Baltimore Law Fall 2017
The magazine of the University of Baltimore School of Law
BUILDING DIVERSITY The Fannie Angelos Program aims to transform lives and the legal profession
From left: Fannie Angelos Scholars Zenia Wilson, J.D. ’12, 2L Herman Brown and Adam Shareef, J.D. ’17.
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welcome FROM THE DEAN Ronald Weich
ime is a jet plane, it moves too fast, sang Nobel laureate Bob Dylan. I know what he means. Though it seems I arrived at UB just yesterday, I actually marked my fifth anniversary as dean of the law school this summer. I’ve loved every minute of my time here and I’m enormously proud of what we have accomplished. Mostly I’m proud of what hasn’t changed: As it has for decades, the University of Baltimore School of Law continues to provide its students an outstanding, rigorously practical education. While every law school teaches students to think like lawyers, UB teaches students to be lawyers. It’s our mission. In fact, our commitment to skills-based learning has grown stronger over the last five years. Under an experiential-learning requirement adopted by the faculty, students now enroll in an even broader array of practical courses. We’ve started clinics focusing on veterans’ rights, human trafficking, pretrial justice and juvenile sentencing. Our new Center for the Law of Intellectual Property and Technology gives students a chance to explore cutting-edge issues in patent and copyright law and Internet privacy. Our world-class full-time faculty keeps students on their toes with mock arguments and other simulations, while our adjunct professors — fine judges and lawyers — bring the real world into the classroom. With these innovations, UB’s national reputation continues to grow. The annual U.S. News & World Report survey of more than 200 American law schools this year ranked UB at No. 112, a 23-point jump since 2014.
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Of particular note, U.S. News ranked UB’s clinical law program 12th-best in the nation. Meanwhile, our graduates’ employment outcomes are getting stronger: More than 90 percent of the Class of 2016 was employed in full-time law-related jobs 10 months after graduation. In addition, UB ranked seventh among all U.S. law schools in the percentage of 2016 graduates to obtain state judicial clerkships — no surprise, as more than one-third of Maryland state judges are UB law alums. The law school’s 90th commencement ceremony in May featured remarks by Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. In introducing Judge Barbera, I pointed out that while she did not graduate from UB, she began her legal education and learned the fundamentals here. A high point of the ceremony was the participation of Professor BYRON WARNKEN, J.D. ’77, who joined his colleagues on stage. Byron has had health challenges lately, but he wasn’t about to miss commencement — or the chance to hear Judge Barbera, a former student (there are legions!). This issue of Baltimore Law highlights one of our school’s gems, the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. The three young people on the cover came to UB through this program — two are graduates and one is a 2L who was No. 1 in his first-year class. We’re proud to partner with Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities to help build diversity in our school and in the legal profession. Our law school has never been stronger. After five years on the job, I’m determined to keep the UB flag flying high in the years ahead. I know I can count on the help of an army of loyal and engaged UB graduates in Baltimore and beyond.
Ronald Weich Dean
in this issue:
10 Building Diversity The Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence aims to transform lives and the legal profession
Who’s who in the School of Law’s alumni circles
Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law Jane Murphy on the Juvenile Justice Project’s work to help prisoners serving life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles
Alumni Give Back
ABOVE: Fannie Angelos, LL.B. ’51, and Annice Brown, J.D. ’16. Fall 2017 | 3 |
baltimorebriefs ‘We will not turn back’: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivers capstone speech at UB
utgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivered her capstone speech on community policing on Jan. 12, 2017, before a packed house at the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center. Lynch’s speech followed the signing that day of a consent-decree agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Baltimore that committed the city to making significant policing reforms. Lynch said that in early 2015, as she prepared to take office, she knew community-police relations would be among her top priorities. But, she said, the matter gained special urgency the day she was sworn in: “I took the oath of office in Washington on April 27, 2015 — the day that Freddie Gray was laid to rest. Baltimore had already endured weeks of tension following Mr. Gray’s death. But on the day of the funeral, the protests swelled, and although many who took to the streets were peace-
fully exercising their constitutional right to free speech, some members of the community unfortunately resorted to destructive acts of violence that harmed property and persons. It was clear that here in Baltimore — as in so many American cities — deep-seated feelings of mistrust and hostility had gone unaddressed for too long. And it was clear that in order to repair the
social fabric, those issues had to be dealt with honestly, comprehensively and immediately.” Lynch said Baltimoreans, and Americans, were ready to take on the challenge of repairing trust between communities and the police. “[H]istory teaches us that the road of progress has always been strewn with setbacks and obstacles, hardships and pitfalls. It also shows us that times of unrest can spur real change and real progress. What is important is that over the last eight years, we have chosen to start down that road together, as one nation and one people, united by our desire for liberty, our thirst for justice and our belief in equality. We have started down that road, and as I look out at this outstanding group of public servants, advocates and citizens — many of you working tirelessly to heal the divisions in this proud city — I see just how far we have come. I see how far we can still go. And I know that we will not turn back.”
U.S. News: UB’s clinical law program ranked No. 12 in nation U.S. News & World Report this year ranked UB’s clinical
law program No. 12 in the nation — the program’s
the rankings is strengthening our bar-pass rate, a goal
best-ever ranking. UB’s part-time J.D. program came
to which we are devoting significant attention and
in at No. 29.
Meanwhile, the law school’s overall ranking held
Said Weich: “One key to further progress in
Continued Weich: “I have always said we should
steady: In a tie for No. 111 last year, UB was tied for
not put too much stock in rankings, which are heavily
No. 112 this year out of more than 200 law schools in
influenced by the subjective factor of ‘reputation.’
the United States.
But UB’s reputation for outstanding clinical education
is in fact well deserved and our No. 12 ranking is
In a note to the faculty, Dean RONALD WEICH
emphasized UB’s “significant gains” since 2014, when the law school was ranked No. 135.
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At commencement, Chief Judge Barbera emphasizes the power of words
n her keynote address at the law school’s 90th commencement ceremony, held May 15, 2017, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera (above with Dean RONALD WEICH) stressed the importance of using language precisely. “As you become more and more fluent in the language of law, I urge you to remember that what you say and write matters, each and every time,” Judge Barbera told the 225-strong Class of 2017. “As lawyers, we are not
poets or playwrights, yet we, too, must recognize the art of language, both its subtlety and imprecision, for words are both our most powerful tools and our greatest challenges.” Emphasizing that the profession of law is defined by the use of language, Barbera said, “What an extraordinary thing it is to live in a society that looks to words, rather than to swords, for the rules by which we live.” Barbera urged the graduates to do pro bono work and to help those “who
do not yet stand in the full sunshine of equality under the law, who struggle to gain access to justice.” “When we engage in that work — when we put to such use the language of the law — we pay it forward, not simply to the individual, family or group we help, but also to the greater community,” Barbera said. “When we engage in some form of pro bono work, we make the investment that strengthens the rule of law for all of us.” In closing, Judge Barbera said, “May you be remembered for having used the words of our profession to strengthen the rule of law, so that, as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so beautifully used his words to remind us, the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.”
Student fellows spend spring break helping refugees in Greece
even student fellows from UB’s Center for International and Comparative Law traveled to Greece over
spring break to work with Advocates Abroad, a nonprofit that provides free legal advice to refugees and asylum-seekers.
migrants fleeing violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq are stranded in refugee camps in mainland Greece and in the Greek islands. Conditions in the camps are poor and many refugees suffer physical and mental problems. The student fellows worked with Advocates Abroad in Athens and on
the islands of Chios and Lesvos, conducting research on the right of refugees and asylum-seekers to proper medical care and legal aid. Learn about the Center for International and Comparative Law at law.ubalt.edu/ cicl.
The UB group was led by CATHERINE MOORE, coordinator for international law programs. Moore was awarded a $10,000 Fund for Excellence grant by the University of Baltimore Foundation for the trip. The fellows were CHRISTIAN KIM, J.D. ’17, CAROLYN MILLS, J.D. ’17, VALERIE OCHOA, JASMINE POPE, JOHN RIZOS, J.D. ’17, KIA ROBERTS WARREN, J.D. ’17, and ROBERT STEININGER, J.D. ’17. Kim and Pope each received a $2,000 travel and research award from the University of Baltimore. More than 60,000 refugees and Fall 2017 | 5 |
baltimorebriefs UB team wins regional BLSA mock trial contest
Denniston focuses on Supreme Court & U.S. politics “Dean” of the U.S. Supreme Court press corps LYLE DENNISTON (left), who covered the court for 59 years before retiring this summer, gave three lectures at the law center last fall. The first installment in the “Citizenship and Freedom” series, a question-and-answer session with Professor GARRETT EPPS, took place Sept. 19, 2016, to mark Constitution Day. Denniston is working with the University of Baltimore to turn the series, which looked at the relationship between the court and American politics, into a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course. Stay tuned.
The University of Baltimore’s Black Law Students Association team topped the University of Maryland to take first place in the Thurgood Marshall mock trial competition at the Mid-Atlantic BLSA Regional Convention over the weekend of Feb. 18–19, 2017. It was the first time UB BLSA took the top prize in the annual contest, held this year in Pittsburgh. The UB team, coached by JERMAINE HAUGHTON, J.D. ’15, and Professor ODEANA NEAL, consisted of EMILY CRUIKSHANK, JASMINE ENGLAND, JORDANA FORBES, J.D. ’17, ANEESA KHAN, J.D. ’17, and CHANEL WHITE, J.D. ’17. England served as an alternate and was instrumental in preparing the team for victory, Haughton said. Besides Maryland, UB also defeated teams from George Washington University, the University of the District of Columbia, Penn State Dickinson, and Washington and Lee.
Schochor, Federico and Staton donates $25K for scholarships
he law ﬁrm of Schochor, Federico and Staton has donated $25,000 to the law school for scholarships given to high-achieving students. The Baltimore-
based medical malpractice ﬁrm employs several UB law grads, including founding partner PHILIP FEDERICO, J.D. ’83.
