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Summer 2013

July 16, 2013

FROM THE CENTERS

CFCC: The Center for Families, Children and the Court’s Truancy Court Program ended its spring session with 98 graduates, who achieved a minimum 65 percent decrease in unexcused absences and/or “tardies” and demonstrated improved classroom behavior and academic performance. CFCC operated the program in eight Baltimore City and two Montgomery County public schools during the 2012-2013 school year and provided technical assistance in a third Montgomery County school.

More than 200 people attended CFCC’s fifth Urban Child Symposium, “A Holistic Approach to the Urban Child’s Trauma: From the Eyes of the Beholder,” on April 4. Rain Pryor — singer, actress, producer and daughter of the comedian Richard Pryor – gave the keynote address and spoke about her experience with trauma.  Panelists included professionals from the medical, judicial, social service, law enforcement and legal communities. A podcast of the symposium is available at http://law.ubalt.edu/centers/cfcc.

The center has received $83,751 for fiscal year 2014 from the Department of Family Administration’s Special Projects Grant Program of the Maryland Judiciary. The grant helps CFCC operate its Truancy Court Program in the Baltimore City Public Schools.

In addition, CFCC received a $15,000 grant from the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund to support the Truancy Court Program.  The UB Foundation submitted the proposal on behalf of CFCC.

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CICL: The University of Baltimore School of Law and the Center for International and Comparative Law were the hosts May 21 to 23 to the annual meeting of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education and its academic colloquium on “Multi-level-governance and Federalism.” Professors C.J. Peters and Mortimer Sellers spoke at the colloquium and Professors James Maxeiner and Nienke Grossman chaired sessions.

On April 3, Professor Anne Peters, professor at the University of Basel and president of the European Society of International Law, gave the University of Baltimore Stead Lecture, “Transparency in International Law.”

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FROM THE CLINICS

In the spring semester, law students in the Community Development Clinic taught approximately 70 local entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders about small business and social enterprise law. The students offered four free lectures to the public as part of their clinical education, honing their legal research and public-speaking skills while expanding the law school’s engagement with the local community.

Professors Leigh Goodmark and Jaime Lee co-presented on social justice and clinical teaching at the 2013 American Association of Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, held April 28 to May 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Professors Jaime Lee and Cassandra Havard are among eight faculty members selected to participate in an interdisciplinary, university-wide group focused on teaching entrepreneurship. The project is co-sponsored by UB’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Center for Learning, Teaching and Technology.

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FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS

BARBARA BABB

Professor Babb, director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, spoke May 31 at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in Los Angeles. She discussed changes and trends in family courts.

Babb spoke at an April 19 symposium honoring the retirement of Maryland Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. She discussed Bell’s leadership in developing and implementing Maryland’s Family Divisions, which began operation in 1998.

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ERIC EASTON

Professor Easton was quoted in a May 3 Baltimore Sun story about a legal challenge to the Carroll County Board of Commissioners’ practice of opening meetings with prayers.

The Maryland State Bar Association is to publish Handbook on Intellectual Property Law, which includes a chapter by Easton titled “Copyright.”

In March, Easton completed a three-year term as chair of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the Maryland State Bar Association and became immediate past chair of the section.

On March 27, Easton gave a talk at the law school about his new book, Mobilizing the Press: Defending the First Amendment in the Supreme Court.  In April he was named Faculty Member of the Year by the Black Law Students Association.

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WENDY GERZOG

Professor Gerzog published two papers: “Valuing Fractional Interests in Art for Estate Tax Purposes,” 139 Tax Notes ___ (May 27, 2013) and “When Sommers Are Winters: Do Blanks Denote Revocability?” 138 Tax Notes 1477 (March 25, 2013).

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MICHELE GILMAN

Professor Gilman, director of the Civil Advocacy Clinic and co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, presented “The Return of the Welfare Queen” at a symposium titled “Gender Matters: Women, Social Policy and the 2012 Election” on April 2 at American University Washington College of Law. The paper is to be published in a symposium volume of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.

Gilman also facilitated the Scholarship Support Working Group at the AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education and organized the works-in-progress sessions for the conference.

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LEIGH GOODMARK

Professor Goodmark took part in a May 2 HuffPost Live report about victims of domestic violence who are punished for speaking out.

