the event raised more than $20,000 and funded seven student fellowships. Thank you to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who made the event a success.

Below, clockwise: Students, faculty, staff and alumni gather in the Angelos Law Center. Professor Byron L. Warnken, J.D. ’77, receives a standing ovation. Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, takes the stage during the live auction. (LtoR) Maureen Van Stone, Alyssa Fieo, and Spencer M. Hall, J.D. ’13

SAVE THE DATE 25th Annual Public Interest Auction Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 If you or your business would like to contribute an item or service to our 25th auction, please contact Michelle Junot at Tickets will go on sale for that event in early January 2019 and donations are always welcome at Fall 2018 | 9 |





Professor Byron L. Warnken Retires after 45 Years at University of Baltimore School of Law

ver the last 93 years, the School of Law has invariably employed devoted and distinguished faculty, but only one professor has come to be known as Mr. UB. The extraordinary life’s work of Professor BYRON L. WARNKEN, J.D. ’77 was celebrated on

May 3, 2018, in the John and Frances Angelos

Law Center. The event drew hundreds of faculty, staff,

alumni and friends who gathered to say thank you to the man who has given more to this law school and the surrounding legal community than any other living person.

Warnken’s retirement after

45 years as professor, mentor, coach and friend, not only marked the end of an era, but also signified two beginnings: his new role as Professor Emeritus and the naming of the University’s central gathering space, now officially known as the Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom. The evening’s program included a tribute video, remarks from an array of individuals representing different aspects of the professor’s career and words from the entire Warnken family.

In 1973, Warnken came to the law school as an evening student after

having earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins in 1968 and several years abroad in the army. Shortly after completing his J.D. in 1977, Warnken was hired by the University as an adjunct law professor. After that he became a tenure-track professor, and the rest, as they say, is history. | 10 | Baltimore Law

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More than 40 years later, Warnken is still passionate about his work: “I love the law. I love ethics. I love learning . . . I have felt privileged to practice my avocation and my vocation in many courtrooms and venues, including the Supreme Court of the United States . . . but the place I have loved the most is in the classroom, and with all of the people in the University of Baltimore School of Law.”

ADAM RUTHER, J.D. ’08 at the May 3 event. Ruther is the co-author of the 2nd edition of Warnken’s three-volume treatise, Maryland’s Criminal Procedure. Ruther now sees Warnken’s motives behind what some students thought was madness. His zero tolerance for tardiness, for example, and his rule that students weren’t allowed to “pass” on tough questions, both anticipated a day when those same students would have clients. As an attorney, if you’re late or unprepared, it’s the person you represent that suffers. “More than anything else,” said Ruther, “what he taught us was to love the law. He taught us by example that it’s something worth being excited about . . . that it’s a noble thing to be a lawyer, that the law is a noble thing. But it only remains noble if we all rise to the ideals that it represents by being prepared and by being on time, by being ready to represent the person sitting next to us to the best of our ability.”


ost students were introduced to Professor Warnken on their first day of his Criminal Law class. “I remember him saying, ‘I’m going to throw you into 40 feet of water and those that sink, nobody’s saving you,’” says MARGARET MEAD, J.D. ’89. Laughing about it now, she admits she was terrified. “I was 29 years old. I’d been through a lot in my life. I’d lived all over the world and here is this man screaming at us and telling us that we’re gonna sink. ‘Most people sink.’ You’ve gotta be better than the average person to be able to float in that 40 feet of water.” A master of the socratic method, Warnken ran a strict and highly-interactive classroom. He demanded excellence, ensuring his course was many students’ hardest in their entire three years of law school.

“We start[ed] talking about the law, trying to find common ground. [He] starts telling me, ‘You should go to law school.’ I had no interest in going to law school,” Geraghty says decisively. “But Byron had already decided that I was going.” Over the next six months, over cigars and baseball games, Warnken argued his case. “And finally,” Geraghty says, “I was sick of it . . . I told Byron, ‘Look, I’ll take the LSAT. I’ll apply. If I get a scholarship, I’ll go. But if I don’t, you have to shut up and never mention this again.” Warnken won that bet. A year later, Geraghty found himself in the third row of his first Criminal Law class, wondering what he’d gotten himself into.


his love of the law that Warnken taught was not only inspiring — in many instances, it was life-changing. Such was the case for ANDREW GERAGHTY, J.D. ’14.

When asked about it now, Geraghty says, “I am really thankful to Byron for taking somebody like me who very reluctantly went to law school basically because I lost a bet. Now, I have a job that I absolutely love . . . the thing I was put on this Earth to do, and without Byron, I don’t know that I ever would’ve found that.”

A known cigar aficionado, Warnken came into the cigar shop where Geraghty

Geraghty’s story is one of literal thousands.


“What he taught us was less important than how he taught,” said

He dreamt of being a high school English teacher. 19 4 6

1946 – 1969

worked almost every day, and the men quickly became friends.

Byron was born on FEB. 15, 1946, to Virginia Renee and Gordon Warnken. His younger sister — Renee — was born in 1948.

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1960 In 1960, when Byron was 12, he was awarded a scholarship to the McDonogh School. He would spend the next six years at the private college preparatory school in Owing Mills, Maryland.

1964 Byron graduated from McDonogh in 1964 and received a partial scholarship to attend Johns Hopkins University.

1968 In 1968, Byron graduated from Johns Hopkins with a B.A. in English and a minor in history. He dreamt of being a high school English teacher, but was unable to secure a job teaching due to his draft eligibility. Instead, he took a job selling cookware and flatware to pay his student loans. On SEPT. 19, 1968, Byron met Bonnie Lee Angevine on the job, selling her an unfathomable amount of cookware, cutlery and mixing bowls. They had their first date two months later on NOV. 15.

Linda Lee Shields, J.D. ’88, Judge Robert Bell, Judge Arrie W. Davis, LL.B. ’69, and Sandra Ringgold

Judge Carey Deeley, J.D. ’79, and Tim Maloney, J.D. ’85

Students show off their Byron Warnken fans

Hundreds of alumni, faculty and staff, students, friends and family gathered on May 3, 2018 to celebrate the career of Byron L. Warnken. Heather Warnken

Byron L. Warnken, J.D. ’77, and H. Mebane Turner

He was stationed in the headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany.

Byron and Bonnie wed at Andrews Air Base. 1969 Four days after his first date with Bonnie, Byron received his draft notice and left on DEC. 3, 1968, for Army basic training in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Bonnie and Byron were engaged on FEB. 22, 1969, while Byron was home on a weekend pass. On SEPT. 20, 1969, Byron and Bonnie wed at Andrews Air Base and honeymooned in New York and New England.

On THANKSGIVING 1969, Byron flew to Frankfurt, Germany. He was stationed in the headquarters of the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany as a clerk typist to a lieutenant colonel. Bonnie joined him shortly thereafter to work as a civilian nurse in the 33rd Army Field Hospital.

When Byron’s Lt. Colonel boss managed to cancel orders for Byron to report to Vietnam, Byron got a job as a sports director of the American Youth Activities (AYA), which provided activities for the dependents of military personnel. He was promoted to director of AYA the following year. Fall 2018 | 13 |


ne reason Warnken has taken so many students under his wing dates back to his own student experience of failing to get the summer job he really wanted while clerking for the late Judge BASIL A. THOMAS, LL.B. ’35.

“I could not understand why — except maybe because I was too short” Warnken laughs. “I was told off the record that it was because those jobs go to people with connections. It was then that I decided that I was going to become the special interest group for those who had no special interest group.”

“And all of us did,” said Ruther.

As a mentor, Warnken shaped students’ futures as much, if not more, as he did in the classroom. “That’s something additional to being a teacher,” said Ruther. “Not only are you giving your knowledge, you’re giving your access. You’re stepping outside of your


To fill the gap that existed when he was a student was a great joy to Warnken: “This job, this law school, gave me the opportunity to be that connection [for our students]. It has been my privilege to do so.” When these students — or Warnkenites as they’ve become known — received his recommendation, they knew they needed to make Professor Warnken proud.

As a professor and mentor, Warnken went on to place thousands of students in judicial internships and clerkships, and in 1994 he officially created what we now call the Experience in Legal Organizations, or EXPLOR, program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary next year, EXPLOR provides opportunities for law students to gain real world experience the summer before their 2L year.


s a moot court coach and faculty adviser, Warken has also been credited with putting UB’s Moot Court program on the map.

G. RICHARD GRAY, J.D. ’83, was a member of the National Moot Court team during his law school years. Gray along with ERNEST A. ‘ERNIE’ CROFOOT, J.D. ’82 and W. ROGER TRUITT, J.D. ’82, formed the team that became known as The Boys Who Made the Noise. “I’ve never worked so hard in my life, and that was a result of Byron’s intensity,” recalls Gray. “We worked every day. We worked every Saturday. We worked most Sundays. And here we are a small commuter law school in Baltimore competing against what we called the big

boys — Georgetown University, George Washington, Yale, New York University — and we came through the regionals. At the final . . . there were over 137 law schools competing. We came in fifth. That was because of Byron.” With Warnken’s leadership, University of Baltimore played host to the Region III competition of the National Moot Court competitions for more than 15 years. Warnken officially handed over the moot court program to Professor John Bessler in 2015.


oming from a humble background, Warnken attended the McDonough School for Boys on scholarship. For that opportunity and others, he lived a life of immense gratitude. This came out not only in the lessons he taught his students, but according to his children, Byron and Heather, this was an important lesson in their home as well. “He demanded a lot from our studies,” recalled Heather in her remarks, “and, first and foremost, in the way that we treated others, especially those lacking the advantages that we had.” Anyone could see this in the way Warnken generously gave of his energy, time and resources, but also in the way he treated his students and clients, no matter what their background was.