Yale law professor discusses his new book, Locking Up Our Own Yale law professor and author James Forman Jr. discussed his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, at an April 17, 2017, panel discussion with Dean RONALD WEICH, Professor ODEANA NEAL and U.S. Court of Appeals Senior Judge Andre M. Davis. The event, co-sponsored by the UB School of Law and the Open Society Institute’s Baltimore office, was part of OSI-Baltimore’s “Talking About Race” series.
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Peters named law dean at University of Akron
ssociate Dean CHRISTOPHER (C.J.) PETERS was selected as the new dean of the University of Akron School of Law. He began his new job on June 15, 2017. In a news release from the University of Akron, Peters said he was eager to solidify Akron’s reputation as one of the best law schools in Ohio and as a top-100 law school nationally. Peters, who began teaching at UB in 2009, was appointed associate dean for faculty scholarship in 2015. Before coming to UB,
Peters taught at the law schools at the University of Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit, among others. In honor of his late grandfather, a longtime Michigan trial judge, Peters established the Judge Donald T. Anderson Endowed Scholarship. Peters said he hoped Akron law students would be inspired by Judge Anderson’s lifelong dedication to public service and his focus on the practical impacts of the law, particularly on society’s most vulnerable members.
news&events Malcolm Bryant dies at 42 after less than a year of freedom
witness, who picked Bryant out of a “six alcolm Jabbar Bryant died March 8, 2017, of a stroke just a few weeks pack” photo lineup. shy of his 43rd birthday. He had Bryant walked out of Courthouse East on been out of prison for only 10 months. May 11, 2016, a free man after long-sought A client of UB Innocence Project Clinic DNA tests confirmed what he’d said all along: Director MICHELE NETHERCOTT, Bryant The state had the wrong man. spent nearly 18 years behind bars before The state for years fought the release of his convictions were vacated in May 2016. the physical evidence that ultimately proved Bryant was convicted in the 1998 murder of Bryant’s innocence. 16-year-old Toni Bullock, who was dragged into “We had a fight every step of the way on a lot off Harford Road and repeatedly stabbed. the DNA testing,” Nethercott said in the Fall Though four friends of 2016 issue of Baltimore Law magazine, Baltimore Law Bryant’s testified they’d been which featured Bryant, Nethercott and with him elsewhere that night, TOWANDA LUCKETT, J.D. ’16, on the cover. the jury believed the sole Nethercott described Bryant as one of Fall 2016
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UB CLINICS TEACH SKILLS, FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
the kindest people she ever represented, a man who never failed to express his concern for and appreciation of the Innocence Project staff. “He endured so much tragedy throughout his life, including years of incarceration for a murder he did not commit, but he never gave up the fight to prove his innocence and that strengthened my resolve to never give up either, despite many setbacks over the years,” Nethercott said. “I will always remember him and I miss him.”
Professor Michele Nethercott (left), director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, and Towanda Luckett, J.D. ’16, with client Malcolm Bryant after his exoneration. Bryant spent nearly 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Tax Moot Court team takes third place in national competition UB’s Tax Moot Court team garnered the award for Second Runner Up for Oral Argument in the 2017 National Tax Moot Court Competition, held in February in Saint Pete Beach, Fla. The UB team placed third out of 16 teams in oral argument. Professor FRED BROWN said team members AMANDA ODORIMAH, J.D. ’17, and SELENA QIAN performed “brilliantly” throughout the competition, receiving praise from the judges for their organization, knowledge of the law and facts, clarity, speaking technique, poise and persuasiveness.
Human Trafficking Prevention Project awarded $466K grant The law school’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project last fall received a $465,757 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention. Led by clinical fellow JESSICA EMERSON, J.D. ’13, the project and its student-attorneys are working with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to create a statewide pro bono program that provides post-conviction legal services to survivors of human trafficking and others vulnerable to exploitation. The project, the first of its kind in Maryland, seeks to vacate clients’ prostitution convictions, a move that helps them to obtain jobs, housing and benefits and so to become more self-sufficient and less vulnerable to exploitation. Learn about the Human Trafficking Prevention Project at law.ubalt.edu/ humantrafﬁcking.
Yo, Adam! Weich channels Rocky to prepare for match The law school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society last winter challenged Dean RONALD WEICH to a “judicial throwdown” — an oral argument with then-3L ADAM SHAREEF. (Shareef earned his J.D. in 2017.) Weich agreed to the match and began training à la Rocky, with Professor BYRON WARNKEN, J.D. ’77, in the role of Mickey Goldmill. (Who’s Mickey Goldmill? Please! Look him up.) Student USMAN SULEMAN recorded a video of Weich in training, which you can watch at bit.ly/2viQlK3. The competition, dubbed “Clash of the Titans,” took place March 28, 2017. Shareef, then president of the Moot Court board, was joined by RIMA KIKANI, J.D. ’14, an associate at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, while Weich was assisted by DLA Piper Professor of Law MICHAEL MEYERSON. Ain’t gonna be no rematch.
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Claudia Diamond, J.D. ’95
everal members of the law school community received honors during the 2016–17 academic year. Here are a few: CLAUDIA DIAMOND, J.D. ’95, assistant
dean for academic and writing support, in June 2017 won a University System of Maryland Board of Regents staff award for her “exceptional contribution” to the law school. The board highlighted Diamond’s work to establish UB’s Legal Writing Center. Diamond is also an adjunct professor of law.
Access commentary, recordings from ‘The Law According to Trump’ Nearly two dozen University of Baltimore law professors took part in a Jan. 19, 2017, symposium that examined how the new Trump administration might seek to transform America’s legal landscape. Panels focused on the executive branch and executive power, legislative initiatives, the democratic system, and individual rights and equality. To access written commentary by participating faculty members or to watch recordings of the panel discussions, visit bit.ly/2vgxKQJ.
DIONNE KOLLER, associate dean for academic affairs, received the 2017 President’s Faculty Award. University of Baltimore President KURT SCHMOKE announced the award in May. ZINA MAKAR, clinical fellow and
co-director of the Pretrial Justice Clinic, in April 2017 was named the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year by the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Professor ANGELA VALLARIO, J.D. ’91, was among 16 University System of Maryland professors recognized in 2017 by the Board of Regents as outstanding faculty members. Every year, the board solicits nominations from the university system’s 12 member institutions to identify scholars who excel in four areas: teaching, mentoring, public service and scholarship. Vallario, who teaches estates and trusts, was honored for excellence in mentoring.
SHAPIRO’S SWAN SONG:
‘I’m your professor, oh I’m the rule man’
etiring Professor STEPHEN SHAPIRO serenaded his colleagues at the conclusion
of the December 2016 faculty meeting. Accompanying himself on guitar, Shapiro sang “Law Prof,” or the Rules of Civil Procedure set to music, a number he’s performed for students for years. The classroom concert was followed by a reception with Champagne and cake. Shapiro, now professor
Here’s the “Law Prof” chorus: I’m your professor, oh I’m the rule man.
emeritus, began teaching at UB in
Subpoenas, motions, pleadings, I’m a real fan.
1985. He has lectured on Maryland
You’d better learn it, I’m hard to fool man.
and federal law to judges and
That college bull you pulled won’t get you
lawyers and is a volunteer attorney
for the American Civil Liberties
For the complete lyrics, visit bit.ly/2umn8Nb.
Union of Maryland.
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Angela Vallario, J.D. ’91
CEREMONIES & CONFERENCES
A sampling of events from the 2016–17 academic year ■ Sept. 27, 2016: Fifty-one students
were inducted into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society at a ceremony at the law center. KATHLEEN HOWARD MEREDITH, B.A. ’75, J.D. ’78, of Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger & Brennan, was the guest speaker. The honor society recognizes law students who have distinguished themselves academically after the completion of 32 credits. ■ Sept. 29, 2016: The law school’s
Innocence Project Clinic, with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, presented the first of two fall conferences about mass incarceration. Malcolm Bryant was among the speakers. (See story and
Joseph Cassilly, J.D. ’77
photo on Page 7.) ■ Oct. 17, 2016: Maryland Attorney
General Brian Frosh was the keynote speaker at a University of Baltimore Law Review symposium titled “Can the Law Save the Chesapeake Bay?” ■ Nov. 10, 2016: The University of
Baltimore Law Forum presented a symposium on Maryland’s new medical cannabis program, featuring speakers who provided public-health, business and legislative perspectives. ■ Nov. 17, 2016: The directors of UB’s
Pretrial Justice Clinic and other experts took part in a symposium focused on money bail and unjust pretrial detention, the second of two fall conferences about mass incarceration. ■ Jan. 25, 2017: Eighteen students
were inducted into the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society. LOUIS PETTEY, J.D. ’77, of Heise Jorgensen & Stefanelli, was the keynote speaker. ■ March 6, 2017: The Court of Special
Appeals of Maryland heard arguments in several cases in the law center’s moot courtroom. The judges took questions from law students after the court session.
■ March 29, 2017: The University of
fellow at the Center for American Progress who served in the White House under President Barack Obama, was the keynote speaker at the Center on Applied Feminism’s 10th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, “Applied Feminism and Intersectionality: Examining the Law Through the Lens of Multiple Identities.”
Fellowship and MATTHEW ALLISON was awarded the 2017 Miller & Zois Fellowship. Professors PHILLIP CLOSIUS, GARRETT EPPS, MARGARET JOHNSON, DANIEL HATCHER and LISA SPARKS, B.A. ’04, J.D. ’07, received awards, as did RENEE NACRELLI, J.D. ’93, an adjunct professor. SHAVAUN O’BRIEN, B.A. ’10, MBA ’14, was presented with the Staff Mentoring Award, while GARY HARPER received the Rose McMunn Distinguished Service Staff Award. MARIE LANGLOIS, J.D. ’17, received the Student Leader of the Year Award and the Black Law Students Association won the award for Outstanding Service to UB by a Student Organization.