In a March 26 op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, “Put blame for domestic homicides where it belongs: on the killers,” Goodmark said that instead of blaming the criminal justice system or abused women themselves for the harm they suffer, Americans need to look “at the myriad ways that we contribute to a climate in which violence against women continues at ridiculous rates.”

This spring, Goodmark was named Faculty Member of the Year by the Baltimore Women’s Bar Association and also received the Robert M. Bell Award from UBSPI.

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NIENKE GROSSMAN

Professor Grossman’s article “The Normative Legitimacy of International Courts” was selected for presentation at the Harvard/Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, which took place at Yale Law School on June 14 and 15.

Grossman also spoke on a panel on the International Court of Justice and Human Rights on May 31 at American University’s Washington College of Law.

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MICHAEL HIGGINBOTHAM

Professor Higginbotham and his new book, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America, were the subject of an April 7 Daily Record story. (You will need a password to read the full article.)

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MARGARET JOHNSON

Professor Johnson’s most recent article, “A Home with Dignity: Domestic Violence and Property Rights,” was accepted for publication by Brigham Young University Law Review. Johnson presented the paper April 30 at the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Johnson presented a work in progress, “Reconstructing Gender Through Law: Security (Not Safety) Should Be The Goal of Domestic Violence Law,” at the Law and Society Annual Meeting in Boston on May 30.

Johnson has been appointed chair of the Planning Committee for the 2014 American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Clinical Legal Education Conference, which is the largest section of the AALS and hosts the annual conference for clinical law professors.

Johnson was included in a list of the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland by onlineschoolsmaryland.com.

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ELIZABETH KEYES

Professor Keyes was quoted on WAMU 88.5 June 7 as part of a program titled “Young ‘Dreamers’ Work to Shift Immigration Debate.” While the DREAM Act has repeatedly failed in Congress, young immigrants have succeeded in reframing the debate, Keyes said: “They really opened and shifted the conversation out of that stalemate we were in for years, since 2007.”

Keyes spoke on U.S. clinical legal education at the 2013 Law and Legal Education in the Americas Conference, held in June by the University of Detroit Mercy.

Keyes published two articles in May: “Maryland’s Views on Immigrants and Immigration” was published by the University of Baltimore Law Forum, and “Beyond Saints and Sinners: The Need for New Narratives in U.S. Immigration Court” was published by the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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DIONNE KOLLER

Professor Koller was quoted in an April DC Bar cover story titled “Playing It Safe: Are Concussions Ruining Sports?” Koller said she believes that football can change its rules and still thrive. “The NFL … can change the expectations of the fans by evolving the game and emphasizing passing, catching, running, kicking, and strategy,” she said. “There’s a lot that goes on in that sport. It doesn’t have to be marginalized because it loses some of the violence. Look at [Olympic] hockey — people start appreciating the strategy and the team aspects when you take out the fights.”

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ROBERT LANDE

Professor Lande was one of three recipients of the 11th annual Jerry S. Cohen Award for the best antitrust scholarship of 2012. He received his award at the American Antitrust Institute’s Annual Conference on June 12 at the National Press Club in Washington.

Lande and John M. Connor wrote “Cartels as Rational Business Strategy: Crime Pays” (34 Cardozo L. Rev. 427) to analyze whether cartel sanctions are at the optimal level. The article demonstrated that the combined level of U.S. cartel sanctions — including private and government enforcement — has been only 9 percent to 21 percent as large as it should be to best protect potential victims of cartelization. It concludes: “Cartels are a crime that, on average, pays. … In fact, it pays very well.” Lande and Connor split an $8,000 prize and each received an original piece of artwork.

Professor Lande’s 2013 law review articles include “A Traditional and Textual Analysis of the Goals of Antitrust: Efficiency, Preventing Theft From Consumers, and Consumer Choice” in the Fordham Law Review and “Towards an Empirical Assessment of Private Antitrust Enforcement” (co-authored) in the Seattle Law Review. Lande also co-wrote “Comparative Negligence With Joint and Several Liability: The Best of Both Worlds” in the University of Baltimore Law Review’s new online publication, 1 University of Baltimore Law Review Online 1 (Dec. 13, 2012).