Byron graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law Cum Laude in May 1977, and in October became the third UB law graduate ever selected for the IRS Chief Counsel’s Honor Program. 19 7 3

1973 – 1994

role in front of the classroom and going out into the world and trying to make opportunities for your students.”

On AUG. 16, 1973, Byron enrolled in the University of Baltimore School of Law. While in school, Byron was on Law Review and clerked for a Circuit Court judge. In his 3L year, he was elected president of the Student Bar Association and (with his partner) won the Moot Court Championship.

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197 7 Byron graduated from law school Cum Laude in MAY 1977, and in October became the third UB law graduate ever selected for the IRS Chief Counsel’s Honor Program. He then became an adjunct law professor at UB, teaching Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I and II.

197 8 On AUG. 21, 1978, Byron became a tenuretrack professor. On JULY 10, 1978, Byron and Bonnie welcomed their first child, a son, Byron Brandon Warnken.

198 0 In 1980, Byron launched a bar review course, using his own materials to prepare students for the Bar Exam.

“I love the search for truth in the hope of achieving equity and justice for all people, particularly those in difficult times,” says Warnken. Judge CHARLES DORSEY III, J.D. ’88, remembers seeing this side of Warnken when he was a student. “There weren’t many diverse students back in the early and mid 80s and so, you had your insecurities. [Professor Warnken] was somebody that you could talk to about your fears and insecurities. ‘Am I good enough?,’ ‘I don’t feel comfortable.’ He would listen, and then he’d take you by your hand, and walk you through that fear and that insecurity. Byron — Professor Warnken — one of his biggest attributes wasn’t just his passion, but his selfless service to his students, and to people he mentored, and to his clients as an attorney.” In the four decades Warnken worked at UB, he worked with countless other professors and deans on initiatives that would help to diversify the School of Law’s student population. “My father’s — to use a Warnkenism — ‘give a shit factor’ has literally changed thousands of lives,” Heather said. “It is a legacy that fills me with more pride than I could ever explain. It is an example that for the entirety of my life has filled me with a deep and

Three generations of Warnken men: Decker Warnken, Byron B. Warnken, J.D. ’04, and Byron L. Warnken, J.D. ’77.

urgent responsibility to be in service to others, to live and work for something much greater than myself.”

But how? How did one man accom-

Warnken’s son, also named Byron, spoke about the many ways he’s come to appreciate his father’s legacy, citing specifically the perspective that comes with sharing the name Byron Warnken as a practicing attorney in Baltimore.

multiple lifetimes of output into a

“I get some priceless reactions,” Byron said, “But it’s given me this look at the world, and at my father’s impact, that no one else can have . . . He was a giver; he was a teacher. He didn’t know how to do it differently. This was his gift, teaching.”

plish so much? “If you’re wondering how he’s fit single career, it’s because he literally spent it working double,” said Heather. “Simple math indicates that this can come at personal sacrifice, and it often did, to his rest.” But Warnken’s sacrifices never seemed to touch his students or those he loved most. “I didn’t get shortchanged because all you got so much,” said his son, Byron. “He taught me how to field

Byron won his first case in the Maryland Court of Appeals. 19 8 2 On MARCH 4, 1982, Byron and Bonnie welcomed their daughter, Heather.

1989 In the summer of 1989, Byron taught Comparative Criminal Justice to American and Scottish law students (including Bonnie) at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. In 1989, Byron won his first case in the Maryland Court of Appeals in a unanimous opinion.

1990 Bonnie graduated law school in 1990, and Byron and Bonnie opened the Law Office of Bonnie L. Warnken (renamed Warnken, LLC in 2002).

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“During this medical odyssey,” Bonnie said, “not surprisingly to all who know him, he never complained. He just got up every day and did the work to get better, grateful to be alive, and encouraged and helped by everyone.”

Bonnie L. Warnken, J.D. ’90 and Byron L. Warnken, J.D. ’77

Warnken did return to the law school in the fall of 2017, but he ultimately decided it was time to retire. Although his medical diagnosis was a large factor, it really came down to simple math. “What else for Byron but a numerical calculation?” Bonnie joked.

grounders. He taught me square roots. He taught me about the stock market. He taught me what it means to take care of a client. He taught me how to take care of my family; taught me what it means to be a man.” TIMOTHY F. ‘TIM’ MALONEY, J.D., ’85 offered his own take on Warnken’s tireless efforts: “The answer, of course, comes down to one word: love. Love of the law, love of this law school . . . but most of all, love of all of us, you and me.”


There are two reasons, Bonnie explained. One is of a medical nature, and the other, of course, comes down to numbers. In the spring of 2017, what started as an aggressive case of the flu led to a large inter-cranial bleed and a week in the ICU where the family prayed for the bleeding to stop. From there, Warnken began a five-week hospital stay and a summer of rehabilitation at the Sinai Return Program. In July of that same year, Warnken was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.


t the end of the evening, Warnken and his wife took to the stage to first address the one lingering question on many people’s minds: Why now?

Why has Byron L. Warnken decided to retire when he vowed never to leave the classroom?


he last word of the evening belonged to the honoree himself.

Warnken began as he always does — by thanking those who came before him. One of his biggest heroes has always been his mother, Virginia Renee Warnken. “My mother told me that I would never get in trouble by reading the job description broadly. I tried to remember

The University of Baltimore School of Law Moot Court Program was named after Byron. 19 9 4

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“We reminded him that every day of his life, he had burned the candle at both ends, up and at ’em at dawn, working long into the evening, showing up every day of his life for everyone who needed him. We reminded him that he was 71 years old, and effectively, that meant he had lived for over 140 years. And that meant that he should have retired at least 50 years ago.”

In 1994, Byron created the EXPLOR program which, to this day, guarantees legal experience with a judge or attorney for every student who has completed their first year of law school.

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1996 In 1996, Byron argued Maryland v. Wilson against then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Maryland General in the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

1999 In 1999, Byron and Bonnie established the Virginia Renee Warnken Scholarship at the University of Baltimore School of Law in honor of Byron’s mother.

2 0 0 8 In 2008, the University of Baltimore School of Law Moot Court Program was named after Byron. He directed the program from 1978 to 2015.



t the May 3 event, Warnken was presented with several additional honors and awards, including resolutions from the Maryland House and Senate and citations from Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recognizing his many years of dedication of teaching. Chief Judge Barbera also presented a resolution on behalf of the Maryland Judiciary that noted his many years as the director of judicial internships and the EXPLOR program. Over the entirety of his career, Warnken received many other awards. Here are just a few:

2000 | Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor of the Year

2013 | Faculty of the Year

Bar Association of Baltimore City

Black Law Students Association, UB School of Law

2006 | Maryland Champion for Crime Victims

1996 | Pete Laura Award for his

2013 | James C. May Mentor of the Year

2009 | Nancy Moran Award for steadfast

work representing the Maryland Troopers Association National Association of Police Organization

Student Bar Association, UB School of Law

services in the advancement of prisoners’ rights

2018 | Lifetime Achievements

2013 | Excellence in Mentoring

2000 | Excellence in Mentoring

UB School of Law UB Student Body

University System of Maryland Board of Regents

University System of Maryland Board of Regents

that every day. I think that she would be proud of me.” Warnken’s other mentors included the late Dean Joseph Curtis, Dean Lawrence M. Katz, President H. Mebane Turner, Francis J. Gorman, the late Honorable Basil A. Thomas, the Honorable Charlie Moylan and the late

Royal Graham Shannonhouse III, of whom

many have said Warnken was a protégé. “I have stood on the shoulders of giants,” Warnken said. “If there is one word that I have for this profession, for this community, for my students, it is gratitude. I thank God for all of this life and for all of you, and

for the deepest, most poignant memories that I shall cherish forever.” “To teach gives you the opportunity to touch a life forever,” Warnken said. “I hope I have done that in a positive way.” There aren’t words to explain the ways, or numbers to measure the people whose lives Warnken has

Byron retired from University of Baltimore. 2 01 2 Byron and Bonnie welcomed their first grandchild, Decker, on OCT. 23, 2012, and their second, Gibson, on JUNE 4, 2014.

2 0 1 3 In 2013, Byron published a three-volume treatise entitled Maryland Criminal Procedure. In 2015, G. Adam Ruther, J.D. ’08, became a co-author, and they published the 2013–15 supplement.

2 0 14 On DEC. 31, 2014, Byron sold Warnken, LLC to his son, Byron B. Warnken, J.D. ’04.

2 0 18 In FEB. 2018, Byron retired from University of Baltimore and in MARCH, he was named Professor Emeritus.