■ April 2, 2017: JOSEPH CASSILLY, J.D. ’77
■ April 6, 2017: The Sayra and Neil
(above), the state’s attorney for Harford County, was the keynote speaker at the law school’s 23rd Awards Ceremony. Among those honored were AISTE PALSKYTE, J.D. ’17, the class valedictorian, and ELIZABETH DANQUAH-BROBBY, J.D. ’17, the salutatorian. CONNOR SMITH was the winner of the 2017 Silverman | Thompson | Slutkin | White
Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts presented the Ninth Annual Urban Child Symposium, “Addiction and the Urban Child.” Speakers included Bridget Brennan, special narcotics prosecutor for the city of New York, and Peter Bruun, founder of the Baltimore-based New Day Campaign.
Baltimore Journal of Land and Development’s 2017 symposium, “The Port Covington Redevelopment Project,” focused on the environmental impact of the $5.5 billion mixed-use complex planned for South Baltimore, as well as on concerns about affordable housing. ■ March 31, 2017: Jocelyn Frye, a senior
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By Joe Surkiewicz
The Fannie Angelos Program aims to transform lives and the legal profession
From left: Fannie Angelos, LL.B. ’51, University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke and John C.M. Angelos, J.D. ’90, at a 2014 party for the Fannie Angelos Program.
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From left: Fannie Angelos Scholars 2L Herman Brown, Adam Shareef, J.D. ’17, and Zenia Wilson, J.D. ’12.
he reality of law school hit ADAM SHAREEF hard at the end of his first semester.
The magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore had earned a grade point average of just 2.3. His disappointing academic performance prompted an “existential crisis,” he said recently. Shareef went into law school knowing he had to live up to a lot of expectations. “Everyone in my family was telling me how smart I am and that I won’t have a problem,” he said. If only. Midway through his 1L year, Shareef was desolate. “I was considering not going back for the second semester,” he recalled. “I almost quit.” But Shareef persevered. More than that, he excelled, graduating in May 2017 with a juris doctor degree and a 3.5 GPA. He is now a clerk for Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Michelle Hotten. What happened? Fall 2017 | 11 |
Shareef credits the rock-solid support system of the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. Accepted to the program as an undergraduate, Shareef began law school with access to a network of legal scholars, practitioners and fellow students who were always ready to offer advice and mentoring.
Fannie Angelos, LL.B. ’51
n alliance between the UB School of Law and Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs — Bowie State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University and Morgan State University — the program was founded in 1995 as the Baltimore Scholars. In 2014, thanks to a $1 million donation to reinvigorate the program from PETER ANGELOS, LL.B. ’61, it was renamed in honor of his older sister. The program aims to level the field to ensure that talented, enthusiastic students are able not just to get accepted to law school, but to be successful in school and in the legal profession. Today, more than 90 Fannie Angelos scholars have been accepted to law school, at UB and at universities across the country. The program’s ongoing success was recognized this year by the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, which awarded the Fannie Angelos Program its 2017 Diversity Leadership Award. Accepting the award were DLA Piper Professor of Law MICHAEL MEYERSON and Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of Law F. MICHAEL HIGGINBOTHAM, the co-founders of the Fannie Angelos Program (Meyerson is the program director). “They selected us as a model for the country,” Higginbotham said. “This is a model that can be duplicated.” Peter Angelos had high praise for Meyerson and Higginbotham, calling them “the driving force” behind the program’s success.
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She was a family person who strived to educate and teach her children. She was a strong believer that education and school were very important. —John C.M. Angelos, J.D. ’90
hen FANNIE ANGELOS, LL.B. ’51, began practicing law in the early 1950s, she was one of only about a dozen women lawyers in Baltimore, her brother said. Peter Angelos said his older sister, who came to the U.S. from Greece as a small child, always related to people outside the mainstream of the legal profession. As an immigrant and a woman, she was a double rarity in the profession in the mid-20th century. She had been inspired by tales of her maternal grandfather, a lawyer and a person of eminence in Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Peter Angelos said. But Fannie Angelos’s father didn’t think law was a proper pursuit for a woman, said her son JOHN C.M. ANGELOS, J.D. ’90. Fannie Angelos, of course, thought otherwise. In the late 1940s, after earning an undergraduate degree from the Maryland State Teachers College at Towson
(now Towson University), Fannie Angelos worked full time during the day, then made her way to night classes at the University of Baltimore School of Law. “She took the bus and the streetcar,” her son said. Though a pioneer among women lawyers in Baltimore — she practiced here for 64 years — Fannie Angelos was nevertheless a traditional Greek woman, John Angelos said: “She was a family person who strived to educate and teach her children. She was a strong believer that education and school were very important.” And while she might have been diminutive, she was a force to be reckoned with, he said: “She was very much into respectability and manners, the decorum you needed to exhibit in the way you carried yourself, the way you dressed and acted in your personal and professional life.” Peter Angelos said his sister was a “born teacher” and took great pleasure
in meeting and advising the Fannie Angelos scholars. “It was something to watch,” he said of her interactions with the students. “They were all drawn to her. She’d make appointments for them to come see her. It was a great experience for her.” Peter Angelos said it was fitting that the program bears his sister’s name: When she began practicing law, the legal profession “didn’t take advantage” of women’s talents. Now, he noted, “it’s the same with minority students.” Fannie Angelos died on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at age 88. She had worked until the previous Friday.
he legal profession sorely lacks — and needs — African-Americans.
“The benefit of diversity in the legal profession is that we end up with better lawyers — really smart lawyers,” Meyerson said.
“Law schools benefit because a diversity of backgrounds among students helps both students and faculty,” he continued. “The more varied people you meet, the smarter you are.” Said Higginbotham: “Supreme Court decisions speak about the value of diversity. What’s often overlooked is the perception of the justice system. With a wide diversity of lawyers and judges, the legal profession looks more fair and just. It helps the perception of justice.” Much progress remains to be made nationwide. While African-Americans comprise 12 percent of the population, African-American men make up less than 2 percent of law school partners and African-American women make up just over half a percent, according to the National Association for Law Placement, or NALP. Likewise, NALP data show that fewer than 4 percent of law firm associates are African-American, while the figure
for African-American women is slightly more than 2 percent. The situation is not much better in law schools. African-Americans account for under 9 percent of all law students in the United States, according to NALP. And African-American law students graduate with significantly more debt than their white classmates. The Fannie Angelos Program succeeds on several levels, Meyerson said: “We help people to get into law school who wouldn’t otherwise get in. We also help students who would have been average lawyers become really good ones.” And, Meyerson emphasized, the program is committed to going the distance for the scholars, many of whom face multiple obstacles to making it through law school. “Often the journey isn’t linear,” he said. “It might take three years or it might take four or five. It can be a winding road.”
Professors Michael Meyerson (left) and F. Michael Higginbotham Fall Fall2015 2017| 13 | 13| |
There’s a world of challenges to get students from HBCUs
into law school. Students from these schools often don’t know how to prepare for law school or how to apply. Plus, they don’t have the money for LSAT prep courses. They don’t know how to
Michael Meyerson and Annice Brown
play the game. But they all have God-given talent.
Scholars line up behind (from left) F. Michael Higginbotham, Lenora Giles and Michael Meyerson at the Nov. 17, 2016, fund-raising gala for the Fannie Angelos Program at the Belvedere Hotel.
he Fannie Angelos Program has two parts. In the first, eight HBCU applicants are selected each year as Fannie Angelos scholars, qualifying them to receive a full scholarship to the University of Baltimore School of Law if they do well on the LSAT exam. The second part of the program admits up to 72 additional HBCU students, allowing them to attend a rigorous LSAT review course at no charge. The Fannie Angelos Program helps the undergraduates explore the law as a potential career path while also boosting their analytical and writing skills. Said Meyerson: “There’s a world of challenges to get students from HBCUs into law school. Students from these schools often don’t know how to prepare for law school or how to apply. Plus, they don’t have the money for LSAT prep courses. They don’t know how to play
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the game. But they all have God-given talent. A lot will figure it out on their own, but they’re going up against people who know how to play the game.” Which described ADAM SHAREEF. “It’s the support I received that made the difference,” Shareef said of his academic turnaround. “I started to apply the things I learned in the program. My grades got better and I rebounded. I made the moot court team.” Continued Shareef: “The progress I made was attributable to the Fannie Angelos Program. Everyone associated with it wants to make sure the next generation does better.” And, Shareef said, Meyerson, Higginbotham and Fannie Angelos Program coordinator LENORA GILES made sure the scholars pay it forward. “I’ve adopted many of the younger Fannie Angelos scholars,” Shareef said.
annie Angelos Scholar ZENIA WILSON, J.D. ’12, said an announcement on the Morgan State campus about the Fannie Angelos Program caught her eye — and changed her life. “I wanted to go to law school, but there weren’t many resources available,” Wilson recounted. “One day I saw a flyer about the program and I went to a presentation by Professor Meyerson. He was so dynamic.” Meyerson urged her to apply to the program. She did and was accepted. In addition to paying for Wilson’s LSAT prep course, the Fannie Angelos Program gave her a head start on law school, she said, describing a two-week “boot camp” that exposes undergraduates to law school and to the legal profession. “We visited law firms, went to a constitutional law class and got a
really good introduction into what law school was like,” Wilson said. But the experience was daunting. “There were so many times during the process that I wasn’t sure if law school was really for me,” she said. “But ultimately the program reinforced my commitment that this is what I want to do.” Today Wilson is a staff attorney at Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore. Her supervisor, Amy Petkovsek, said the Fannie Angelos program produces lawyers perfectly suited for legal work in underserved communities. “I have two Fannie Angelos scholars on my staff,” Petkovsek says, Wilson and ASHLEY PHILLIPS, J.D. ’14. “They know how to apply the support they received in law school to their clients. As an employer, those are the skills I look for.”
t UB, second-year law student HERMAN BROWN achieved a notable first for a Fannie Angelos scholar: Last year, out of 155 students, he was No. 1 in his class.