On June 18, Lande took part in an ABA webinar on Section 5 of the FTC Act. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Lande’s scholarly publications were the seventh-most-downloaded among antitrust law professors’ in the United States during 2012. His publications were downloaded 2,537 times in 2012, for a total of 12,899 lifetime downloads.

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JAMES MAXEINER

In a June 24 op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, “The fixable flaws of America’s civil justice system,” Professor Maxeiner compared the U.S. civil justice system to those of other developed nations and found ours wanting.

Professor Maxeiner contributed an op-ed to The Baltimore Sun on April 28. In “The Bavarian case for registering guns,” Maxeiner urged the United States to adopt Germany’s practice of licensing firearms the same way it requires motorists to register their vehicles.

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MICHAEL MEYERSON

Professor Meyerson was a guest June 17 on Dan Rodricks’ Midday program on WYPR, where he spoke on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision declaring Bible reading in public schools unconstitutional. Meyerson is the author of Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America. You can download and listen to the podcast here.

Meyerson published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun on April 21 about cyberbullying. Wrote Meyerson: “Cellphones and the Internet have not only altered the way we communicate, they have changed the way we can injure one another. The telecommunications revolution has created the capability of causing far greater harm to children than the bullying many of us remember from when we were young.”

The op-ed was pegged to “Grace’s Law,” a measure passed by both houses of Maryland’s legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley. It is named after 15-year-old Grace McComas, who in April 2012 took her life after a year of online bullying and torment.

Sun reporter and columnist Susan Reimer mentioned Meyerson in her May 1 article “Journey in grief leads to new protections in bullying.” Wrote Reimer: “Meyerson worked to craft a bill that would respect the First Amendment protections of free speech while giving law enforcement a tool to use against anyone using electronic communication to threaten or inflict emotional distress on a minor.”

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AUDREY MCFARLANE

Professor McFarlane spoke at a symposium at Fordham Law School in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Fordham Urban Law Journal.  Her panel was titled “What Is Urban Law Today?”

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JANE MURPHY

Professor Murphy’s legal scholarship was cited in a June 12 New York Times online op-ed titled “Is Forced Fatherhood Fair?” The article concludes: “Policies that punish men for accidental pregnancies also punish those children who must manage a lifelong relationship with an absent but legal father.”

On May 13, Murphy took part in Marc Steiner’s radio show on WEAA 88.9 FM, which focused on how society views domestic violence. Murphy noted that “we have historically seen family violence as involving different roots, different social causes, different behavior from violence against strangers,” but in examining recent cases, “we are beginning to see that those same patterns of control and criminal behavior that result in violence in the family also put strangers at risk.”

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ELIZABETH SAMUELS

Professor Samuels’ article “Surrender and Subordination: Birth Mothers and Adoption Law Reform” was published in the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law at the University of Michigan Law School.  When the almost-final version was posted on SSRN, it hit Top 10 download lists for four SSRN e-journals.

In April, Samuels testified in favor of an adoption law reform bill before the Ohio Senate Committee on Medicaid, Health and Human Services. In March she submitted written testimony to the Ohio House Judiciary Committee.

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MORTIMER SELLERS

Professor Sellers’ article “International Legal Positivism” was published in the Proceedings of the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.

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COLIN STARGER

Professor Starger was quoted in a May 3 Daily Record story about the National Lawyers Guild and its support of the Poor People’s March from Baltimore to Washington, which was held on May 11. “From the earliest days, the NLG supported the New Deal and Social Security,” Starger said of the guild, which was founded in 1937. “Our position now is not to renege on the New Deal.” (You will need a Daily Record account to read the full story.)

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CHARLES TIEFER

Professor Tiefer was interviewed for a June 26 story in The New York Times about how industrial disasters can result in tensions between criminal and accident investigators. “Criminal investigators are not above trying to win convictions on crimes that may seem peripheral to the cause of the workplace deaths, like lying under oath or destroying documents,” Tiefer said.

Tiefer was quoted in a June 20 Bloomberg News story about the growing use of contractors to vet job-seekers for security clearances. “The notion that government officials have the final decision about granting or denying clearances is a mere fig leaf, and a pretty small one at that,” Tiefer said in the article, which appeared in The Washington Post Business section. Tiefer is a former member of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting.

