Don’t miss it! Alumni holiday happy hour is set for Dec. 9



Don’t miss the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Alumni Holiday Happy Hour on Wednesday, Dec. 9!

The special event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Fells Point’s fabulous Bond Street Social (901 S. Bond St., Baltimore 21231).

Mingle with fellow alums — and talk with Dean Ronald Weich and law faculty — and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with discounted drinks. We have waived the door fee.

RSVP required. Just email

We look forward to celebrating with you!



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In Sun, Weich discusses ‘individualized justice’ in Gray case

Dean Ronald Weich contributed an op-ed to The Baltimore Sun, “What constitutes ‘justice’ for Freddie Gray?”

Weich’s article appears just before the first of six Baltimore police officers is scheduled to be tried in connection with Freddie Gray‘s death in police custody in April. Officer William Porter‘s trial is to begin Monday, Nov. 30.

In the op-ed, which is to appear in the Sunday print newspaper, Weich stresses the importance of individualized justice:

“The value of individualized justice matters greatly to those of us disturbed by Freddie Gray’s death. If the charges against the police officers have merit, Gray himself was denied such justice.

“The state’s accusations — which have not been proven — are based on the general theory that Gray was the victim of a kind of profiling. Prosecutors will argue that the police officers confronted, chased, arrested and physically mistreated Gray not because of misconduct they observed but because of assumptions they made about him and the neighborhood in which he lived.

“If police officers targeted Freddie Gray because of what they assumed about African-American men on the streets of Sandtown-Winchester, that was wrong. And if those same police officers are prosecuted based on what some people think of police officers in general, that would be wrong as well.”

Learn more about Dean Weich.


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10 UB alums named leaders in law by The Daily Record

Congratulations to our alums for being named Leaders in Law by The Daily Record! Ten of the 27 honorees are University of Baltimore School of Law graduates:

Andrew I. Alperstein, J.D. ’93
Alperstein & Diener P.A.

Denise M. Bowman, J.D. ’90
Alexander & Cleaver P.A.

Caroline D. Ciraolo, LL.M ’94
U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division

Hon. John O. Hennegan, J.D. ’74
Circuit Court for Baltimore County

Anne Colt Leitess, J.D. ’88
Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City

Abba David Poliakoff, J.D. ’77
Gordon Feinblatt LLC

Dennis M. Robinson Jr., J.D. ’02
Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

Jonathan H. Shoup, J.D. ’75
Shoup and Associates

Keith R. Truffer, J.D. ’82
Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid LLP

Donna E. Van Scoy, J.D. ’88
Law Office of Donna E. Van Scoy LLC

If you have a subscription to The Daily Record, click here to read the 2015 Leadership in Law special publication.

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Law school is host to 20 judges from Nanjing, China

Professor Eric Easton (center) with four judges who celebrated their birthdays during their two-week visit to the UB School of Law.

Professor Eric Easton (center) with four judges from Nanjing, China, who celebrated their birthdays during a two-week visit to the UB School of Law.

The University of Baltimore School of Law is host to 20 judges from the People’s Intermediate Court of Nanjing, China. The judges arrived on Nov. 16 and will be at the law center until Nov. 30.

The judges are studying the Fourth Amendment and the Exclusionary Rule in various classes taught by law faculty.

Professor Eric Easton organized the visit and encourages faculty and students to say hello to the judges (“ni hao” in Chinese).

Four of the judges celebrated their birthdays during the visit.



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Young Lawyers Alumni Council kickoff draws 100+ alums

UB law alumni enjoy happy hour at Bookmakers in Federal Hill. From left: Ryan Perna, Russell Radziak (in tie), Ryan Horka, Assistant Dean Jill Green, Morgan Gough and Hannah Levin.

UB law alumni enjoy happy hour at Bookmakers in Federal Hill. From left: Ryan Perna, Russell Radziak (in tie), Ryan Horka, Assistant Dean Jill Green, Morgan Gough and Hannah Levin.