This past summer Brown interned at Whiteford Taylor & Preston — and also found out that he’d made Law Review and been hired for a federal District Court internship in the fall, said TODD BROOKS, J.D. ’06, the partner who hired him. “Herman not only exemplifies the need for the Fannie Angelos Program but also its success,” Brooks said. “He spent eight weeks with us and was very motivated and interested in everything we threw at him.” Brown said the program has given him and other scholars the tools they need to succeed: “It showed us how to write outlines and how to study. I was able to excel because of it.” He also picked up crucial soft skills: “I learned a lot I didn’t know — simple stuff like how to talk with and network with people, and which are the best law firms to consider when applying for a job.” And he is proud to pass the torch to new scholars. “Once you’re in the program, it’s
like a family,” Brown said. “Now I meet new scholars coming in. My job is to help them. It creates an environment where you succeed.” Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Videtta Brown points with pride to two Fannie Angelos scholars whom she hired as clerks: ANNICE BROWN, J.D. ’16 (no relation), who clerked from 2014 to 2016, and VERONICA COLSON, J.D. ’14, who completed her clerkship last summer. “They were awesome law clerks,” Judge Brown said. “Because of the Fannie Angelos Program, they got support all the way through law school, both academically and from the camaraderie of their peers. The program goes beyond classwork. It instills a responsibility to the world outside of law school.” Added Brown: “I wish I had had something like it.” Hope Keller contributed reporting to this article.
CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON SCHOLARS PROGRAM
he Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars Program is another UB School of Law diversity initiative for undergraduates.
law school are “dashed” by the end of the two weeks, all the undergrads leave with a solid
Houston (1895–1950) was the litigation director of the NAACP and a mentor to U.S. Supreme Court Justice (and Baltimore native) Thurgood Marshall.
grasp of the legal profession.
The program, which began in 2010, involves an intensive, two-week workshop held at UB in the spring. Up to 20 freshmen and sophomores are introduced to the law as a career, says Professor CASSANDRA JONES HAVARD, the program director.
Hamilton Houston scholars have
“It’s eye-opening,” Havard says of the experience.
It’s a measure of the program’s success that at least 16 Charles
Professor Cassandra Jones Havard
been accepted to law school, at UB and at universities across the country, including Harvard and Yale.
Others succeed in different fields, including one scholar who
Students take a contract law class, as well as writing and professionalism workshops and an empowerment workshop devoted to overcoming psychological barriers to success. They also sit for a sample LSAT and are advised on how to study for the exam.
earned a Ph.D. and went to work for a hedge fund.
At lunchtime seminars, students meet lawyers and visit courts and law firms.
Program enriches the profession itself: “Diversity is important not
Havard said that while many scholars’ preconceptions about
The program introduces the law to young people who, Havard says, might otherwise never meet a lawyer: “It’s important to see someone like you who is successful.” Moreover, she says, the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholars only because it brings different points of views, but because it reaches a bigger pool of talent.”
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who’s who in alumni leadership
To learn more about UB School of Law alumni groups, contact MICHELLE JUNOT, director of alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-837-4142.
Dean’s Development Circle The Dean’s Development Circle supports and advises the dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law and helps with fundraising.
Members CLIFTON L. ‘CLIF’ BROWN, J.D. ’78 BARRY M. CHASEN, J.D. ’80 ChasenBoscolo NATHANIEL C. ‘NIEL’ FICK, J.D. ’75, Chair Fick & May HERBERT S. ‘HERB’ GARTEN, A.B.A. ’53 Fedder & Garten LAWRENCE S. ‘LARRY’ 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 STEVEN D. ‘STEVE’ SILVERMAN, J.D. ’91 Silverman | Thompson | Slutkin | White MARIE VAN DEUSEN, J.D. ’89 Morgan Stanley LAURA L. ZOIS, J.D. ’95 Miller & Zois
STEVE SILVERMAN, J.D. ’91, addresses the crowd after receiving the Dean’s Award at the Annual Awards Banquet, held Nov. 3, 2016, at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys in Baltimore.
Law School Advisory Council The Law School Advisory Council supports the dean and provides expertise and perspective on programmatic issues.
THE HON. ARRIE W. DAVIS, LL.B. ’69
TIMOTHY F. ‘TIM’ MALONEY, J.D. ’85
RENÉE BRONFEIN ADES, B.S. ’74, J.D. ’00
THE HON. ANN MARIE DOORY, J.D. ’79
ALBERT J. MEZZANOTTE, J.D. ’81
DEBORAH C. DOPKIN, J.D. ’79
THE HON. JOSEPH F. MURPHY
THE HON. MARVIN J. GARBIS
RONALD W. ‘RON’ PARKER, B.S. ’69, J.D. ’73
MARC J. HASSAN, J.D. ’09
THE HON. CHARLES A. RUPPERSBERGER III, J.D. ’70, LL.D. ’99 (honorary)
STEPHEN Z. KAUFMAN, J.D. ’69
MARIANNE SCHMITT HELLAUER, J.D. ’80
JOHN P. COALE, J.D. ’72
PAUL C. LATCHFORD, J.D. ’73
STEPHEN L. SNYDER, A.A. ’67, J.D. ’70
ISABEL M. CUMMING, MBA ’89, J.D. ’93
THOMAS M. LINGAN, J.D. ’86
JAMES A. ‘JIM’ VIDMAR JR., J.D. ’80, Chair
ANTHONY J. ‘TONY’ AGNONE, J.D. ’78 PETER G. ANGELOS, LL.B. ’61 THE HON. LOUIS A. BECKER III, J.D. ’70 THE HON. PAMILA J. BROWN, J.D. ’79 JOSEPH I. ‘JOE’ CASSILLY, J.D. ’77
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From left: YLAC members RYAN HORKA, J.D. ’15, D. JILL GREEN, J.D. ’94, and RUSSELL RADZIAK, J.D. ’15.
Young Lawyers Alumni Council The Young Lawyers Alumni Council, or YLAC, seeks to encourage the professional development of UB School of Law alumni while fortifying personal and professional relationships among alums.
Members, YLAC Executive Council 2016–17 Chair: RYAN W. HORKA, J.D. ’15 Vice Chair: NICHOLAS B. ‘NICK’ HAWKINS, J.D. ’15, MBA ’17 Awards Co-Chairs: HELEN T. CLARK, J.D. ’11, and MEREDITH M. CIPRIANO, J.D. ’15 Banquet Chair: RUSSELL M. RADZIAK, J.D. ’15
D.C. Alumni Chapter The D.C. Alumni Chapter offers networking and social opportunities for UB School of Law alumni, faculty and students in the Washington area.
Steering Committee Members CLIFTON L. ‘CLIF’ BROWN, J.D. ’78 LEAH CONWAY DEMPSEY, J.D. ’10
Events Chair: SAMANTHA B. ‘SAM’ POSNER, J.D. ’12
Immediate Past Chair: JOHN B. BABER, J.D. ’14 3L Rep: ANTHONY M. COGNETTI, J.D. ’17 2016 Class Reps: ANTHONY W. FADEL, J.D. ’16, and ALLEN E. HONICK, J.D. ’16 2015 Class Reps: JENNIFER L. HARRIS, J.D. ’15, and MAYA ZEGARRA, J.D. ’15 2014 Class Rep: ANGELICA C. BAILEY, J.D. ’14
Scholarship Chair: MORGAN N.G. PERNA. J.D. ’15
2013 Class Rep: MATTHEW C. ‘MATT’ NELSON,
Members at Large: JUSTIN A. BATOFF, J.D. ’10, and DARRYL L. TARVER, J.D. ’14
2012 Class Rep: WILLIAM J. ‘JAMES’ DENVIL,
Engaging with UB alums in the D.C. area has been extremely rewarding, enabling me to reunite with my classmates, network with other alums and mentor young lawyers. Giving of my time, energy and resources is the least I can do — after all, my UB law degree has allowed me to succeed in so many ways! —Felecia Greer, J.D. ’93
KENNETH J. ‘KEN’ GOLDSMITH, J.D. ’93 JOSHUA C. ‘JOSH’ GREENE, J.D. ’02, Chair FELECIA L. GREER, J.D. ’93 DAVID A. ROSENBERG, J.D. ’94 LAURIE N. SOLOMON, J.D. ’85
From left: FELECIA GREER, J.D. ’93, WILLIAM RIGGINS III, J.D. ’93, Dean RONALD WEICH and JOSH GREENE, J.D. ’02, at the D.C. Alumni Chapter’s July 27, 2017, meeting. Fall 2017 | 17 |
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alumni 1960s PETER G. ANGELOS, LL.B. ’61, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award and was named a Lifetime Achievement Honoree. EUGENE KLOMPUS, J.D. ’67, took part in the Chicago Honor Flight, a one-day trip to Washington that honors veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Klompus served with the 62nd Military Police Company (Highway Patrol) in Germany.
1970s ANDREW ‘ANDY’ GEORGELAKOS, J.D. ’72, principal and managing partner of KLNB LLC Commercial Real Estate Services for 17 years, retired in June 2017. FRANK J. BANKOWITZ, J.D. ’74, represented a first-degree murder defendant for whom prosecutors sought a capital trial — and who challenged the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty law. The case went to the Florida Supreme Court, which in October 2016 ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it did not require a unanimous jury to recommend a death sentence. MEYER SIMON, J.D. ’74, was appointed chair of the Fee Dispute and General Practice committees of the Montgomery (Pa.) Bar Association in January 2017. STEVEN K. FEDDER, J.D. ’77, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leadership in Law award.
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ROBERT L. DAVIS, J.D. ’78, was named commissioner of the Bank Examining Division of South Carolina’s State Board of Financial Institutions in January 2017. THE HON. JOHN W. DEBELIUS III, J.D. ’78, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leadership in Law award and was named a Lifetime Achievement Honoree. C. CAREY DEELEY JR., J.D. ’79, was appointed to the Baltimore County Circuit Court in November 2016.
