In The Atlantic: Hatcher on inmates as ‘revenue opportunity’

Professor Daniel Hatcher.

Professor Daniel Hatcher

Professor Daniel Hatcher is quoted in an Atlantic article, “When Prisoners Are a ‘Revenue Opportunity'” (Aug. 10).

Discussing jails and prisons that use “video visitation” technology provided by private contractors — a service that, according to the article, can cost prisoners up to $1 per minute, plus extra fees — Hatcher said: “Video visitation is a link in the whole system that sees inmates as a revenue opportunity.”

Added Hatcher: “It’s part of a larger system that sees the broader vulnerable family as a revenue opportunity, too.”

Hatcher, a co-director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, is the author of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (NYU Press, 2016).

Learn more about Professor Hatcher.

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New scholarship fund honors Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ’85

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Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ’85

A new scholarship for aspiring women attorneys at the University of Baltimore School of Law was announced Friday to honor the memory of UB law alumna Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ‘85, a prominent Annapolis divorce attorney.

DiGiovanni Aluisi died Dec. 5, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 56.

DiGiovanni Aluisi opened her own law firm in 1999. Last year she asked Annapolis lawyer Allen Kruger to merge his practice with hers. As a tribute to his former law partner, Kruger will keep the firm’s full name, Kruger DiGiovanni Aluisi, according to the obituary for DiGiovanni Aluisi in The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., former Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. and DiGiovanni Aluisi’s son, Frank DiGiovanni, announced the creation of the Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi Scholarship Fund in a letter that read in part: “For those of you who knew Kim, you know that she worked tirelessly waiting tables and studying through the night to get through College Park and the University of Baltimore School of Law. In overcoming her own challenges, Kim lived to help others overcome their adversity and achieve their full life potential.”

Early in her career, DiGiovanni Aluisi worked for 15 years at Miller’s law firm. While she was active in Maryland Democratic politics, she had friends on both sides of the aisle and was particularly close with Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel Ehrlich, J.D. ’87.

The former governor told The Sun that DiGiovanni Aluisi had “irrepressible will”: “When she called you and asked you to do something, you knew you were going to say yes. There was no sense in arguing.”

DiGiovanni Aluisi married Jimmy Aluisi in 2004. The two had dated during law school at UB. Her previous marriage ended in divorce.

To donate to the Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi Scholarship Fund or to learn more, contact Kate Crimmins at the University of Baltimore Foundation at or 410-837-6135.

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RSVP today for the second annual Alumni Awards Banquet!

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The Young Lawyers Alumni Council is pleased to announce the University of Baltimore School of Law’s second annual Alumni Awards Banquet.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Stadium Ballroom at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards (110 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201).

The following alumni will be honored:

Heidi L. Levine, J.D. ’95
Byron Warnken Distinguished Alumni Award

Katherine A. “Katie” Dorian, J.D. ’13
Rising Star Award

The Hon. Daniel M. Long, J.D. ’74
Distinguished Judicial Award

James P. “Jim” Nolan, J.D. ’74
Dean’s Award

Click here or on the image to buy tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

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Register now for UB BLSA’s welcome-back cookout on Aug. 19!

UB BLSA Welcome Back Cookout 8.19.17 (Revised)Brandon Cahee, president of UB’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association for the 2017-18 academic year, invites the University of Baltimore School of Law community and friends to a welcome-back cookout on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 12 to 4 p.m. on the .5 level of UB’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201).

Cahee encourages new and returning students — as well as members of local law firms, the judiciary and community-based organizations — to attend.

Enjoy food and drink and mingle with members of UB BLSA’s new executive board, as well as with fellow UB law students.

For entry, please bring two school-supply items to support UB BLSA’s Back to School drive.

Click here, or on the image, to RSVP.

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Work of Human Trafficking clinic-MVLS highlighted on WJZ-TV


In the studio: Susan Francis, J.D. ’11 (left), and Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, on WJZ-TV.

Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13 (at right on TV monitor), director of the UB School of Law’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project, and Susan Francis, J.D. ’11, deputy director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, were interviewed this week by WJZ-TV (CBS) about their partnership to expand services to victims of human trafficking and others at risk of being exploited.

The partnership is funded by a two-year grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

The TV segment aired Sunday, Aug. 13. Watch it here.

Learn more about Jessica Emerson and the Human Trafficking Prevention Project.

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Aneesa Khan, J.D. ’17, to receive National Lawyers Guild award

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Aneesa Khan, J.D. ’17

Aneesa Khan, J.D. ’17, will be honored this week by the National Lawyers Guild as the recipient of the C.B. King Award, which is given annually to just one law student (or recent law graduate) in the nation.

Khan notes that the award recognizes the work of UB’s entire National Lawyers Guild student chapter —  “not just me!”

A native of Farmingdale, N.Y., Khan helped start the NLG chapter after she served as a legal observer during the Baltimore uprising following Freddie Gray’s death in 2015. She was the chapter president for two years, a period that saw membership grow from 6 to 60 members.

Khan will accept the award at the #Law4thePeople 80th Anniversary Convention, which will be held Aug. 2-6 at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.

The award is named for Chevene Bowers King (1923-88), a prominent civil rights lawyer based in Albany, Ga.

Khan says that Professors Odeana Neal and Colin Starger were the “culprits” behind her nomination.

Congratulations, Aneesa!

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On NPR, Tiefer says congressional panels ‘do it for the public’

Professor Charles Tiefer was interviewed by NPR in late July about congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and the inquiries’ utility when special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the same matters.

Listen to “Behind the Scenes In a Congressional Investigation” (July 29) or read the transcript here.

Reporter Don Gonyea said he was interested in talking with Tiefer because of Tiefer’s experience as the special deputy counsel of the House Iran-Contra committee 30 years ago.

Tiefer said the multiple congressional investigations into the Russia matter differ from Mueller’s inquiry.

“Mueller works in secret and long, long deep studies of things like finances,” Tiefer said. “And he doesn’t bring his results public. If he finds something that’s really important, he won’t let you know until it’s time to indict somebody.”

Tiefer added that it is public interest that drives congressional investigations: “The willingness of senators and representatives to devote their time and energy both to the background work, the negotiations, the documents study and to the public work of hearings — they do it because they know the public is interested. … [T]his is not a game of Solitaire. … [T]he special committees do it for the public.”

Learn more about Professor Tiefer.

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