RSVP for the 9th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

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RSVP here for the Center on Applied Feminism’s 9th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, “Applied Feminism Today,” to be held Friday, March 4 at the University of Baltimore’s Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201). Room to be announced. Judge Nancy Gertner, now on the faculty of Harvard Law School, will be the keynote speaker. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Feb. 26.

Click here for a list of panelists and here for the conference schedule.

Visit the conference page and learn more about the Center on Applied Feminism.

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Renee Camille Hatcher, CDC fellow, testifies before UN group

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Renee Camille Hatcher, clinical teaching fellow with UB’s Community Development Clinic, testifies about water shutoffs in Baltimore before a UN fact-finding group.

Renee Camille Hatcher, clinical teaching fellow with the University of Baltimore’s Community Development Clinic, spoke Jan. 21 at a Baltimore meeting of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

The United Nations team, on a 10-day fact-finding trip to the United States, met with government officials, leaders of nongovernmental organizations and people of African descent in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Jackson, Miss.

At the local meeting, Hatcher addressed a range of topics concerning community development and race, particularly the issue of water shutoffs to poor city households unable to pay their water bills.

In 2015, between April and the end of October, more than 8,000 Baltimore households had their water service shut off, Hatcher reports. The shutoffs, which are prohibited during the winter by state regulation, are set to resume this April.

Access to clean water is a basic human right, according to the United Nations.

UB’s Community Development Clinic has been working on a “right to water” project. Students are conducting research and gathering information for a human-rights complaint that will be submitted to the UN.

CDC student-attorneys Karina Granados, Lauren Tucker, Zach Hansen and Anthony Fadel served as note-takers at the UN fact-finding meeting, which was held at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on North Howard Street.

Learn more about the Community Development Clinic.

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Frederick Douglass moot court team takes top regional prize

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From left, coach Jennifer Burroughs, J.D. ’14, Adam Shareef, Scott Chambers and coach Jeffrey Toppe, J.D. ’14.

This past weekend, the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Frederick Douglass moot court team, made up of Adam Shareef and Scott Chambers, defeated the University of Pennsylvania to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition for the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

The regional victory is a first for the University of Baltimore team in its more than decade-long history of participation in the event.

The top three teams from each region advanced to the national competition, to be held in Baltimore in March.

In the regional competition, which was held in Philadelphia, UB won all but one of its rounds and advanced to the semi-final round (top 4) before winning the entire regional competition.

This year’s competitors included law students from Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, William and Mary, Rutgers, the University of the District of Columbia, Washington and Lee, Howard, Drexel, Temple and the University of Maryland.

Shareef was named best oral advocate in the region. Chambers’s speaking-ability scores were nearly identical to Shareef’s numbers.

UB’s team is coached by alums Jennifer L. Burroughs, J.D. ‘14, and Jeffrey C. Toppe, J.D. ‘14.

Learn more about the University of Baltimore School of Law’s moot court program.

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9th annual Sports Law Symposium set for Thursday, Feb. 11

The University of Baltimore’s Center for Sport and the Law — with the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Association — will hold a conference on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, titled “What Lawyers in Sports Really Do (and how I got my sports job).”

Click here to register today for the conference, which is free and open to the public. Don’t miss the chance to hear from UB law grads and other industry professionals about how to land a job in sports and entertainment.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 12th floor of the University of Baltimore’s Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201). A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Register here for Law Review’s first criminal law symposium

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Click here to register for the symposium.

The University of Baltimore Law Review will present its first criminal law symposium, “Path to a Civil Society,” on Friday, March 11, 2016.

The first panel, which begins at 10 a.m., is titled “Misconduct In Prison.” Panelists will discuss problems including misconduct by prison guards, the inherent power imbalance in prisons and insufficient efforts to rehabilitate prisoners.

The second panel, which begins at 11 a.m., “Policing the Police,” will focus on the relationship between citizens and the police. Panelists will discuss policing policies and various interpretations of the Fourth Amendment.

For more information, contact Samantha Ardinger at samantha.ardinger@ubalt.edu.

Click here to register for the symposium, which will be held in the moot courtroom of the University of Baltimore’s Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201).

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21 students inducted into the Shannonhouse Honor Society

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Thomas Valkenet, J.D. ’87, of Young & Valkenet in Baltimore, was the guest speaker at the Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society awards ceremony on Feb. 2. (Photo by April Thiess)

Twenty-one students were inducted into the law school’s Royal Graham Shannonhouse III Honor Society on Tuesday, Feb. 2. All were evening students who had completed three semesters of coursework. (See students’ names on program below.)

Shannonhouse awards ceremonies are held in the fall and spring semesters.

The honor society was created in 2014 to recognize students who have distinguished themselves academically. The minimum GPA requirement for induction is 3.15. Students who have achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher are inducted as distinguished scholars. Four of the 21 students inducted Tuesday were distinguished scholars.

Dean Ronald Weich, greeting the inductees and their family and friends in the moot courtroom, discussed the honor society’s namesake, a former UB law professor known to his students as “The House.” Weich emphasized that the Shannonhouse name on a resume would attract favorable attention.

“People will notice it,” Weich said, adding that many local legal employers – including law firm partners and judges – had studied with Shannonhouse.

Shannonhouse retired from the law school in 1993, according to his 2010 obituary in The Baltimore Sun, which added that he continued to work at his law practice until 2009.

Guest speaker Thomas Valkenet, J.D. ’87, a founding partner of Young & Valkenet in Baltimore, studied with Professor Shannonhouse. He also recalled litigating against him in a Harford County land dispute.

“I won,” Valkenet said. “But I will tell you it was grueling.”

Valkenet said Shannonhouse’s “deep Carolinian drawl” was as “deceptive as it was delightful.” A stickler for etiquette — “there was never a cross word from him in court,” Valkenet said — Shannonhouse inspired profound respect, if not terror.

“I always needed to be on my ‘A’ game because it was The House,” Valkenet said.

Shannonhouse 2-2016 program II

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Prof. Colin Starger, colleagues hail Alternative Constitution Day

Professor Colin Starger contributed a post to the Race and the Law Prof Blog about Alternative Constitution Day, which celebrates a new narrative — a “People’s” narrative — informed by the post-Civil War Reconstruction Amendments, the last of which was ratified on Feb. 3, 1870 — 146 years ago today.

This narrative departs from the Confederate, states’ rights approach that, Starger and his colleagues Peggy Cooper Davis and Aderson Francois say, continues to haunt civil rights jurisprudence.

Writes Starger: “We oppose this ‘States’ rights’ mode of interpreting the Constitution because we believe it misunderstands the revolutionary nature of the change to our constitutional order wrought by the Civil War and resulting Reconstruction Amendments. Alternative Constitution Day is a way to correct this misunderstanding and to celebrate what we see as the ‘true birth’ of our modern commitment to human dignity. We also hope it might help spark further conversation. […]

“The People’s narrative is one in which the nation rejected both slavery and its assault on human dignity and altered its slavery-tolerating Constitution to give the Federal government power to protect the People’s rights. This more optimistic story involves guarantees of national citizenship and national protection of citizens’ rights. This is the narrative animating the Reconstruction Amendments.”

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