THE HON. HAROLD ENGLISH, J.D. ’87, was elected to a third term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2017. He represents Allegheny County. ROBYN RIDDLE, J.D. ’87, was appointed to the Calvert County District Court in October 2016. THE HON. JOHN MORRISSEY, J.D. ’89, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Influential Marylanders award.
1990s JOSEPH M. BELLEW, LL.M. TAX ’90, rejoined Tydings & Rosenberg in July 2016. ROBERT SYMON, J.D. ’91, was listed as one of the world’s leading construction lawyers by Who’s Who Legal in December 2016. MARK BOYER, J.D. ’92, was appointed in October 2016 to the Washington County Circuit Court.
DARREN MARGOLIS, J.D. ’95, was recognized by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service in October 2016 for 20 years of pro bono service. HARRIS MURPHY, J.D. ’96, was named to the Circuit Court for Kent County in August 2017. He had served as state’s attorney for Kent County since January 2015. CYNTHIA MASKOL, J.D. ’97, joined Wilson Elser’s Baltimore office as a partner in November 2016. CLAUDE DE VASTEY-JONES, J.D. ’98, was appointed deputy state’s attorney for Anne Arundel County in April 2016. HEIDI J. GILMORE, J.D. ’98, was named a Top Lawyer of 2016 by Delaware Today magazine. JENNIFER J. HAMMOND, B.A. ’93, J.D. ’98, joined Green Schoenfeld & Kyle in Fort Myers, Fla., in December 2016. The firm specializes in estate and business planning, probate and corporate law. MELISSA BOYD, J.D. ’99, moderated a panel discussion at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section winter meeting in January 2017. Boyd also took part in a program titled “Child Custody: Practice Ready Skills in a Flipped Classroom.”
MARIANNE SCHMITT HELLAUER, J.D. ’80, was among Maryland’s Top 100 Women, a Daily Record award.
JOHN W. SCHIEVE, B.S. ’88, J.D. ’93, started Scott, Schieve & Associates in February 2015. The law firm is based in Ellicott City.
THE HON. BARBARA B. WAXMAN, J.D. ’80, received the Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award in November 2016 from the Bar Association of Baltimore City. The award recognizes the accomplishments of women lawyers.
DARIO J. BROCCOLINO, J.D. ’70, LL.M. ’94, the Howard County state’s attorney, was reappointed in August 2016 by Gov. Larry Hogan to another four-year term on the State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission.
JANET G. FREEZE, B.A. ’77, J.D. ’83, became deputy director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Financial Management Group in August 2016.
DEBRA M. DAVIS, J.D. ’94, was among 25 women selected in August 2016 to participate in the Governing Institute’s 2017 Women in Government Leadership Program by GOVERNING magazine.
JENNIFER J. STEARMAN, J.D. ’99, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award.
JASON MORTON, J.D. ’94, became a partner at the Hagerstown firm of Salvatore & Morton in November 2016.
MARK FARLEY, J.D. ’00, was appointed human resources director for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education in July 2016.
SUSAN R. GREEN, J.D. ’83, was named one of 2017’s Women Who Move Maryland by Baltimore magazine. The award honors women business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders in the greater Baltimore area. SUSAN GAINEN, J.D. ’84, exhibited a painting, Conversations Connections #24, in the NorthStar National Watermedia Juried Exhibition, held in Hopkins, Minn., in May 2016.
LISA Y. SETTLES, M.P.A. ’94, J.D. ’94, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leadership in Law award. JOANIE RAYMOND BRUBAKER, J.D. ’95, was appointed in August 2016 to the Circuit Court for Frederick County, where she serves as a family magistrate.
ALAN B. NEURICK, J.D. ’99, opened his own firm, Neurick LLC, in September 2015. The firm serves clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
PATRICIA MUHAMMAD, J.D. ’00, reviewed Corporate Social Responsibility, Private Law and Global Supply Chains in the International Social Science Review (2016). Muhammad also published a review of CounterRevolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of
the United States of America in the Journal of African American History (2016). NICOLE R. TAYLOR, J.D. ’00, was appointed to the District Court for Baltimore City in September 2016. AMY E. ASKEW, J.D. ’01, was among Maryland’s Top 100 Women, a Daily Record award. MATTHEW GOLDBERG, J.D. ’01, and his wife, Lisa Rothstein Goldberg, announced the arrival of their daughter, Molly Shoshana, on Feb. 26, 2017. They live in Louisville, Ky., where Matthew is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. DANIEL POWELL, J.D. ’01, was appointed to the Somerset County Circuit Court in August 2017. He previously served as the state’s attorney for Somerset County. ARYAN KUSHAN, J.D. ’02, teaches a course titled “Social Media & the Law” at American University Washington College of Law. The course was highlighted on the university’s website in August 2016. DENNIS ROBINSON, J.D. ’02, was appointed to the Baltimore County Circuit Court in November 2016. RENEE LANE-KUNZ, J.D. ’03, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. CYLIA E. LOWE-SMITH, J.D. ’03, M.S. ’08, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. BRETT S. LININGER, J.D. ’05, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. KATIE M. O’HARA, J.D. ’05, was appointed to the District Court for Baltimore City in September 2016. TERESA TEARE, J.D. ’05, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2016 Leading Women award. MARECO U. EDWARDS, J.D. ’06, served as risk manager and risk counsel for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which was held in Philadelphia in July 2016.
MICHAEL TRENT ZIVKOVICH, J.D. ’06, was named a partner at Whiteford Taylor & Preston in January 2017. ROBERT LEONARD, J.D. ’07, and MARY MCCLIGGOTT, J.D. ’08, welcomed their first child, Eddie, on Jan. 20, 2017. JESSICA MARINE, J.D. ’07, LL.M. ’08, was promoted to partner at Frost & Associates in January 2016. She is based in Annapolis. KIMBERLY NEAL, J.D. ’07, was named president of TranZed Apprenticeship Ventures in November 2016. THOMAS PILKERTON III, J.D. ’07, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Successful by 40 VIP List. G. ADAM RUTHER, J.D. ’07, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. PHILIP A. DACEY, J.D. ’08, was appointed deputy administrator of central operations and safety programs at Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration in May 2016. KHUSHBU SIKARIA, J.D. ’08, received the 2016 Rising Star award from Multifamily Executive magazine in September 2016. FLAVIA WILLIAMSON, J.D. ’08, was among the 2017 winners of The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award.
2010s ASHLEY B. CARTER, J.D. ’10, was elected at-large member of the DC State Board of Education in January 2017. BENJAMIN MEREDITH, J.D. ’10, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Successful by 40 VIP List. REBECCA SMITH, J.D. ’10, spoke at the annual Maryland Workers Compensation Educational Association Conference, held in September 2016 in Ocean City. JESSICA L. PHILLIPS, J.D. ’11, was named one of 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars in January 2017.
JAIME D. COSLOY, J.D. ’12, has been selected to create and teach a course, “Employment Relations in Sports,” for the new Rutgers University Global Sports Business master’s program. Cosloy also teaches two undergraduate classes at Rutgers and is an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board. Cosloy and Seth Schiffman were married on Feb. 19, 2017. SIERRAH B. MITCHELL, J.D. ’12, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leadership in Law award. PAUL THALER, J.D. ’12, was appointed director of external affairs for the National LGBT Bar Association in September 2016. KATE WOLFSON, J.D. ’12, became program manager of the STRIVE Future Leaders program at the Center for Urban Families in January 2017. KAYLEIGH TOTH KEILTY, J.D. ’13, was among those named to The Daily Record’s 2017 Successful by 40 VIP List. HANNAH DAWSON, B.A. ’12, J.D. ’14, married GREGORY MILLER, J.D. ’14, on July 30, 2017. MATTHEW GROGAN, J.D. ’14, has joined Warnken LLC’s workers’ compensation practice. Grogan previously held a clerkship in the Circuit Court for Harford County. ASHLEY PHILLIPS, J.D. ’14, began working at Maryland Legal Aid as a staff attorney under the One Baltimore for Jobs Initiative on April 29, 2016. RYAN WALBURN, J.D. ’14, was among the winners of The Daily Record’s 2017 Leadership in Law award. SAMANTHA K. MCGOVERN, J.D. ’15, was hired in October 2016 by Senior Legal Services, or SLS, as its Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps fellow. SLS is a joint program of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Bar Foundation. ANEESA KHAN, J.D. ’17, received the C.B. King Award from the National Lawyers Guild in August 2017. The award recognized Khan’s work with the law school’s NLG chapter,
which grew from six to 60 members during her tenure as chapter president from 2015 to 2017. Four UB law graduates work at Pikesville-based Janet, Jenner & Suggs, which was selected by National Trial Lawyers magazine as one of the top 25 law firms in the nation. The alumni are HOWARD A. JANET, J.D. ’79, GILES MANLEY, J.D. ’04, SHARON R. MORGAN, J.D. ’04, and JASON PENN, J.D. ’06.
faculty publications Books JOHN BESSLER Professor Bessler published The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition (Carolina Academic Press, 2017). Bessler’s latest book, The Celebrated Marquis: An Italian Noble and the Making of the Modern World, is to be published by Carolina Academic Press in January 2018. It will be the eighth book on capital punishment that Bessler has written or edited. ERIC EASTON Professor Easton’s new book, Defending the Masses: A Progressive Lawyer’s Battles for Free Speech, is to be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in January 2018. MARGARET JOHNSON Professor Johnson, with Carolyn Grose, published a clinical education and lawyering-skills textbook, Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework for Law Students and Practitioners (Carolina Academic Press, 2017). KENNETH LASSON Professor Lasson released a new book, Defending Truth: The Quest for Honesty about Jews and Israel (Hadassa World Press, 2017). It is Lasson’s 11th book. MICHAEL MEYERSON DLA Piper Professor of Law Meyerson is a co-author of Cable and Other Nonbroadcast Video, which was updated in 2016. Fall 2017 | 19 |
notes WALTER SCHWIDETZKY Professor Schwidetzky published Limited Liability Company Handbook 2016–2017 (Thomson Reuters, 2016). AMY SLOAN Professor Sloan published a second edition of her textbook, Researching the Law: Finding What You Need When You Need It (Aspen Publishers, 2016). Sloan and her co-authors published a fifth edition of Basic Legal Research Workbook (Aspen Publishers, 2016).