Tiefer also was quoted in a June 12 Bloomberg News article about the growing number of U.S. jobs that require top-secret security clearances. About 1.4 million Americans held such clearances as of October and roughly a half-million of them were hired by contractors instead of federal agencies, the story said. Contractors even perform background investigations that were once conducted by the FBI and the Office of Personnel Management, Tiefer said.

Tiefer spoke to Federal News Radio on May 21 about the alleged targeting of right-wing groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

On May 19, Tiefer was quoted in a Washington Times story about the seizure of Associated Press phone records on Capitol Hill.

Tiefer was quoted in an April 17 Bloomberg News article about Pentagon overpayments to Supreme Foodservice, a contractor in Afghanistan. Said Tiefer: “Supreme Foodservice gouged the taxpayer big-time. The government offered to pay Supreme all its costs and overhead, plus a generous profit. Instead of taking the government’s sensible offer, Supreme overcharged massively on the blatantly fictitious notion that it deserved a made-up and highly inflated ‘market’ rate.”

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BYRON WARNKEN

To mark the retirement of the Hon. Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, Professor Warnken, along with 50 law students and lawyers, compiled a 250-page book covering Judge Bell’s 209 criminal law opinions – majority, concurring and dissent – during his 23 years on the Court of Appeals.

On June 1, Warnken took 16 UB law students to the annual fundraising event for Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, an organization that serves 60 Baltimore City African-American males age 8 to 18. The keynote speaker was Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice.

Warnken’s work Maryland Criminal Procedure: A Treatise is scheduled for publication in October. The three-volume work, which he began in 2010, contains 34 chapters and 2,000 pages. Warnken says he designed the treatise as “one-stop shopping” for Maryland’s judges, prosecutors, defense counsel and law students.  A book-signing event is planned for late October at the law school.

Warnken spoke to WBAL Radio on April 29 about the fallout from recent federal gang corruption indictments following reports of gang activity at the Baltimore City jail. Corrections officers who take, and fail, a polygraph test could lose their jobs but are not likely to be prosecuted based on the results, Warnken said.

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ADJUNCT FACULTY

NEIL DILLOFF

Dilloff, a partner at DLA Piper’s Baltimore office, served as a panelist at a Stanford Law School symposium in April titled “The Future of Legal Education and the Legal Profession.” His talk, “Bridging the Gap Between Legal Education and the Practice of Law,” is to be published as an article in the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

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THE HON. JOHN GOSSART

The Hon. John F. Gossart Jr., U.S. Immigration Judge of the Baltimore Immigration Court, will retire in August after 32 years on the bench and 42 years of federal service. Judge Gossart has taught immigration law at UB Law for 17 years. He plans to continue teaching at the law school in retirement.

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ALAN NEMETH

On April 10, Nemeth took part in a panel discussion – “Trending Topics in Animal Law” – at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) was the main speaker. Nemeth talked about the intersection of animal law and family law. He pointed out that 25 states and the District of Columbia have passed domestic violence bills designed to protect pets and that family law could develop to include joint custody and visitation of pets.

Nemeth’s book v., Case Law, Concepts, & American Society was published this year.

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SPECIAL SECTION: UB LAW PROFESSORS ON U.S. SUPREME COURT RULINGS

Click here to read UB Law professors’ articles, op-eds and blog posts on the Supreme Court’s recent rulings.

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STAFF

JERNEE BRAMBLE

Bramble, associate director of law placement, was chosen as June’s “Member Spotlight” for WALRAA, the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association. Bramble serves as the 2013 co-chair of the association’s Diversity Committee.

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CLEMENT LAU

The CALA Committee for the Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media chose Clement Chu-Sing Lau as the 2013 recipient of the Jing Liao Award. Lau, associate director for technical services and administration in the law library, was selected for his publication “American Public Library Law (美国公共图书馆法研究),” which appeared in the Tushuguan zazhi (图书馆杂志), a library journal in China. The award came with a $500 prize.

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ALUMNI

RONALD J. ALLEN,  J.D. ‘02

SuperiorReview, a Houston-based document-review firm, has named Allen regional sales director, in charge of expanding and developing the firm’s service offerings. He will also extend the company’s reach into targeted regions, focusing on large corporations and law firms involved in global litigation.