On MAY 3, 2018, the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Moot Courtroom was officially named the Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom. Fall 2018 | 17 |

touched. For 45 years, he has been a catalyst, profoundly altering the lives of generations of lawyers, judges and public servants. With emotion, Maloney spoke on behalf of many saying, “Thank you for being the person who changed everything, who changed the way we thought about the law, who changed the way we live the law, and even ultimately, who changed the way we lived our lives.” Warnken’s retirement is an important and bittersweet moment in the life of this law school, as most cannot remember a time in UB’s history before Byron L. Warnken. But with a legacy like his, there won’t ever really be a time after Byron L. Warken. Professor Jack Lynch said it best: “As long as there is a Baltimore in the name of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Byron is with us. And Byron, you may be sure my colleagues and I are with you.” Ruther concluded his own remarks with an anecdote about Professor Shannonhouse. He recalled that at an event honoring the late professor, Shannonhouse looked around at his own former students and colleagues who had gathered to honor him, and said, ‘You are my monument.’ ” Looking around at his fellow Warnkenites filling the Moot Courtroom that May evening, Ruther said, “Professor Warnken, we are your monument. But, unlike most monuments that are built for the honoree, it is you who have built us.” As the next generation of teachers, students and alumni walk past the letters marking the Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom, let them serve as a reminder of the impact a single person can make in the lives of others and the change one can ignite beyond the doors of the Angelos Law Center in the world.

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Byron L. Warnken Moot Courtroom DONOR LIST For the last several years, the University of Baltimore School of Law has led a campaign to name the law school’s moot courtroom in honor of Warnken. To date, the campaign has raised more than $800,000. At Byron’s request, all money raised in his honor will support student scholarships and other needs of the law school.

$50,000+ Friends of Professor Emeritus Byron Warnken Jonathan H. Shoup Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg Brian J. Frank The Herbert N. Gundersheimer Foundation, Inc. Neil J. Ruther Anonymous

$25,000 –$49,999 Friends of Professor Byron Warnken Timothy F. Maloney Margaret A. Mead Patricia and Roger Truitt and Kim Turco

$10,000 –$24,999 Friends of Treatise Author Byron Warnken Clifton L. Brown Jr. and Carol Ann Brown Chasen Boscolo Kevin B. Collins Michael G. Gallerizzo Kenneth O. and Felice Hassan Hermina Law Group Smith, Gildea & Schmidt LLC James A. Vidmar Jr. Byron Brandon Warnken Ronald Weich and Julie Stewart

$5,000 – $9,999 Friends of Award-Winning Mentor Byron Warnken Lesley Atkins and Bill Atkins The Boys Who Made the Noise (Ernest A. Crofoot, G. Richard Gray, and W. Roger Truitt) Karis Evans Brown and Neal M. Brown John A. Currier Kathleen and Gerard Evans William T. Fryer III Alan, Ilene, Maury and Herb Garten Gilman & Bedigian, LLC Law Offices of Harvey Greenberg McGuire Woods, LLP Sayra Wells Meyerhoff

Anonymous Paula J. Peters Jennifer J. Stearman Venable LLP

$2,500–$4,999 Friend of EXPLOR Program Creator Byron Warnken Anonymous Nathaniel C. Fick Jr. Marc. A Hurwitz Miller & Zois, LLC Richard J. Osterman Jr. Charles A. Rees Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Armand J. Volta Jr. Olive and Thomas Waxter III Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP William K. Wilburn Wayne M. Willoughby

$1,000–$2,499 Friend of Moot Court Coach Byron Warnken John C. M. Angelos Ilene A. Bailey Russell P. Butler Kathleen M. Cahill Virginia Rafalko Canter and Douglas Canter Martin J. Collins Donald Daneman Hon. C. Carey Deeley Jr. Frost & Associates Felecia L. Greer Grossbart, Portney & Rosenberg, P.A. Robert H. Hitchcock King & King Kollman & Saucier, P.A. Kramon & Graham, P.A. Steven L. Kreseski Law Office of John B. Bartkowiak Law Offices of Thomas M. Donnelly Jaime Lee Michelle M. Martz Miles & Stockbridge PC Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP Nusinov Smith LLP Stuart C. Resnick

Vicki Schultz Frank W. Spector Marie Van Deusen and Joseph S. Lyons Susan B. Watson Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

$500 –$999 Friends of Bar Prep Guru Byron Warnken Heather M. Arbogast L. Anthony Casalena George M. Church Robert D. Cole Jr. David M. Connelly DLA Piper Richard J. Goodall Francis J. Gorman Jeff Griffith William R. Hall Michael J. Hayes Matthew G. Huddle Robert H. Lande Law Office of Neil Bixler Law Office of Scott Alan Morrison Heidi L. Levine Bryan Mager Bradley A. Marcus Kathleen Howard Meredith David Mitchell Niles, Barton & Wilmer LLP James J. Nolan Jr. Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP William F. Ryan Jr. Adam T. Simons Donald H. Stone Angela M. Vallario Hon. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. Barbara Ann White Judith A. Wood

$250–$499 Friends of Byron Warnken, Class of 1977 John Bessler Wilbur W. Bolton III Dennis E. Boyle Anonymous David Daneman Claudia A. Diamond Eric B. Easton John and Nancy Gardner Michele E. Gilman

Lawrence S. Greenberg Alison F. Jeanes Ioana Kastellorizios Laurence M. Katz Brian J. Kelly Dionne L. Koller Dominic A. Lancelotta Law Offices of Markey & Orsi Hon. Daniel M. Long Elizabeth M. Lutz Kenneth G. Macleay Danielle Grilli Marcus Jane C. Murphy James M. Nichols OttLaw Christopher J. Peters J. William Pitcher Arthur A. Renkwitz Jr. and Jane F. Coffey Ria P. Rochvarg and Arnold Rochvarg Oren D. Saltzman Paul M. Sandler Peter S. Saucier Scherr, Cole & Murphy Donna and John W. Sieverts Hon. Alexandra N. Williams Vernon H. C. Wright

up to $249 Friends of Byron! Alexandra H. Adkins Donald L. Allewalt Jr. Frank Angevine Balagan Arumugaswamy Kwame Asafo-Adjei David P. Ash Jessica R. Ayers Barbara A. Babb and Peter Toran Rebecca S. Bainum Lawrence E. Ballantine Hon. Jean S. Baron Michael Barranco Denise Barrett John B. Barry Andrew C. Barth and S. Toba Dopkin Barth John B. Bartkowiak Jr. Clarence W. Beall III Hon. Louis A. Becker III Hon. Robert M. Bell John E. Beverungen Eric M. Bielitz Bill Bamonto Insurance Agency Inc. Helen Blackwell Linda B. Blumner Hon. M. William Boller Richard V. Boswell H. Dean Bouland Hon. David A. Boynton and Lynn C. Boynton Laura I. Brokaw Renee E. Brooks Joan S. Brown and Brian S. Brown Fred B. Brown Kathleen C. Buckley William F. Burnham

Katherine B. Burrows Hon. John Carroll Byrnes Josh Caplan Hon. David E. Carey Joseph I. Cassilly Phyl and Howard Cherry Mary Claire Chesshire Stanley M. Cieplak Meredith M. Cipriano James A. Close Phillip J. Closius Ellen Z. Cohill Quincy L. Coleman Michael G. Comeau Eric B. Compton Anthony J. Covacevich James P. Covey Michael E. Cross Isabel M. Cumming Marsha Danick Tami P. Daniel Gloria Danziger James J. Dawson Richard J. de Seve Frank T. Despot Robert A. Diem Christina M. Donald Christopher G. and Linda V. Donhauser Hon. Charles H. Dorsey III Alan R. Engel Mark Alan Epstein, P.A. Masoumeh Farashahi Hubert W. Farrell Brittany Favazza Howard and Ellen Feldman Jerry Fenzel Alyssa Fieo Barbara and Jim Fischer Renee L. C. Fleisher Latoya A. Francis-Williams Jeb S. Fries Anthony R. Gallagher Scott R. Gallant Shirley A. Gardner and David E. Gardner Stephen B. Gerald Hon. Jeffrey S. Getty Stuart R. Goldberg Michael R. Goldstein Merry Goodenough Edwin R. Goodlander Gordon Feinblatt LLC Leslie Gradet R. Scott Graham Dayna R. Green David A. Greenbaum Lynn K. Griffith Leslie Gross Nienke Grossman Steven P. Grossman Edward B. Hall Jordan M. Halle Elizabeth A. Hambrick-Stowe Chris Hart Carol and Darrell Hastings Cassandra Jones Havard

Marianne Schmitt Hellauer and Robert E. Hellauer Craig B. Heron F. Michael Higginbotham Mark W. Hoerner Marc E. Hoffman Hon. Ellen Hollander Allen E. Honick Joseph Hovermill Kevin G. Hroblak Sean P. Hughes Charles J. Iseman Candace N. Jaimes Jean Roger Buchen Attorney at Law Alice Jennings Colleen R. Jones Michelle M. Junot Martha T. Kahlert and George H. Kahlert Sr. Hon. Joseph H. H. Kaplan J. Michael Keegan Kevin J. Kelehan C. Hope Keller T. Brendan Kennedy Elizabeth Keyes Rima A. Kikani Isaac L. Klein Mark A. Kozlowski James P. Krawczyk Jr. Lori A. Kroll Linda Lahey Douglas C. Lauenstein Jennifer R. Lazenby Catherine S. Leidemer Anne C. Leitess William R. Levasseur Douglas W. List George Lynch Jack Lynch Robert W. Lynch Sally L. Maher Christine A. Malanga Georganne K. Mallas Stephen A. Markey III Hugh B. McClean Matthew D. McKenzie Brandon R. Mead Dean E. Merritt Leslie S. Metzger Joseph J. Mezzanotte Jr. Charles Michaels Hon. John P. Miller Edward M. Miller and Kelly W. Miller Mia F. Mimms Douglas Mintz Melvin Mintz The Morin Law Firm Marcia L. Moylan Lee Naas Michael R. Naccarto Kimberly H. Neal Lynn M. Nixon Alicia Ann O’Brien Shavaun O’Brien Herbert R. O’Conor III Michael P. O’Day