Articles, Chapters, Reports & Op-Eds JOSÉ ANDERSON Professor Anderson’s op-ed “Trumping the Court” appeared in The AFRO on Feb. 4, 2017. BARBARA BABB In early 2017, Professor Babb published two articles in Family Court Review, “Editorial Notes” and “Another Look at the Need for Family Law Education Reform: One Law School’s Innovations.” Babb became editor in chief of the publication in January 2017. JOHN BESSLER Professor Bessler contributed a chapter to the Handbook on Capital Punishment (Routledge, 2017), “The American Death Penalty: A Short (but Long) History.” Bessler’s article “The Economist and the Enlightenment: How Cesare Beccaria Changed Western Civilization” was published in the European Journal of Law and Economics 28 (2016). Bessler contributed an article, “The Inequality of America’s Death Penalty: A Crossroads for Capital Punishment at the Intersection of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments,” to 73 Washington and Lee Law Review Online 487 (2016). Bessler’s article “The Italian Enlightenment and the American Revolution: Cesare
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Beccaria’s Forgotten Influence on American Law” appeared in 37 Mitchell Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy (2016). FRED BROWN Professor Brown contributed an article, “Permitting Abused Spouses to Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit in Separate Returns,” to 22 William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 453 (2016). Brown’s op-ed “Trump’s Tax Plan Is ‘With You’ If You’re Rich” appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Aug. 3, 2016. GREGORY DOLIN Professor Dolin was the coauthor, with Irina D. Manta, of “Parallel State,” which appeared in 38 Cardozo Law Review 2083 (2017). Dolin’s op-ed “Why a strong patent system is vital” was published in The Washington Times on Jan. 8, 2017. Dolin contributed an oped to The Washington Times, “The Comcast-TiVo dispute isn’t close enough for instant replay,” on Aug. 17, 2017. GARRETT EPPS Professor Epps, the Supreme Court correspondent for The Atlantic, contributed more than 50 columns to the magazine since fall 2016. To access the archives of his work, visit theatlantic.com/author/ garrett-epps. A portion of Epps’s March 29, 2017, Atlantic column, “The Fundamental Dishonesty of the Gorsuch Hearings,” was quoted by Sen. Patrick Leahy on April 3, when the Vermont Democrat explained why he decided to vote against the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. CASSANDRA JONES HAVARD Professor Havard contributed an op-ed, “U.S. must prioritize financial inclusion,” to The Baltimore Sun on Dec. 6, 2016. MICHELE GILMAN Venable Professor of Law Gilman contributed a chapter, “Wyman v. James: Privacy as a Luxury Not for the Poor,” to The Poverty Law Canon (University of Michigan Press, 2016). Gilman published an essay on Oct. 31, 2016, in The Conversation, an online
source of news and views from the academic and research communities. The article, “Why the Supreme Court matters for workers,” was reprinted by several media outlets and was cited in a Nov. 2, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor briefing. Gilman’s article “En-Gendering Economic Inequality” appeared in 32 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 1 (2016). Gilman was a co-author of “Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans,” which appeared in 95 Washington University Law Review 53 (2017). NIENKE GROSSMAN Professor Grossman’s article “Shattering the Glass Ceiling in International Adjudication” was published in 56 Virginia Journal of International Law (2016). Grossman’s paper “Achieving Sex-Representative International Court Benches” was the subject of a September 2016 symposium in AJIL Unbound, the online forum of the American Society of International Law. STEVEN GROSSMAN Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law Grossman contributed an Oct. 11, 2016, op-ed to The Baltimore Sun, “Grow up and get over your Hillary hang-ups.” Grossman published “Whither Reasonable Suspicion: The Supreme Court’s Functional Abandonment of the Reliability Requirement for Fourth Amendment Seizures” in 53 American Criminal Law Review 349 (2016). Grossman’s op-ed “Confederate statues symbolize and elevate racism” appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Aug. 21, 2017. DANIEL HATCHER Professor Hatcher’s article “Medicaid Maximization and Diversion: Illusory State Practices that Convert Federal Aid into General State Revenue” appeared in 39 Seattle University Law Review (2016). Hatcher contributed “The Poverty Industry: How Foster Care Agencies Exploit Children in Their Care” to the Center for American Progress’s Talk Poverty website on June 24, 2016.
Hatcher’s article “Transform the Poverty Industry: Stop States Pocketing Aid Via Contractors” appeared on June 29, 2016, in Nonprofit Quarterly. Hatcher published “Transform the Poverty Industry” on openDemocracy’s Transformation website on June 21, 2016. Hatcher contributed an article, “Remembering AntiEssentialism: Relationship Dynamics Study and Resulting Policy Considerations Impacting Low-Income Mothers, Fathers, and Children,” to 35 Law & Inequality 239 (2017). F. MICHAEL HIGGINBOTHAM Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of Law Higginbotham contributed a Sept. 20, 2016, op-ed to The Baltimore Sun, “What do blacks have to lose? Let me tell you.” Higginbotham’s op-ed “A battle for America’s racial soul” appeared in The Baltimore Sun on June 8, 2016. WILLIAM HUBBARD Professor Hubbard co-wrote two articles for the Law 360 website: “Considerations for State Universities After PTAB Win” (2017) and “Brexit and Supplemental Protection Certificates” (2016). Hubbard co-wrote “Brexit Produces New Problems for Enforcing Judgments in Europe,” which appeared in AIPLA Newsstand (2016). Hubbard’s article “Razing the Patent Bar” appeared in 59 Arizona Law Review 383 (2017). DAVID JAROS Professor Jaros was the co-author, with Adam S. Zimmerman, of “Judging Aggregate Settlement,” which appeared in 94 Washington University Law Review 545 (2017). MARGARET JOHNSON Professor Johnson’s commentary on Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. was published in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge, 2016). DIONNE KOLLER Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Koller published an op-ed, “An Olympic Anti-Doping Champion,” in The New York Times on June 16, 2016.
ROBERT LANDE Venable Professor of Law Lande was among the authors of Choice: A new standard for competition law analysis? Institute of Competition Law (2016). KENNETH LASSON Professor Lasson contributed an op-ed, “Why Trump Should Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem,” to The Jerusalem Post on Jan. 14, 2017. JAIME LEE Professor Lee was a co-author of “Building Community, Still Thirsty for Justice: Supporting Community Development Efforts in Baltimore,” published in 25 Journal of Affordable Housing 27 (2016). MATTHEW LINDSAY Professor Lindsay contributed “The Presumptions of Classical Liberal Constitutionalism” to 102 Iowa Law Review Online 259 (2017). ZINA MAKAR Clinical fellow Makar, codirector of the Pretrial Justice Clinic, contributed a Nov. 17, 2016, op-ed to The New York Times, “Bail Reform Begins with the Bench.” HUGH MCCLEAN Professor McClean, director of The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic, contributed an article, “Leaving Other Than Honorable Soldiers Behind,” to the April 17, 2017, Maryland State Bar Association Bar Bulletin. MICHAEL MEYERSON DLA Piper Professor of Law Meyerson contributed an op-ed to The Baltimore Sun, “Framers wouldn’t stand for Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration ban,” on Feb. 8, 2017. JANE MURPHY Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law Murphy contributed two op-eds to The Baltimore Sun: “Why the Jolie-Pitt divorce won’t be like Kramer vs. Kramer” (Sept. 30, 2016) and “Reform Md. parole to offer a ‘meaningful opportunity for release’” (Feb. 19, 2017). Murphy published two articles in the Concurring Opinions blog: “Legal Recognition of De Facto Parents: Victory for Same-Sex Parents or Threat to Parental
Autonomy?” (September 2016) and “Fleecing of America’s Poor: Dan Hatcher’s The Poverty Industry” (October 2016), a book review. MAX OPPENHEIMER Oppenheimer’s article “Defending Breakthrough Innovation: The History and Future of State Patent Law” appeared in 20 UCLA Journal of Law & Technology 1 (2016). NATALIE RAM Professor Ram’s article “Science as Speech” was published in 102 Iowa Law Review 1187 (2017). ROBERT RUBINSON Professor Rubinson contributed an article, “Indigency, Secrecy, and Questions of Quality: Minimizing the Risk of ‘Bad’ Mediation for Low-Income Litigants,” to 100 Marquette Law Review 1353 (2017). WALTER SCHWIDETZKY Professor Schwidetzky published two articles in Tax Notes: “The Negative Capital Account Maze” (2016) and “The Choice of Entity Decision in a Blueprint World” (2017). Schwidetzky’s article “Partnership Tax Allocations: The Basics” appeared in the May 2017 issue of Colorado Lawyer. MORTIMER SELLERS Professor Sellers contributed a chapter, “Liberty and Republican Government in America: New Rome,” to Italy in the White House 18 (2016). AMY SLOAN Professor Sloan, with Professor COLIN STARGER, published “New Wine in Old Wineskins: Metaphor and Legal Research” in 92 Notre Dame Law Review Online 1 (2016). LISA SPARKS Practitioner in residence Sparks, B.A. ’04, J.D. ’07, published an article, “The Regression of ‘Good Faith’ in Maryland Commercial Law,” in 47 University of Baltimore Law Forum 17 (2016). Sparks co-wrote “The Surety’s Obligation to Meet Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Requirements,” which was published in the proceedings
of the 27th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference (2016). COLIN STARGER Professor Starger, with Professor AMY SLOAN, published “New Wine in Old Wineskins: Metaphor and Legal Research” in 92 Notre Dame Law Review Online 1 (2016). CHARLES TIEFER Professor Tiefer, a regular contributor to Forbes.com, has published more than three dozen columns since fall 2016. To access the archives of his articles, visit forbes.com/sites/ charlestiefer. Tiefer co-wrote an article, “Congressional and Presidential War Powers as a Dialogue: Analysis of the Syrian and ISIS Conflicts,” that appeared in 49 Cornell International Law Journal 683 (2017). Tiefer published “The Silencing of Senator Warren” in Harvard Law and Policy Review on Feb. 22, 2017. EMILY TORSTVEIT NGARA Clinical fellow Torstveit Ngara published “Aliens, Aggravated Felons, and Worse: When Words Breed Fear and Fear Breeds Injustice” in 12 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties 389 (2016). ANGELA VALLARIO Professor Vallario, J.D. ’91, contributed “The Elective Share Has No Friends: Creditors Trump Spouse in the Battle Over the Revocable Trust” to 45 Capital University Law Review 333 (2017). KIMBERLY WEHLE Professor Wehle contributed an op-ed to The Baltimore Sun, “Pardon power is not absolute” (Aug. 28, 2017). She was interviewed on Fox 5 TV the following day about presidential pardon power. RONALD WEICH Dean Weich contributed an op-ed, “More work to be done on Md. bail reform,” to The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 9, 2017.