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BRIAN P. DARMODY, J.D. ‘81

Darmody has been named associate vice president for corporate and foundation relations at the University of Maryland. He is charged with leading university-wide efforts to develop strategic partnerships between the university and the corporate and foundation community.

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BOB VAN GALOUBANDI, J.D. ‘05

Galoubandi has been elected a partner of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP. Galoubandi represents banks, lending institutions, private lenders and businesses in all aspects of real estate lending and troubled loan workouts. He was named a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights in 2013.

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LAWRENCE S. GREENBERG, J.D. ‘94

In May, Greenberg was inducted as the 60th president of the Maryland Association for Justice (formerly the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association).

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JONAS JACOBSON, J.D. ‘00

Jacobson has joined the new government-relations firm of Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson in Annapolis.

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GREG P. JIMENO, J.D. ‘99

In June, Jimeno was named the 82nd president of the Anne Arundel Bar Association.

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ROBERT KASUNIC, J.D. ‘92

In April, Kasunic was appointed associate register of copyrights and director of registration policy and practice at the U.S. Copyright Office. Previously he was deputy general counsel of the Copyright Office. In his new role, Kasunic serves as the principal adviser to the register on legal and business issues relating to the administration of the national registration system. He will also play a major role in implementing the office’s forthcoming Compendium of Copyright Office Practices.

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BARRY LEVIN, J.D. ‘84

Levin has been named managing partner at Saul Ewing LLP. He is the first managing partner to be chosen from the Baltimore office, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

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JIM LIANG, J.D. ’06, LL.M IN TAXATION ‘07

Liang has been elected a partner of Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP, representing individuals and entities in federal and state tax controversies and litigation. Previously Liang was employed as a certified public accountant. Liang also volunteers with the Maryland Defense Force, which provides supplemental professional and technical support to the Maryland Military Department and the Maryland National Guard. Liang was honored as a Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and in 2013 for Tax, and was recently named to the Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List for 2013.

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JOSEPH PERSICO, J.D. ‘75

Persico, managing partner of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald LLP in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2013 in the area of real estate law.

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KEVIN SHEA, J.D. ‘91

Shea was recently promoted to administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He had served as acting administrator since June 2012.

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TARA SHOEMAKER, J.D. ‘07

Shoemaker, principal of Tara Shoemaker & Associates in Frederick, received the Small Firm Award in the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s annual Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards.

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BARBARA J. WILKINS, J.D. ‘00

Wilkins has been appointed government relations officer for Anne Arundel County by County Executive Laura Neuman.

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STUDENTS

Tiffany Fountaine, J.D. ’14, was named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career attorneys under 40 who are excelling in the legal profession.

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OTHER NEWS

Peter Angelos, LL.B. ’61, donated $1 million to the School of Law for the newly named Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence, formerly the Baltimore Scholars program — an intensive, one-on-one approach to improving diversity in legal education and in the wider legal community. Fannie Angelos, Peter Angelos’ sister, received her LL.B. from UB Law in 1951.

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In a June 20 op-ed that appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Stephen Awalt, J.D. ‘85, discussed the revitalization of the Mount Royal corridor and hailed the new Angelos Law Center, which he called a “beautifully designed and executed capstone structure.”

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In a May 7 citybizlist.com article, “Buildings That Shape Us,” Baltimore businessman Oz Bengur – husband of Associate Dean Vicki Schultz — wrote that Baltimore should follow the lead of UB President Robert L. Bogomolny and construct innovative buildings that, like the new law center, will shape the city’s future.
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In an April 10 architectural review of the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center, The Baltimore Brew called the building “smart and stimulating.”

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The Baltimore Sun also reported on the new law center, saying: “Like American jurisprudence, the University of Baltimore’s new $114 million law school is complicated and thoughtful.” A photo gallery accompanies the story.

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BY THE NUMBERS

As of July 1, the University of Baltimore School of Law was ranked No. 37 on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Top 350 U.S. Law Schools download list. In the previous 12 months, scholarly works by UB Law professors were downloaded 19,086 times.

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ALUMNI: STAY IN TOUCH!

Are you a UB graduate with a new job? A promotion? Keep us posted about your professional news by completing the form found here. All submissions will be verified by School of Law staff and may be edited for length and style. Please provide your graduation year and the type of degree you earned. For questions, please contact us at lawaccolades@ubalt.edu.

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