Ilene J. Oken Linda Sorg Ostovitz Tracey L. Parker-Warren Jeanette Glose Partlow and Ralph V. Partlow III Bradford Peabody James A. Pederson Loreto R. Pettini Thomas S. Pilkerton III Chin-Zen L. Plotner Adeen Postar Gerardo Puig Christopher R. Rahl Robertson & Robertson, PA James S. Robertson and Laura E. Robertson Kathryn A. Rookes Michael J. Rosemond Michael B. Rynd Elizabeth J. Samuels and Ira A. Burnim Gordana Schifanelli Josh E. Schmerling Laurie B. Schnitzer Erica Schultz Bryan W. Scott Hon. R. Dirk Selland Mortimer N. Sellers Semmes, Bowen & Semmes Dennis J. Shaffer Kevin Shea Hon. Scott D. Shellenberger Sheri Hoidra Law Office, LLC Linda Lee Shields Ilona Shparaga Robin Silver-Goldberg Hon. Frederic N. Smalkin Nancy A. Smith Laurie N. Solomon and Richard E. Solomon Kevin M. Soper Lisa Sparks Paul D. Starr Randall M. Taradash Philip F. Toohey Frederick A. Torney H. Mebane Turner Gerald W. Vahle Dan Valentine Hon. Melanie A. Vaughn Benjamin O. Weathers Jennifer K. Weinel Hon. Pamela J. White Kaitlin R. Zarro Jeffrey L. Zavrotny Alan S. Zipp M. Trent Zivkovich We greatly appreciate each gift given in honor of Professor Byron Warnken. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this listing. If you discover any inaccuracies or omissions, please contact Michelle Junot, director of alumni relations, at 410.837.4142 or Fall 2018 | 19 |

Alumni Share Their Perspectives


The Unique Path of

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL They’re not the legal questions, strictly speaking. Not the ethics questions, or questions about how lawyers do their work. But they are important questions that any alumnus of the University of Baltimore School of Law will ask, over and over during the course of his or her career: What kind of law do I want to practice? What am I good at, where do I want to go and how do I build my career in that sweet spot?


or three UB alumni, the answer may be surprising. Each of them entered the world of corporate counsel, jumping in with enthusiasm to a side of the practice that can be remarkably different in scope, intensity and expectations than virtually any other part of the profession. Each has achieved significant success, and each credits their UB experience with providing them with many of the essentials they need in their positions every day. Talk to any of them — and any of the dozens of other alumni who have taken up this role — and you’ll find a consistent message: This is the kind of law I want to practice. It’s a big step, a major change from working solo or for a law firm — but I love the challenge, and I’m thriving in it. To understand the work of a top corporate attorney, and specifically, the attorney who is truly “of counsel” to a firm’s CEO, CFO, etc., it helps to consider the career path as a whole. First, the field is large enough to support its own professional group — the Association of Corporate Counsel, “the in-house bar association for professional corporate counsel who practice in legal departments globally.” More than 35,000 members belong to the ACC; 10,000+ organizations are represented in its ranks. This growth has taken place, according to the association, in less than 40 years. And it’s not the only one out there. Clearly, the idea of having a lawyer inside the business is a good one. Then there is the definition of the term itself: A corporate counselor, especially at the senior level, is always in-house, always a part of the organization’s leadership team, and, consistently, is integral to that organization’s decision-making process and direction. Privately held or publicly traded, for-profit or non-, an organization is stating its values right

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up front when it includes a lawyer working full-time for its interests. “Some of UB’s most successful graduates have chosen to practice law inside companies, where they are part of a team helping their business to grow and thrive,” says Ronald Weich, dean of the UB School of Law. “Of all the alumni I meet, corporate lawyers have some of the highest levels of professional satisfaction. They are problem solvers, strategists, managers — and best of all they don’t have to bill hours.” As vice president and general counsel at GEICO, HANK NAYDEN, J.D., ’91, says there are clear lines of distinction between being an attorney in a private firm and being general counsel to a company or corporation. It takes a special kind of lawyer to live up to the responsibilities of steering a company through its own particular legal and ethical shoals. In the highly-regulated insurance industry, Nayden says, “general counsel attorneys are focused on a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues. Our GC attorneys also handle employment matters, non-claims related litigation, contracts and they field questions regarding an assortment of insurance and corporate governance issues. “I think most in-house attorneys are business law generalists who are able to address a variety of corporate legal questions. As their careers progress, they usually develop a particular area of expertise, e.g., employment law or complex class action litigation, and that gives them the opportunity to become a problem solver for their corporate clients.” Nayden places a good deal of emphasis on attitude when talking about what it takes to succeed in the corporate legal environment.


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“Corporate attorneys are often required to parse complex ethical questions, and without a strong moral compass an attorney’s ability to properly advise corporate clients is limited,” he says, noting that collegiality serves as an effective way to both solve problems and maintain perspective. “If you are constantly in situations where you feel the need to be the smartest person in the room, stop,” he says. “And stop thinking that it’s you who is responsible for every success or that someone else must be responsible for failures. Your team should always get the credit for the wins and you should always take the blame for the losses.” For MERYL BURGIN, J.D. ’87, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, the essential thing to know about the career is encompassed by that one word: team. In a given day (and night!), the corporate attorney can expect to work on virtually anything that the business touches. For her, that includes government regulations, finance, customer service, contracts, sales and marketing and the company’s nonprofit mission. But the role demands an emphasis on teamwork. “I have 19 lawyers among the 200 people I supervise,” Burgin says, “so I have a small law firm, so to speak. There’s no doubt that because the lawyers we hire have the foundation of a firm or the attorney general’s office, they have an easier time assimilating. They understand the business side, the regulation side. We work together. People [in the corporate counsel role] have to decide that this is what they want. It’s

Hank Nayden, J.D. ’91

Meryl Burgin, J.D. ’87

not about making partner. But we have tiers, and what those tiers can get you — independence, a specialized client area, and so on.” Burgin started out as a middle school teacher but morphed into a lawyer with an aim to fight for the rights of teachers and students with special needs. She started out working in labor and employment law for a private firm, then moved on to an ever-widening portfolio after arriving at CareFirst in 1990. “I expanded and stretched from there.” And make no mistake — it does require stretching. It’s a “days and nights” existence for any effective GC leader. “The days of working eight hours are gone. You have to stay engaged — check your phone, nights and weekends, do some work after the kids are in bed,” she says.

Rising in the Ranks: Emerging Leaders


awyers are problem solvers, right? That’s a fair assumption — but it would be overreaching to believe that lawyers always solve problems through litigation. Just ask NICHOLAS HAWKINS, J.D. ’15, assistant counsel to Under Armour, Inc. He’ll tell you that lawyers who work inside companies, large and small, must understand that their purpose is to take on problems using a range of strategies and tactics. “The skills that are needed to serve as corporate counsel are similar to those needed in private practice. Lawyers are problem solvers, so finding a way to solve a client’s problems is probably the most fundamental skill a lawyer can have,” he says. “Learning how to recognize when a business solution is needed instead of, or in conjunction with, a legal solution is important.” Along the way toward a solution, Hawkins says, in-house attorneys learn that their communication skills — vital in any setting — are subject to some revisions. “I think most law students develop a very formal approach to writing when they leave law school. I certainly did. As a lawyer for a company, I’ve learned that business conversation is very different from ‘legal lingo,’ and, in many ways, much more collaborative and relaxed. Appropriately tailoring both verbal and

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written communication to the business client is crucial to deliver effective recommendations.” Hawkins notes that, unlike some others from UB who have entered the corporate counsel side in an evolutionary way, he changed course soon after graduation. Originally, he planned to specialize in plaintiff’s asbestos work. But with a persistent idea that he was going to end up doing something different, he edged into the corporate world. Networking, pursuing an MBA while in his final year at UB, and always keeping both hats — business and law — at the ready: These attributes brought him to Under Armour’s doorstep, where he now focuses on international trademark prosecution and enforcement as well as marketing and advertising compliance matters. Still, his experience stands out, for a variety of reasons. Hawkins notes all the positives necessary to work as corporate counsel, people skills and the rest. But what are some things that a good corporate attorney shouldn’t do? What raises a red flag for you and your bosses? “Attorneys love to respond to questions with ‘it depends,’ which I’ve learned, can aggravate someone trying to get a clear, actionable response,” he says. “Even if my recommendation is

“I have a drive to help others and have always been drawn to the nonprofit world as a volunteer. ... I thought I was 1,000 percent sure about private practice. But the Children’s Guild made perfect sense.” Kimberly Neal, J.D. ’07

—Kimberly Neal

“Organize your time and your work product. It’s important to be honest and transparent with your business clients to build integrity and trust. A ‘fake it ’til you make it’ attitude can jeopardize this. I encourage our attorneys to admit when they don't know the answer to a question — but it's equally important to quickly complete the necessary research and provide a timely follow-up.” KIMBERLEY NEAL, J.D. ’07, may have a particularly insightful and slightly different way of looking at the role of the corporate counselor. Until 2017, she was following the well-trod path of so many of her fellow UB alumni: Do well in school; get a good internship in a courtroom and/or a law office; land a job in private practice and start building up that client base. Then, once you’re established, climb the ladder inside the firm, be a working litigator and eventually make partner.

