Prof. John Bessler’s newest book garners first-place award

UB-810_BesslerProfessor John Bessler‘s most recent book, The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution (Carolina Academic Press, 2014), has been awarded first prize in the AAIS Book Award competition (in the 18th/19th century category). The award is sponsored annually by the American Association of Italian Studies, North America’s largest professional organization of Italian studies. Professor Bessler’s book is also a finalist for the 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards (in the History category). INDIEFAB winners will be announced on June 26 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco.

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UB’s BLSA is runner-up for best chapter in nation, after Harvard

Professor Odeana Neal sends excellent news:

In addition to the Black Law Students Association’s being named the most outstanding student organization of the law school for the third year in a row (co-awarded with EASL this year), and after being named best BLSA chapter in the Mid-Atlantic region, UB BLSA was the runner-up for best BLSA chapter in the nation. The winner: Harvard, which has the largest chapter in the country as well as significantly more resources for programming. Kudos to the BLSA Executive Board and membership for a job spectacularly done.

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Alumna Fannie Angelos dies at 88, was champion of diversity

Fannie Angelos (center) at an October 2014 gala for the University of Baltimore School of Law's Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence.

Fannie Angelos (center) at an October 2014 gala for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence.

Alumna Fannie Angelos, LL.B. ’51, died April 9 at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday. She was 88.

Angelos practiced law in the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, her brother, also a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law. She continued to practice up until her death, The Sun reported.

The law school’s Baltimore Scholars program was renamed in 2013 in honor of Fannie Angelos. The Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence, a partnership between the UB School of Law and Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities, aims to enhance diversity in legal education and in the legal profession.

“Fannie Angelos was a trailblazer for the thousands of women who have attended the University of Baltimore School of Law in the years since she graduated,” said Dean Ronald Weich. “She was deeply committed to UB and its students until the very end of her remarkable life.”

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UB’s Judicial Clerkship Institute prepares students for judicial placements

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About 80 students attended the Law Career Development Office’s 2015 Judicial Clerkship Institute, which is designed to prepare both students who will become judicial law clerks after graduation and others, such as 1Ls with EXPLOR placements, who will intern for judges over the summer. Professor Byron Warnken (right) moderated the lunchtime panel, which featured Judge Dan Friedman of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Judge Stephen Sfekas of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The judges discussed what students need to know to be successful judicial law clerks and interns.

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Professor Dolin gives congressional testimony

On Thursday, April 16, Professor Gregory Dolin testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. A video of the testimony is available on YouTube (Professor Dolin’s testimony begins around the 14-minute mark). Congratulations!

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Constitutional law scholar Akhil Reed Amar gives public lecture at University of Baltimore School of Law

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During the week marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, the nation’s 16th president was a focus of Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar’s lecture at the University of Baltimore School of Law on April 16. The lecture was largely based on his new book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic, from which he read a few excerpts. The first chapter of the book is about President Lincoln, who Amar asserts is the individual who has had the most influence on the U.S. Constitution in the past 200 years. Because our America is so vastly different from the America of our Founding Fathers, he argues that “our Constitution is Lincoln’s Constitution.”

Amar, one of the nation’s leading constitutional scholars, also spoke to a group of law students enrolled in a constitutional law course before his public lecture and met with law school faculty in the morning.

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UB’s Law Career Development Office honored by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

We are pleased to announce that UB’s Law Career Development Office has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Non-Legal/Organizational Involvement Pro Bono Service Award from the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. Representatives from the LCDO will receive the honor during an awards ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City. Congratulations to our hard-working LCDO staff on this prestigious recognition!

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