faculty activities Professor JOSÉ ANDERSON took part in an Oct. 21, 2016, symposium on judicial elections in Maryland. Among the speakers were Judge Shirley M. Watts, Maryland Court of Appeals; Judge HARRY C. STORM, J.D. ’79, Montgomery County Circuit Court; Judge Alexander Williams Jr. (ret.), U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. (ret.), Maryland Court of Appeals; and William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., senior and founding partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Professor BARBARA BABB was named the director of the law school’s new PostJ.D. Certificate in Family Law program in May 2017. Babb, director of UB’s Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, writes and speaks often about family law issues. The certificate program, which began this fall, is for new attorneys and for experienced attorneys seeking to add family law to their practice. Professor JOHN BESSLER discussed his book The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition at a March 16, 2017, book event at the law center. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, offered commentary. Professor PHILLIP CLOSIUS appeared before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Dec. 15, 2016, in the case of Richard Dent v. NFL. Closius is among the attorneys representing the appellants in the class-action lawsuit, which involves former football players’ allegations that they were given painkillers without prescription by the National Football League, which, the players say, did not warn them of possible side effects. Professor GREGORY DOLIN spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24, 2017. His comments were reported in Vox and The Street. On Feb. 6, 2017, Dolin and Fall 2017 | 21 |
notes Professor NATALIE RAM, codirectors of UB’s Center for Medicine and the Law, held a symposium, “Aid in Dying and the End-of-Life Option Act: Issues & Answers for the Policy Debate.” Dolin was appointed in May 2017 to the Clifton T. Perkins Center Advisory Board by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Dolin, who has an M.D. as well as a J.D., will complete a former board member’s unexpired term, which runs through July 1, 2018. The Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center is a maximum-security psychiatric facility operated by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Professor Epps gave the keynote address at the Savannah Law Review’s American Legal Fictions Colloquium on Sept. 16, 2016. Epps’s talk, “Heaven and Earth Shall Pass Away: Law as the Supreme Fiction,” followed a daylong series of presentations, including one by Professor J. AMY DILLARD titled “Terry Stops — The Myth of Reasonable Articulable Suspicion.”
Professor JESSICA EMERSON, J.D. ’13, director of UB’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project, was a panelist on a Jan. 31, 2017, American Bar Association webinar titled “Vacatur and Expungement Relief for Human Trafficking Victims.” The clinic’s partnership with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service was the focus of an Aug. 13, 2017, segment on WJZ-TV (CBS) that featured a discussion with Emerson and MVLS Deputy Director SUSAN FRANCIS, J.D. ’11.
Professor NIENKE GROSSMAN spoke at the United Nations on Oct. 27, 2016, as part of a panel discussion, “Gender Balance and Diversity in International Adjudication: A Glass Ceiling?” Grossman organized the Feb. 20, 2017, visit to the law school by Syrian human-rights advocate Radwan Ziadeh, who discussed the humanitarian crisis in Syria, as well as plans to rebuild a civil society in the war-torn nation. On March 23–24, 2017, Grossman participated in a conference, “Gender on the International Bench,” that was organized by the PluriCourts Center of Excellence at the University of Oslo in Norway. Grossman gave an opening presentation and discussed her paper about the first African woman judge on the International Court of Justice. In April 2017, Grossman was named to a panel that assessed six nominees for three positions on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Professor GARRETT EPPS and Wilson H. Elkins Professor LYLE DENNISTON marked Constitution Day on Sept. 19, 2016, with a discussion about the Supreme Court and its relationship to U.S. politics. Denniston, who retired as a correspondent in July 2017 after covering the Supreme Court since 1958, presented two more lectures last fall at UB as part of a series titled “Citizenship and Freedom: The Supreme Court and American Politics.” (See story and photo on page 6.) The second lecture, “When the Politicians Pick the Voters,” took place Oct. 20, 2016. The third, on Nov. 16, 2016, was a discussion between Denniston and Dean RONALD WEICH titled “The Trump Presidency: What It Means for the Supreme Court.”
Professor DANIEL HATCHER’s recent book, The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, was named one of the best new works of poverty law scholarship in a review published Nov. 23, 2016, in Jotwell: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). Hatcher was quoted in an Atlantic article, “When Prisoners Are a ‘Revenue Opportunity’” (Aug. 10, 2017). Discussing jails and prisons that use “video visitation” technology provided by private contractors — a service that, the article said, can cost prisoners up to $1 per minute, plus fees — Hatcher said: “Video visitation is a link in the whole system that sees inmates as a revenue opportunity. … It’s part of a
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larger system that sees the broader vulnerable family as a revenue opportunity, too.” RENEE HATCHER, who was a clinical teaching fellow in the Community Development Clinic, testified Oct. 25, 2016, at a Baltimore City Council hearing about water affordability and water shutoffs in the city. A story on the Baltimore Brew news website quoted Hatcher: “Typically, the city shuts off about 3,000 households a year, but in March 2015 about 8,000 were shut off. Roughly 4,000 of those accounts were not turned back on for a full year.” Hatcher left UB at the end of 2016 to direct the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at The John Marshall Law SchoolChicago. Professor MICHAEL HAYES returned to the UB School of Law after spending nearly four years at the U.S. Department of Labor. President Barack Obama appointed Hayes as a deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Labor-Management Standards, a position Hayes assumed in August 2013. Hayes, who taught at UB for 15 years before beginning work at the Department of Labor, is known for his expertise in employment law, collective bargaining and workplace discrimination, among other aspects of labor law. On May 3, 2017, at an American Bar Association conference in San Francisco, Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of Law F. MICHAEL HIGGINBOTHAM and DLA Piper Professor of Law MICHAEL MEYERSON accepted the 2017 Diversity Leadership Award from the ABA’s Section of Litigation for their work on the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. (See story that begins on page 10.) Professor MARGARET JOHNSON joined former Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski on the dais at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, on April 10, 2017, as part of the University System of Maryland’s Langenberg Lecture and Symposium, “Civil Education, Civic Engagement and Civic Responsibility: Foundation of a Democratic Society.”
Professor ELIZABETH KEYES, director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, was among several UB School of Law faculty members who took part in a Feb. 6, 2017, discussion about President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Keyes was among the speakers at an April 17, 2017, panel discussion, “The Asylum Process in America,” that was sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association and the International Law Society. DIONNE KOLLER, now associate dean for academic affairs, organized a Sept. 23, 2016, conference, “The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: The View from the Bench and Bar,” which featured commentary by federal Judges Paul Grimm, John Koeltl and John Facciola, among others. On March 9, 2017, Professor KENNETH LASSON discussed his new book, Defending Truth: The Quest for Honesty about Jews and Israel. Professor NIENKE GROSSMAN offered commentary. Dean Julius Isaacson Professor of Law AUDREY MCFARLANE received the 2017 Franklin D. Cleckley Award for outstanding faculty contributions by the Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law JANE MURPHY spoke at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law on Feb. 21, 2017. Her talk was titled “Advocating Before the Maryland Parole Commission.” CHRISTOPHER (C.J.) PETERS, then the UB School of Law’s associate dean for scholarship, spoke Dec. 7, 2016, on a panel discussing as-applied Second Amendment challenges at the Second Amendment Litigation and Jurisprudence Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was sponsored by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Peters left UB in June to become the dean of the University of Akron School of Law. (See story on page 6.)
Carolina Academic Press chose Professor AMY SLOAN to revise Richard C. Wydick’s Plain English for Lawyers. The classic work, now in its fifth edition, has sold more than a million copies and has been described by The New York Times as “the most popular legal text today,” according to the publisher. Practitioner in residence LISA SPARKS, B.A. ’04, J.D. ’07, was featured in 2017 Maryland Super Lawyers’ January issue. The article focused on the pro bono “Rosie the Lawyer” program that Sparks leads at Wright Constable & Skeen, where she practices construction law. The program teaches high school girls in challenging circumstances about the law and about the professional world in general.
Charlottesville, Va., on April 8–9, 2017. Eighty-four law school teams took part. UB’s top team went 3-0 on the first day, beating Penn (43-0) and Fordham (32-3) and gaining a forfeit win from Northwestern. The next day, in the single elimination phase, UB beat Duke (16-7) and Cumberland (16-15, with the help of a grand slam in UB’s last at bat) before facing Florida Coastal in the final four game. Of that matchup, Stone said, “We ran out of steam.”