‘no,’ I have to find creative ways to get to ‘yes,’ or offer an alternative to help the business move forward.” In this back-and-forth, he says, it’s easy to forget that while your role in the corporate structure is key, business is, well, business. Associate general counsel for Allegis Group, a global staffing and recruitment company, TAREN BUTCHER, J.D. ’07, agrees, “You have to be able to have that tough conversation with your leaders. Sometimes it’s giving them news they don’t want to hear. But you’re able to do it, and you know how to maintain a good rapport.” Butcher, who serves on the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, now leverages her previous eight years handling employment law and commercial litigation matters to examine the business with a critical eye. Now, she’s supporting them as they strengthen their market position and boost sales. “Over time, I find that I’m becoming more confident and more strategic in my thinking.” “There have been a few times where I’ve provided guidance and the business has decided to go another direction,” she says. “I don’t take it personally. I provide a service to the company based on my expertise, and as long as I’ve explained the risks and rewards of a matter, I’ve done my job.”

Neal’s insight comes from having worked in that direction for three firms over nearly 10 years. But at a key point in her career, when expectations were on the rise that she would be in private practice for life, she changed direction. In 2017, she moved into the in-house counsel role for a nonprofit with a rapidly expanding portfolio — The Children’s Guild, a historic organization serving children and youth who have experienced trauma or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities. With 11 programs ranging from special education schools to behavioral health services, the organization brought in Neal as its first in-house attorney. Neal's expertise is needed for contracts, subpoenas, document requests, confidentiality issues and employment matters. The decision changed her life, for the better, and undoubtedly it strengthened the organization in both its perspective and capabilities. “I’m an advocate,” Neal says. “I have a drive to help others and have always been drawn to the nonprofit world as a volunteer. I had a child and a family, and my skillset is in building relationships. I know that about myself. But at some point, I was looking at work-life balance issues. I thought I was 1,000 percent sure about private practice. But the Children’s Guild made perfect sense.” “Get out there and practice, really hone in and find your skillset. Over time, you’ll be able to ask yourself that question: ‘What am I good at?’ Then you can think about your path.” That path might lead to the courthouse. For some, it’s the corporate suite. Wherever it leads, it’s yours to earn.

Nicholas Hawkins, J.D. ’15

Taren Butcher, J.D. ’07

“I provide a service to the company based on my expertise, and as long as I’ve explained the risks and rewards of a matter, I’ve done my job.”

—Taren Butcher

“Your business skills just get better, even when they’re good right out of the gate,” she says. “You’re managing risk, and you’re learning more about the company.” Well said — as you’d expect from any lawyer, corporate or otherwise, educated at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Fall 2018 | 23 |

alumni activities Calling All Alumni: The School of Law Establishes the University of Baltimore Law Alumni Association


As the official alumni association of the law school, UBLAA will pursue the twin goals of strengthening the law school’s relationship with the entire alumni community and providing occasions for all alumni to connect with each other in professional and social settings.

n 2016, a group of recent graduates of the University of Baltimore School of Law formed the Young Lawyers Alumni Council (YLAC). Their goal was to provide a way for young alumni to maintain connections they built during law school, while fostering new connections among alumni of all ages. In the spring of 2018, YLAC became the University of Baltimore Law Alumni Association (UBLAA) — the official alumni association of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

To learn more or get involved, visit or email us at



he Dean’s Development Circle supports and advises the work of the Dean of the School of Law to provide missionbased leadership focused on fundraising.  

Circle Members CLIFTON L. BROWN, J.D. ’78   BARRY M. CHASEN, J.D. ’80 ChasenBoscolo NATHANIEL C. FICK, J.D. ’75, Chair Fick & May HERBERT S. GARTEN, A.B.A. ’53  Fedder & Garten, P.A.               LAWRENCE S. GREENBERG, J.D. ’94 Greenberg Law Offices GEORGE W. HERMINA, J.D. ’90  The Hermina Law Group

SAYRA WELLS MEYERHOFF, J.D. ’78, M.S. ’04         STEVE SILVERMAN, J.D. ’91  Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC  MARIE VAN DEUSEN, J.D. ’89   Morgan Stanley       LAURA ZOIS, J.D. ’95       Miller & Zois

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Looking back on 40 years of law practice and marriage, three children, and nine grandchildren, UB School of Law gave me the ability to craft a life I am pleased with and proud of. None of us get to wherever we are without the caring and help of others. We must give back, to always be there for others — as mentors, consultants, and when you can — providing financial support. We are expanding the Dean’s Development, whose role is to support and advise the Dean of the Law School and the Director of Alumni Relations to provide mission-based leadership. If you are passionate about the University of Baltimore School of Law as an anchor institution in Baltimore, and wish to have a direct, positive impact on legal education, I welcome your call.” —Nathaniel C. ‘Neil’ Fick, J.D. ’75


Chair of Dean’s Development Circle

To learn more about any of our alumni groups, please contact Director of Alumni Relations MICHELLE JUNOT at or 410.837.4142.  



We are excited to transition the focus of the Alumni network from younger alumni to the entire UB School of Law alumni contingent. Serving as leaders in this organization is one of the many ways we can give back to the school that has already given so much to each of us.” —Nicholas Hawkins, J.D. ’15, Chair; and Ryan Horka, J.D. ’15, Past-Chair

Law School Advisory Board Members 












RONALD W. PARKER, B.S. ’69, J.D. ’73


HON. CHARLES A. RUPPERSBERGER III, J.D. ’70, LL.D ’99 (honorary)





STEPHEN L. SNYDER, A.A. ’67, J.D. ’70



JAMES A. ‘JIM’ VIDMAR JR., J.D. ’80, Chair


DC Alumni Chapter

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he DC Alumni Chapter is a group of law alumni working or living in and around Washington, D.C. that aims to provide networking and social opportunities for alumni, faculty and students in Washington, D.C.

We have many alumni in Washington, DC working in law firms, federal government, and politics that appreciate their top notch education from UB School of Law. One of our goals in the DC chapter is to help students become plugged in to the Washington legal community, and to also create networking opportunities for alumni who are already part of it.” —Leah Dempsey, J.D. ’10, DC Alumni Chapter Chair

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alumni activities Photos from 2nd Annual Law Alumni Awards Banquet, Nov. 2017


n Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, alumni gathered at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor hotel for the 2nd

Annual Alumni Awards Banquet. The following alumni were honored at the event: KATHERINE A. ‘KATIE’ DORIAN, J.D. ’13, HEIDI L. LEVINE, J.D. ’95, HON. DANIEL M. LONG, J.D. ’74, and AMES P. ‘JIM’ NOLAN, J.D. ’74.

Photos from 2nd Annual Law Alumni Awards Banquet, courtesy of Sam Dupervil

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the University of Baltimore School of Law’s 3RD ANNUAL LAW ALUMNI AWARDS BANQUET on May 16, 2019.

Tickets and more information at LAW.UBALT.EDU/ALUMNI

alumni notes

Baltimore Law aims to keep you up to date on news from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Alumni are encouraged to send their news to

1960s HON. GERARD F. DEVLIN, J.D. ’69, a retired District Court judge, witnessed the swearing in of his granddaughter, Kathleen Seifert, J.D. ’17 as a member of the Bar in December 2017 at the Court of Appeals.

1970s STUART J. ROBINSON, J.D. ’74, was awarded the Worldwide Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who in September 2017. NATHANIEL C. ‘NEIL’ FICK JR., J.D. ’75, shifted to full-time mediation and alternative dispute resolution after 42 years of civil litigation, training at Pepperdine Law Straus Dispute Resolution Center. He was recently recertified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was first certified as a civil trial specialist in 1995. ALAN JACOBS, J.D. ’75, has been an adjunct professor of law in the LL.M. and J.D. programs at American University’s Washington College of Law for eight years (including a two-year sabbatical as a guest lecturer in University of Maryland’s MBA program). ELLEN CALLAHAN, J.D. ’77, published a new novel, Plowed Over: On the Wing, in August 2018. Plowed Over is the sequel to her first book, No Brakes: On the Wing (May 2015).

1980s KEVIN D. THOMAS, J.D. ’84, was appointed senior vice president, Florida state manager and counsel for Agents National Title Insurance in January 2018.

MELANIE C. PEREIRA, B.S. ’77, J.D. ’87, joined The Lisa Mathena Group of PattersonSchwartz Real Estate as a sales associate. MARGARET ‘PEGGY’ KING, J.D. ’89, was named to the Baltimore County Human Relations Commission for a two-year term beginning December 2017.