The kickoff event for the newly formed Young Lawyers Alumni Council drew more than 100 young UB law alums to Bookmakers in Federal Hill on Tuesday Nov. 17.

John Baber, J.D. ’14, the group’s executive committee chair, addressed the alumni, who ate, drank and mingled from 6 to 8 p.m. Dean Ronald Weich and Assistant Dean for Law Development D. Jill Green, J.D. ’94, also gave remarks.

Among the highlights of the evening was a raffle of tickets to the annual UBSPI auction (and of coveted UB swag).

The University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest 22nd annual auction will take place on Feb. 26, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201).

For more information about the Young Lawyers Alumni Council, write


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Retiring librarian Bob Pool feted for 41 years of service

Crop -- Bob Pool + Cassandra Havard 11-18-15

Law librarian Robert Pool and Professor Cassandra Havard at Pool’s retirement party.

Law librarian and helpful colleague extraordinaire Bob Pool was celebrated by colleagues and friends Wednesday afternoon as he prepares to retire after 41 years at the University of Baltimore.

Pool began work as a librarian in the Langsdale Library in 1974. He moved over to the law library in 1991.

“It’s been a lot of fun being here,” Pool said to the crowd of well-wishers in the Angelos Law Center’s 12th-floor reading room. “There have been some interesting moments over the years.”

Pool reminisced about the UB campus before even the old law school was built, recalling a hamburger joint whose roof leaked like a sieve and other long-forgotten establishments.

Well, maybe not forgotten. Dean Ronald Weich, who arrived at UB in 2012, had clearly heard some tales of yore.

“A strip joint!” he said.

Pool nodded – there had indeed been such an establishment on what is now the UB campus. An old friend of Pool’s supplied the name: The Pink Bucket.

Adeen Postar, the law library’s director, presented Pool with a “card” – a copy of Dr. Seuss’s You’re Only Old Once that had been signed by dozens of Pool’s UB colleagues.

Postar also handed Pool a gift bag. He pulled out the first item and held it up: “A silicone case for an iPad Mini!” he said.

Next up was the iPad Mini itself, a gift from Pool’s many friends at the university.

Said Professor Byron Warnken, J.D. ’77, who noted that he’d beaten Pool to UB by one year: “Bob Pool was always there helping. Everyone says that about Bob.”

Bob, we will miss your encyclopedic knowledge of all things UB and your indefatigable good humor. But mainly we will miss you.






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Prof. Elizabeth Keyes on TV: States don’t control refugee flow


Professor Elizabeth Keyes, director of UB’s Immigrant Rights Clinic, appeared on ABC2’s “In Focus” program Tuesday evening Nov. 17 to discuss Gov. Larry Hogan’s request that the federal government halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state until it could be determined that they posed no risk to Marylanders.

Hogan’s request came as several Republican governors sought to block refugees from the Syrian civil war into their states following the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

Keyes said that governors — states — have no authority to hold up the resettlement of refugees.

“It’s very clear that only the federal government has any authority about who comes into the country,” Keyes said. “That’s true for refugees, the same as it is for tourists or any other category of immigrant. That’s a federal responsibility – the states have no part in it.”

Keyes also said that states cannot “pick and choose” which refugees they take.

Said Keyes: “[States] can offer suggestions to the federal government, but it is a federal issue.”

Keyes added that security concerns are carefully addressed during what can be a yearlong — or longer — period of vetting people for U.S. refugee status.

“Those concerns are embedded in the process of screening refugees,” she said, adding that all candidates for refugee status – “even 6-year-old children” – are thoroughly vetted.

Keyes said she hoped Americans would remember the horror they felt two months ago on seeing the photo of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach in Turkey. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi drowned while fleeing the Syrian civil war with his family.

“I hope we remember the humanity that little boy really evoked,” Keyes said. “These people are fleeing the very people responsible for the horrible attacks in Paris.”

Learn more about Professor Keyes.


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