Professor COLIN STARGER and MICHELE NETHERCOTT, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, were quoted in a Dec. 16, 2016, Washington Post article, “In Maryland, public defenders bear uneven burden.” Starger said the situation had reached a “brutal level” where public defenders are unable to provide proper representation to clients. Said Nethercott: “There’s a crisis in indigent defense.”
This spring and summer, Professor CHARLES TIEFER testified three times on Capitol Hill about the importance of congressional investigations into potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump and his associates during the 2016 presidential campaign. Tiefer stressed the importance of coordinating congressional inquiries with the simultaneous investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. A former general counsel (acting) of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, Tiefer also served as special deputy chief counsel of the House Iran-Contra Committee in the 1980s.
Professor DONALD STONE and 80 UB law students participated in the 34th Annual UVA Law Softball Tournament in
Dean RONALD WEICH took part in a Nov. 10, 2016, Daily Record webinar that explored how the election of Donald Trump could
affect Marylanders. Weich’s comments focused on the legal landscape.
staff activities Assistant Dean for Career Development D. JILL GREEN, J.D. ’94, left the law school in late July 2017 to become the associate dean for student services and career development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Green, who began work at UB in 2006, was “resourceful, indefatigable and hugely successful in helping UB students begin their legal careers, even in the difficult job market of recent years,” Dean RONALD WEICH wrote in a message to law school faculty and staff. “She is also deeply involved in the Maryland legal community and has been an amazing ambassador for UB throughout the region.” Green contributed an article, “The Times They Have A-Changed,” to the May/June 2017 issue of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Bar Journal. For the sixth year in a row, Green took first place in the women’s 5K race during the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers
Section Sun Run. The race was held June 16, 2017, during the annual bar association meeting in Ocean City. MICHELLE JUNOT, M.F.A. ’14, the law school’s director of alumni relations and assistant director of communications, published her second book, Notes From My Phone* (Mason Jar Press, 2016). Her first book, and the floor was always lava, was published in 2014. CATHERINE MOORE, coordinator for UB’s international law programs, resigned from the law school in August 2017 to take a position with the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Moore now works as a planning officer for the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Dungu, in the far northeast of the country. She is focusing on community violence-reduction projects. In addition, Moore represents a detainee at the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Working on a pro-bono basis, she is part of a defense team made up of military and civilian attorneys. This past summer, Moore traveled to The Hague to research the Dutch city’s various international criminal tribunals. She attended hearings and met with prosecutors, defense counsel and court officers.
in memoriam Dennis A. Alessi, J.D. ’73 Robert A. Amos, LL.M. ’50
Andrew Allan “Andy” Goletz, J.D. ’67 (admissions director)
The Hon. Aaron A. Baer, LL.B. ’37
David E. Griffin, J.D. ’91
Bernard C. “Bernie” McGinn Jr., LL.B. ’69
Margaret M. “Maggie” Gutierrez, J.D. ’90
T. Bryan McIntire Jr., LL.B. ’56
Dean A. Siedlecki, J.D. ’88
John I. McKenna Sr., J.D. ’63
Melvin N. Siegel, J.D. ’64
Thomas J. McLaughlin, J.D. ’86
W. Lawrence Stowers, J.D. ’71
Charles A. McNemar, LL.B. ’68
Elwood E. Swam, LL.B. ’67
Richard D. Neidig, J.D. ’75
James F. Talley, J.D. ’66
Col. John E. Betts, J.D. ’80 The Hon. A. “Gordon” Boone Jr., LL.B. ’63 James C. Calwell Sr., J.D. ’71
Wesley K. Harris Jr., J.D. ’65 Phillip J. “Phil” Howard, LL.B. ’66
William T. “Bill” McFaul, J.D. ’60
William N. “Bill” Scherer Sr., LL.B. ’62 Norman O. Scott, J.D. ’79
Walter S. Calwell Jr., LL.B. ’56
The Hon. Christian M. Kahl, LL.B. ’63
Lester E. “Les” Carlson, J.D. ’73
Gerald T. Levin, LL.B. ’51
Raymond J. Otlowski, J.D. ’74
Jerome W. “Jerre” Taylor, J.D. ’49
James P. Davenport, J.D. ’51
James C. Lindsay, LL.B. ’64
Marc C. Paradis, LL.M. ’94
Millicent E. Tyler, J.D. ’91
Charles P. Deem, LL.B. ’62
John F. Loome, LL.B. ’68
Anthony J. Vendemia, J.D. ’64
Bernard J. Deinlein Jr., J.D. ’70
Suzanne M. Luthe, J.D. ’91
Robert Pomerance (adjunct professor)
Kim M. DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ’85
John T. “Jack” Madden Jr., J.D. ’81
Gene M. Raynor, LL.B. ’66
Charles F. Wilhelm, J.D. ’72
Haig Ellian, J.D. ’71
Daniel J. Marcus, J.D. ’63
Thomas G. Redman, J.D. ’72
David G. Willemain, J.D. ’74
Andre Fauntleroy, LL.B. ’67
Martin E. “Marty” Marvel, J.D. ’60
Mark F. Reynolds II, J.D. ’75
Brian W. Young, J.D. ’97
Haskell M. Feldman, J.D. ’72
Earle G. Maseth, J.D. ’65
Wilmer L. Riggs Jr., J.D. ’74
Swazette D. Young, J.D. ’88
Kenneth Golberg, J.D. ’75
John E. McCann Sr., LL.B. ’63
Joshua Roseman, J.D. ’56
Robert S. Zelko, LL.B. ’59
Charles F. Wagner, J.D. ’89
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in closing By Jane Murphy
ne of the great strengths of the
for crimes committed as juveniles are entitled
UB School of Law is its willing-
to a “meaningful opportunity for release.”
ness to test new ideas.
For most prisoners, that means a parole
Not long after arriving at UB
hearing. Knowing that prisoners are not
in the late 1980s, I created the
entitled to counsel at such hearings, we
Family Law Clinic to give students practical
saw a clear, unmet legal need — and UB’s
experience while also providing low-income
Juvenile Justice Project was born.
Baltimoreans with much-needed represen-
This fall, the clinic begins its second year
tation. The clinic launched UB’s clinical
representing people serving life terms for
law program, today widely recognized as a
crimes committed when they were children.
leader in clinical legal education and ranked
Most have been in prison for more than
No. 12 nationwide this year by U.S. News &
World Report. Fast forward almost 30 years to the inception of UB’s Juvenile Justice Project.
For many of our clients, a “meaningful opportunity for release” seems unattainable. Consider the case of clinic client Carleana
A series of Supreme Court cases had
Kirby, who was 15 in 1998 when she took
acknowledged what common sense and
part in the botched holdup of a Baltimore
neuroscience make clear: Children’s brains
tavern in which a server was killed. Kirby
are not fully developed. Unlike adults,
was convicted in the woman’s death.
juveniles don’t appreciate risks, have trouble
While parole hearings are generally closed
resisting peer pressure and don’t grasp the
to all but the potential parolee and the parole
consequences of their actions.
commissioners, open parole hearings are
But it is thanks to their still-developing brains that adolescents are able to change and mature — to become, in penological terms, rehabilitated. In the most recent of the Supreme Court
allowed when a victim’s survivors seek to describe the impact of the crime on their lives. The daughter of the server made an emotional appeal to the commissioners, asking them to deny parole to the woman who she
cases, Montgomery v. Louisiana, the court
said had ruined her life. The hearing was
held that people sentenced to life in prison
described in a column in The Baltimore Sun.
A series of Supreme Court cases had acknowledged what common sense and neuroscience make clear: Children’s brains are not fully developed. … It is thanks to their stilldeveloping brains that adolescents are able to change and mature — to become, in penological terms, rehabilitated. | 24 | Baltimore Law
The Sun column, while providing a rare glimpse of a parole hearing, did not mention a few notable features of the process. According to standard parole commission practice, Kirby was forbidden to face the victim’s daughter. She could not make eye contact with or address the family directly to express her remorse. (Indeed, Kirby has not been allowed to express her remorse to the victim’s family at any time during her imprisonment. The Maryland Department of Corrections prohibits prisoners from contacting crime victims or their families.) At the hearing, Kirby was also not allowed to have a character witness — a chaplain or a prison official who watched her effectively grow up in prison — testify to her maturation into a responsible adult. It is an unfortunate reflection on our criminal justice system that, nearly 20 years after a crime, the only place the victim’s family could express its pain to Kirby — and the only opportunity Kirby had to express her remorse to the family — was at an adversarial hearing. Kirby was denied parole. She is entitled to another hearing in 10 years. No matter how discouraging, cases like Kirby’s present opportunities to learn. Learning from experience and reflection is the bedrock of clinical education. After Kirby’s unsuccessful hearing, Juvenile Justice Project student-attorneys and faculty focused on potential new approaches: Could an action be filed in court to help Kirby? How can principles of restorative justice be worked into the current system? What legislative remedies should the clinic pursue during the next General Assembly session? It promises to be a busy year for the Juvenile Justice Project. Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law JANE MURPHY directs the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Project and is the co-director of UB’s Mediation Clinic for Families. She is the co-author, most recently, of Divorced from Reality: Rethinking Family Dispute Resolution (NYU Press, 2015).
You are cordially invited to
the University of Baltimore
School of Law’s 2ND ANNUAL ALUMNI AWARDS BANQUET hosted by the Young Lawyers Alumni Council (YLAC). The banquet will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Stadium Ballroom at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (110 South Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201).
WE ARE PLEASED TO HONOR THE FOLLOWING ALUMNI:
KATHERINE A. ‘KATIE’ DORIAN, J.D. ’13
HEIDI L. LEVINE, J.D. ’95
THE HON. DANIEL M. LONG, J.D. ’74
JAMES P. ‘JIM’ NOLAN, J.D. ’74
Rising Star Award
Byron Warnken Distinguished Alumni Award
Distinguished Judicial Award
D. JILL GREEN, J.D. ’94, WILL GIVE THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS Tickets: ■
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Tickets and more information at
1420 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201
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