1990s DAVID W. LEASE, J.D. ’91, was appointed to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County by Governor Larry Hogan in December 2017. Lease is a founding member and shareholder at Smith, Lease & Goldstein and previously worked at Stein Sperling and Gordon Feinblatt. He also served as outside counsel to the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors. IRA S. RAINESS, J.D. ’92, was appointed president of Alliance MMA, Inc. in February 2018. MICHELLE M. ALEXANDER, J.D. ’93, was elected to a three-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Educators Association. ISABEL M. CUMMING, M.B.A. ’89, J.D. ’93, was appointed to serve as the Inspector General for Baltimore City in December 2017. JONATHAN L. GOLD, J.D. ’93, joined Michael Best’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. He will focus his practice on complex financial restructuring matters, as well as creditors’ rights litigation.

HON. KAREN R. KETTERMAN, J.D. ’93, was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to the District Court for Talbot County in April 2018. JASON KLITENIC, J.D. ’93, was named general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He was previously the first deputy general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security and the deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. HON. BRETT R. WILSON, J.D. ’93, was appointed to the Washington County Curcuit Court bench. CAROLINE D. CIRAOLO, LL.M. ’94, was hired by University of Baltimore School of Law to teach Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Tax Crimes, a course that is part of the law school’s graduate tax program. Ciraolo is the former head of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. NANCY J. EGAN, J.D. ’94, took a position as State Government Relations Counsel for Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina with the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. ERIC N. SCHLOSS, J.D. ’94, practices personal injury law in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., representing only plaintiffs and claimants. Previously the Law Offices of Lee Saltzberg, his firm Saltzberg & Schloss is located in Towson. DAVID J. SHUSTER, J.D. ’94, a principal at Kramon & Graham, was recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers 2018 for his work in business litigation, construction litigation: business, and personal injurygeneral: plaintiff. He has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2009. Shuster was also elected to the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Board of Directors in September 2017. NANCY A. SMITH, J.D. ’94, was promoted to senior vice president and senior counsel for corporate, securities and finance law for Lincoln Financial Group in August 2018.

BRIAN P. STRONG, J.D. ’94, joined the Mount St. Marys University Pre-Law Advisory Board in May 2018. SCOTT S. BAKER, B.S. ’90, J.D. ’95, was confirmed by the city council as the new Annapolis police chief. Baker has been deputy chief for the Annapolis Police Department since 2008 and served as interim chief beginning in Feb. 2017. RONALD A. ‘RON’ HOLINSKY, J.D. ’96, was promoted to senior vice president and senior counsel for funds management and investments law for Lincoln Financial Group in August 2018. JOHN C. MCMEEKIN II, J.D. ’96, was elected vice chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) at the ABA TIPS Midyear Meeting. His term began August 2018. GENE M. RANSOM III, J.D. ’96, was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly Compensation Commission to serve a four-year term. Ransom is one of the president of the Senate’s selections for the commission. RISE L. FLENNER, J.D. ’97, joined PBMares as the director of succession planning in April 2018. 1ST LT. CONSTANCE A. ST. GERMAIN, J.D. ’97, was named Capella University’s new chief academic officer and vice president of Academic Affairs in October 2017. JENNIFER J. HAMMOND B.A ’93, MBA ’98, J.D. ’98, was appointed co-chair of the Lee County Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Practice Section in May 2018. TERRENCE J. ARTIS, J.D. ’99, received The Daily Record’s 2018 Leadership in Law Award. He is the assistant general counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. DAVID P. ASH, J.D. ’99, was named the deputy state’s attorney for the Anne Arundel County Office of the State’s Attorney in February 2018.

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MELISSA M. BOYD, J.D. ’99, was re-appointed to the Board of Directors for the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP) for a three-year term.

NEIL E. SNYDER, J.D. ’03, was honored as the Naples Daily News Marco Island Citizen of the Year for 2017, with the emphasis on the good works he has done out in the community.


KATRINA J. DENNIS, J.D. ’04, was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

PATRICIA M. MUHAMMAD, J.D. ’00, published a new research paper entitled ‘The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade’s Vestiges: Exploring Proposed Forms of Restitution 2016’, in Volume 2, Issue. 2 of the International Social Science Review Art. 2 (2017). She also became a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar in November 2017. AMY E. ASKEW, J.D. ’01, a principal at Kramon & Graham, was recognized by Maryland Super Lawyers 2018 for her work in civil litigation and professional liability. Askew has appeared in the directory every year since 2009. JENNIFER L. MATTHEWS, J.D. ’01, was named the assistant state’s attorney for Harford County in September 2017. ARYAN KUSHAN, J.D. ’02, is now the associate registrar for exams and grades at the Georgetown University Law Center. DR. KENDRA V. JOHNSON, J.D. ’03, became Montclair public school district’s first AfricanAmerican superintendent in its 144-year history in May 2018.

BIANCA M. LANSDOWN, J.D. ’04, was elected counsel at the global law firm Baker McKenzie in Feb. 2018. DEAN E. MERRITT, J.D. ’04, joined The Growth Coach of Greater Baltimore as their business development and operations strategist. He works with business owners, law firms and sales teams to help grow their businesses. He also volunteers as a mentor with the UB Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. WILLIAM F. BURNHAM, J.D. ’05, was appointed an administrative law judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings for the State of Maryland in January 2018. AARON DAVID KEEHNER, J.D. ’06, was sworn in as the managing commissioner of the 12th District Court of Maryland in July 2018. JOSEPH S. JOHNSTON, J.D. ’07, has rejoined the firm of Morgan Carlo Downs, PA as an associate.

TED DUNLAP, J.D. ’08, general counsel for RTI Forensics, was elected to the Board of the Aviation Insurance Association as director-elect of the attorney division. AIA is an international, not-forprofit association dedicated to expanding the knowledge of and promoting the general welfare of the aviation insurance industry. GLEN E. FROST J.D. ’08, LL.M. ’09, was included in Marquis Who’s Who. RYAN A. MITCHELL, J.D. ’08, a principal at Kramon & Graham, has been recognized as a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers 2018 for his work in business litigation. Mitchell has been selected to appear in the directory every year since 2015.

ABDU MUBANGIZI LL.M. ’11, has been working with the Internal Revenue Service since November 2011. He first worked as a tax examiner (2011–16), and now works as a paralegal specialist IRS Office of Chief Counsel. DIVYA POTDAR, J.D. ’11, left Wise Law to start her own practice, the Baltimore-based Diva Law LLC. CHERYL A. JONES, B.A. ’97, J.D. ’12, was elected member of Pessin Katz Law. She is part of the firm’s wealth preservation group. BRIAN C. THOMPSON, J.D. ’12, was appointed assistant general counsel of Merkle Inc. in June 2017. BRANDON S. BUTLER, J.D. ’13, was named Alleghany County administrator in March 2018.

OSASU Z. DORSEY, J.D. ’09, accepted a counsel position with the United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics.

RICHARD L. ADAMS III, J.D. ’16, is now an associate attorney at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP. His focus is in estates and trusts.


MAAME A. AMPONSAH, J.D. ’16, accepted a position as associate counsel at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP.

LEAH C. DEMPSEY, J.D. ’10, joined ACA International as vice president and senior counsel of Federal Advocacy. JUDSON R. ARNOLD, J.D. ’11, married Anne Hughes Fallon in Baltimore in December 2017.

BRIANNE N. LANSINGER, J.D. ’16, joined the Maryland office of Cole Schotz P.C. as an associate in the bankruptcy Department. PHILIP S. SHRIVER, J.D. ’16, joined BWW Law Group, LLC in May 2018.

in memoriam Domenic P. Altomare, J.D. ’73

Michael F. Delea Jr., LL.B. ’60

John W. Landrum, J.D. ’88

Bernice E. Restivo, A.A. ’57, J.D. ’65

Melvyn J. Andrews, J.D. ’64

Carmen F. Deyesu, LL.B. ’67

Hon. Eugene M. Lerner, J.D. ’54

Temma L. Schaller, J.D. ’87

Rebecca Gage Bailey, J.D. ’02

Sasha L. Digges Sr., LL.B. ’65

Hon. Dana M. Levitz, J.D. ’73

Sidney Schlachman, J.D. ’51

Donna C. Baust, B.A. ’09, J.D. ’12

Hon. Gary G. Everngam, J.D. ’76

Elmer F. Marousek Jr., J.D. ’62

Robert A. Sherrock, J.D. ’74

Donald L. Beekman, J.D. ’75

Harold Gavaris, J.D. ’58

Melanie L. McCollum, J.D. ’94

Raymond M. Sillup, LL.B. ’62

Robert H. Brawley, J.D. ’91

Lauren Sfekas Godwin, J.D. ’81

Herschel D. Milliken, J.D. ’79

John P. Sluss, J.D. ’63

Wallace C. Brenton III, J.D. ’70

Andrew A. Goletz, J.D. ’67

David G. Mock, LL.B. ’55

Betty S. Brody, J.D. ’78

Thomas J. Goucher, LL.B. ’52

J. Edward Muhlbach, J.D. ’62

Thomas R. Bruther, J.D. ’73

James S. Holtz, J.D. ’94

Ronald A. Munley, LL.B. ’60

Christopher O. Bryan, J.D. ’73

Henry B. Hummel, LL.B. ’63

Betty B. Nelson, LL.B. ’50

William M. Campbell, LL.B. ’69

C. Gregory Kallmyer, J.D. ’77

Robert J. Neubauer, J.D. ’47

Robert J. Chester, LL.B. ’64

Kevin B. Kamenetz, J.D. ’82

James A. Consoli, J.D. ’80

Edward A. Kilner, LL.B. ’65

Hon. H. Wayne Norman Jr., B.A. ’76, J.D. ’80

Albert G. De Bliss, J.D. ’60

George W. Knight Jr., J.D. ’73

Edward T. Pinder, J.D. ’86

Lt. Colonel Alan M. Winner, J.D. ’39, A.A. ’48

Jerome J. Deinlein Jr., B.A. ’08, J.D. ’12

Margery S. LaMar, J.D. ’81

Phillip E. Radabaugh, J.D. ’74

Marc A. Zeve, J.D. ’89

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Herbert S. Smith, LL.B. ’62 John G. Swatkoski, J.D. ’72 Richard R. Tighe, LL.B. ’67 William Turc Sr., J.D. ’69 Rose M. Weber, J.D. ’94, LL.M. ’95 Suzanne R. Whitmore, B.A. ’72, J.D. ’78

faculty notes & publications books BARBARA BABB’s forthcoming book, Caring for Families in Court: An Essential Approach to Family Justice, co-authored with Judith Moran, will be published this fall. (Routledge, 2018).

EUGENE D. MAZO edited the forthcoming book, Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (Cambridge University Press, 2018) with co-editor Timothy K. Kuhner. AMY SLOAN will publish the latest edition of her book, Basic Legal Research: Tools & Strategies later this fall. (7th ed. Aspen Publishers, 2018). This edition follows the publication of the 2017 5th edition of the same book.

book chapters JOHN BESSLER, contributed a chapter entitled, “The law of evolution: from international law to international law,” in the book, Beccaria, Review of the History of the Right to Publish III (Georg 2017).

NIENKE GROSSMAN co-edited a book called Legitimacy and International Courts (Cambridge UP, 2018) with Harlan Cohen, Andreas Follesdal and Geir Ulfstein.

MARGARET JOHNSON published Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework for Law Students and Practitioners which Prof. Johnson co-authored with Carolyn Grose (Carolina Academic Press 2017). JAMES R. MAXEINER published his latest book, Failures of American Methods of Lawmaking in Historical and Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

NIENKE GROSSMAN coauthored a chapter in the book called Legitimacy and International Courts: A Framework, and I sole authored another chapter called “Solomonic Judgments and the Legitimacy of the International Court of Justice.” In 2017, Grossman also published a chapter called “Judge Julia Sebutinde: An Unbreakable Cloth,” in International Courts and the African Woman Judge: Unveiled Narratives (Josephine Dawuni & Akua Kuenyehia, eds.) (Routledge Press, 2017).  EUGENE D. MAZO contributed “Regulating Campaign Finance through Legislative Recusal Rules,” to forthcoming Democracy by the People: Reforming Campaign Finance in America (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

articles JOHN D. BESSLER, The Abolitionist Movement Comes Of Age: From Capital Punishment As A Lawful Sanction To A Peremptory, International Law Norm Barring Executions, 79 Mont. L. Rev. 7 (2018).

MICHELE GILMAN, The Surveillance Gap: The Harms of Extreme Privacy and Data Marginalization, (with Rebecca Green), 42 NYU Rev. L. & Soc. Change (2018)

CHARLES TIEFER and KATHLEEN CLARK, Denying Deliberation to the Senate Minority Party, 23 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. (2018).

CASSANDRA HAVARD, The Community Reinvestment Act, Banks and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Investment, 26 J. of Affordable Housing & Community Dev. L. 415 (2017).

presentations, interviews and testimony

DAVID JAROS, Criminal Doctrines of Faith, B.C. L. Rev. (2018) MARGARET JOHNSON, Feminist Judgments & #MeToo, 93 Notre Dame L. Rev Online (2018) MARGARET JOHNSON, TARA N. RICHARDS, Lane Kirkland Gillespie, and KATHERINE KAFONEK, An Examination of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP): Perspectives on Implementation, Help-seeking, and Victim Empowerment, 24 Violence Against Women (2018) ROBERT LANDE and PETER CARSTENSEN, The Merger Incipiency Doctrine and the Importance of ‘Redundant’ Competitors, 2018 Wisc. L. Rev. (2018) KENNETH LASSON, The Decline Of Free Speech on the Postmodern Campus: The Troubling Evolution of the Heckler’s Veto, 38 Quinnipiac L. Rev. (2018) EUGENE D. MAZO, Campaign Finance Reform without Legal Reform, 45 Pepp. L. Rev. (2018) JANE MURPHY and SOLANGEL MALDONADO, Reproducing Gender and Race Inequality in the Blawgosphere, 41 Harv. J.L. & Gender (2018) MAX OPPENHEIMER, Progress or Profit: Reconsidering the Shortened Statutory Period Scheme, (2018) ROBERT RUBINSON, Realizing Dispute Resolution: Meeting the Challenges of Legal Realism through Mediation, 18 Nev. L.J. For. 1 (2018) DONALD STONE, Dangerous Minds: Myths and Realities behind the Violent Behavior of the Mentally Ill, Public Perceptions, and the Judicial Response through Involuntary Civil Commitment 42 Law & Psychol. Rev. (2018)

GARRETT EPPS published dozens of articles in The Atlantic, as part of his ongoing role as a contributing writer covering the Supreme Court. These are available online at garrett-epps NIENKE GROSSMAN has been a speaker and provided commentary in publications: • Speaker, Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center, International Courts and the African Women Judge: Unveiled Narratives (book launch), March 2018. • Speaker, “Legitimacy and International Courts,” (Book Launch), American Society of International Law, April 2018. • Panelist “Gender and Racial Diversity Before International Courts and Tribunals (Bias in the Profession),” ABA International Law Section, Spring Meeting, April 2018. • The Fight Continues, INTLAWGRRLS, (Feb. 2018) MARGARET JOHNSON has been a presenter and moderator at recent conferences: • Presenter, Maryland County Jail Reproductive Justice Policies, Reproductive Justice Inside Public Forum, Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD, January 9, 2018. • Moderator, “Reproductive Justice Behind Bars: An Intimate Look at Prenatal, Abortion, Labor & Delivery, and Postpartum Care Inside Correctional Facilities,” University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, Sept. 18, 2017. Professor ELIZABETH KEYES, was one of the experts tapped to provide commentary as part of WalletHub (Jan. 30)’s piece, Economic Impact of Immigration by State (interview).

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Associate Dean and Professor DIONNE KOLLER wrote pieces on sports law issues in the news:

• Presenter, Symposium: Reimagining Localism, Fordham Law School, New York, NY, Feb. 16, 2018.

• Why Maryland Rejected Banning Tackle Football for Kids, Aspen Institute Project Play Blog, March 29, 2018.

• Presenter, Panel: Freedom Dreams in White Structures: Contemporary Dynamics of Black Space, Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 23, 2018.

• Where We Go After Nassar: The Future of Protecting Young Athletes, JURIST — Academic Commentary, Jan. 29, 2018 Professor KENNETH LASSON gave a lecture entitled, “Comparing Civil Liberties in U.S. and Israel,” at Beth Tfiloh, February 2018. Professor AUDREY MCFARLANE has been a presenter and speaker at the following symposia and conferences: • Presenter, Symposium: Racial Justice in Zoning: 100 Years After Buchanan v. Warley, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, Nov. 10, 2017. • Presenter, Texas A&M University School of Law’s Real Property Law Roundtable, Fort Worth, TX Feb. 2, 2018.

• Speaker. Plenary Panel. “Fair Housing Act @ 50: Renewing our Commitment to Housing Equity, University of the District of Columbia School of Law,” responded to presentation of new book, Moving Toward Integration: the Past and Future of Fair Housing, April 20, 2018.

CHARLES TIEFER is a regular contributing author to Forbes and has provided commentary in other media outlets on the workings of Congress and the Administration, including: • Federal News Radio, Scott Pruitt’s $63,000 soundproof booth, April 20, 2018. • The Washington Examiner, Defense Department’s Sole-Source Contract with Amazon, April 10, 2018. • USA Today, Russia, the Trump Campaign and Collusion, March 3, 2018. Clinical Fellow SHANTA TRIVEDI wrote an Op-Ed, Abuse Reporting Bills Would Criminalize Teachers, in the Baltimore Sun, March 12, 2018

JANE MURPHY wrote an op-ed piece entitled, “Restorative justice: Healing victims and reducing crime” in the Baltimore Sun, Jan. 25, 2018

KIMBERLY WEHLE provided commentary on a range of topics in a number of media outlets on actions involving the Trump Administration:

MORTIMER SELLERS spoke on the topic, “The Freedom of Speech and Restrictions on Hate Speech under the Constitutions of Brazil and the United States of America” at Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Feb. 19, 2018.

• NPR, Morning Edition, After Raid, Cohen Tries to Limit What Records Prosecutors May Review, April 16, 2018.

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) held its annual conference in Baltimore in July 2018. Law Library Director and Professor of the Practice ADEEN POSTAR hosted a special workshop for 60 new law library directors at the Angelos Law Center preceding the conference. Law Library staff JOANNE COLVIN, HARVEY MORRELL, DAVE MATCHEN, PAT BEHLES, BIJAL SHAH, and MARY ELIZABETH MURTHA planned and coordinated the conference’s final reception, which welcomed more than 250 academic law librarians.

staff activities

• Hardball with Chris Mathews, FBI Warrants and Trump Attorney Michael Cohen, April 9, 2018. • PBS with Judy Woodruff, Stormy Daniels, March 26, 2018. • With John Dean and Michael Gergen, CNN Outfront with Erin Burnett, March 15, 2018. • CNN Newsroom, With Ana Carbrera, Andrew McCabe, March 17, 2018. • CNN Tonight with Don Lemon (Feb. 8, 2018) on the refusal of Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. • Hardball with Chris Matthews (Feb. 6, 2018) on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and a possible grand jury subpoena for President Trump.

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Dean RONALD WEICH was featured on the C-SPAN podcast series “The Weekly” discussing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court (Episode 65: Dean Ronald Weich of The University of Baltimore Law School (Aug. 3).    

CLAUDIA DIAMOND, J.D. ’95 was named assistant dean for academic success. LAURIE HAROW, J.D. ’11 was promoted to assistant dean for enrollment and academic planning. MILLICENT NEWHOUSE, director of externships, was on the planning committee for the Mach 2018 National X9 Externship Conference. Newhouse also participated on the Association of American Law Schools and Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) externship committees. Newhouse published an article for the CLEA newsletter giving advice to those new to externship and clinical work.

faculty & staff retirements

Professor Emeritus ERIC EASTON In the fall of 2017, Eric Easton retired as a full-time professor of law and was granted the honored status of Professor Emeritus. Easton officially joined the UB faculty in 1993 although he taught as an adjunct professor for several years before that. During his 27 years at UB, he taught Torts, Introduction to Lawyering Skills, Media Law and other courses. Before joining the academy, Easton was a professional journalist and publisher for more than 20 years.

Eric Easton

The long-time editor of UB’s Journal of Media Law and Ethics, Easton also published another book this past spring. Defending the Masses: A Progressive Lawyer’s Battles for Free Speech (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), is about Gilbert Roe, the principal free-speech lawyer of the early 20th century. Roe’s cases involved activists including Emma Goldman, Lincoln Steffens, Margaret Sanger, Max Eastman, Upton Sinclair, John Reed and Eugene Debs, as well as the socialist magazine The Masses and the New York City Teachers Union. According to the University of Wisconsin Press, “In articulating Americans’ fundamental right to free expression against charges of obscenity, libel, espionage, sedition or conspiracy during turbulent times, Roe was rarely successful in the courts. But his battles illuminate the evolution of free speech

Associate Dean Vicki Schultz, Les Metzger, Student Support Director Leslie Metzger, Associate Dean Dionne Koller and Dean Ronald Weich doctrine and practice in an era when it was under heavy assault. His greatest victory, the 1917 decision by Judge Learned Hand in The Masses Publishing Co. v. Patten, is still influential today.”

Student Support Director

LESLIE METZGER After 31 years at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Director of Student Support Services Leslie Metzger retired on Aug. 1, 2018. She had been involved in many aspects of the law school’s program of legal education, from moot court to the ITA program to advising. “Leslie has been an important part of UB Law’s history and a voice for students for over three decades,” said Dionne L. Koller, associate dean for academic affairs. “She will always be a part of the UB Law family.” Metzger made a lasting impact on the students she worked with, and upon the occasion of her retirement, one former student decided to pay it forward. An anonymous law alum began raising money this past summer for an annual Leslie Metzger Achievement Award that will support a recent graduate’s bar application and related fees beginning spring 2019. Metzger spent her career supporting students as they

pursued and earned their law degrees. This award is not only a fitting tribute but also an opportunity to honor Metzger’s example and support the success of the next generation of law students. At her final award ceremony in April — an event that Metzger had arranged for the last two decades — the Student Bar Association honored her with a lifetime achievement award for all her work with law students during the course of her career at the law school.

Executive Assistant to the Dean LINDA LAHEY Linda Lahey, who served more than a decade as executive assistant to the dean for two deans and one interim dean, retired at the end of July. Linda handled a wide array of matters for the law school, the dean and, most recently, the associate dean for administration. “Linda was unflappable. She was always gracious, discreet and quietly efficient in managing the many people and situations that arose in any given day,” says Associate Dean Vicki Schultz. “As a new dean, I was also new to the legal academy. Linda helped show me the ropes,” Dean Weich adds. “We will truly miss her and wish her many happy years ahead in retirement.” Fall 2018 | 31 |

in closing  By Natalie Ram

‘Golden State Killer’ Case Puts DNA in Legal Spotlight Now Is the Time to Address the ‘Creep’ of Genetic Surveillance in Our Daily Lives


or nearly a decade, I have researched how law enforcement has expanded the number of individuals identified through DNA database searches, even as the number of official DNA offender databases remains unchanged. The April arrest in California of Joseph James DeAngelo, alleging that he is the elusive Golden State Killer and a suspect in more than a dozen murders and 50 rapes beginning in the 1970s, is intensifying questions that I and others have about the use of this data — our “genetic portrait.” Traditionally, the FBI’s database of criminal offenders, known as CODIS, hosts DNA profiles from individuals convicted or arrested of certain crimes. Every state contributes to CODIS and defines by law whose DNA should be in it and subject to search. No state has allowed members of the public at large to be included. The break in the DeAngelo case came when investigators searched an online genealogical DNA database, GEDmatch, to generate leads. If DeAngelo is indeed the Golden State Killer, his arrest is a victory for public safety and police. But the methods used to identify him raise questions about the relationship between the law and those who are in a database. With other law enforcement agencies rushing to make use of these techniques, our questions demand serious, and timely, responses.

The Golden State Killer case is not the first time law enforcement has used genealogical data to generate leads. A year before focusing on DeAngelo, investigators subpoenaed information from another genetic testing company, then obtained a warrant for that man’s DNA. He was not a match. Similarly, in 2014, police obtained a warrant based on a partial genetic match from an database. He, too, was not a match. In 2008, however, California officials searched the state’s own official offender DNA database, not only for full DNA matches (individuals who are likely perpetrators of an unsolved crime), but also for familial DNA matches (individuals who are close genetic relatives of a perpetrator of an unsolved crime). Because genetic information is inherited in predictable patterns, an individual’s DNA can be used to identify his or her genetic relatives even if that relative has never been arrested or convicted. Since then, more than a dozen states have embraced the use of familial DNA matches. Maryland expressly forbids it. The use of genealogical DNA databases to investigate crimes is the latest innovation that circumvents the limitations of CODIS. It expands the use familial DNA searches. In that respect, it was perhaps inevitable. Regardless, mining DNA databases to investigate crimes is revolutionary. In that sense, it may mean that Maryland’s prohibi-

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tion on familial DNA searches will not stand. And as genealogical DNA services examine hundreds of thousands of DNA snippets, more distant genetic relatives will show up in searches. These relatives, discoverable through their kin’s DNA, have not agreed to share their genetic data in a GED match database. What can legal scholars do to address these issues? Having predicted where the science would lead, I am now receiving support for my research through the Greenwall Foundation, an innovator in this area of research. They have named me a Faculty Scholar in Bioethics and will support my work for the next three years. I will continue to examine how law enforcement might access a host of non-law enforcement DNA resources, in online genealogical services like GEDmatch and 23andMe, in medical records and scientific data. No state has authorized the routine search of DNA from members of the public at large for solving crimes. Yet law enforcement’s use of non-law enforcement DNA databases, particularly when combined with familial DNA searches, portends just that. The creep of genetic surveillance by the government should give us pause. At minimum, if investigators want that kind of access to DNA, they should have to convince state lawmakers — and the public — that the benefits outweigh the costs to privacy. NATALIE RAM is assistant professor of law at university of Baltimore School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests are in biotechnology and the law, bioethics and innovation policy. Professor Ram is also the associate director of UB’s Center for Medicine and Law.

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University of Baltimore’s First Massive Online Open Course The University of Baltimore School of Law has partnered with edX — a premier provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs) — to host “The Supreme Court and American Politics,” an eight-week self-paced examination of the causes and effects of politics on the nation’s top legal institution. The course, available entirely online at no cost, is hosted by Lyle Denniston, longtime Supreme Court reporter, unofficial dean emeritus of the Supreme Court Lyle Denniston and Prof. Garrett Epps

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press corps and UB’s Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Academic Transformation in the University’s Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology. In each video, Denniston is joined by distinguished legal scholars from UB, including Professors Gilda Daniels and Garrett Epps, and School of Law Dean Ronald Weich, to discuss important aspects of the nation’s highest court.

Denniston describes the Supreme Court as having a mission, from its founding in 1789, that was “not so dependent upon popularity with the people.” But inevitably, politics is part of the mix, and the course offers insights into how that truth plays out over decades of cases. Learn more, and sign up for the course, at

Baltimore Law | Fall 2018  

The annual magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law

Baltimore Law | Fall 2018  

The annual magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law