Access commentary, recordings from ‘Law According to Trump’

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Click here or on the image above to access commentary from, or germane to, the “Law According to Trump” symposium discussions. The faculty commentary is archived in the law library’s ScholarWorks institutional repository under “Conferences & Symposia.”

To view the discussions, click on the links below.

Panel 1: The Executive Branch and Executive Power
Moderator: Associate Dean C.J. Peters
Professors Kim Wehle, Nancy Modesitt, Catherine Moore, Nienke Grossman

Panel 2: Legislative Initiatives
Moderator: Dean Ronald Weich
Professors Elizabeth Keyes, Fred Brown, Natalie Ram, Michele Nethercott

Panel 3: The Democratic System
Moderator: Professor John Bessler
Professors Eric Easton, Colin Starger, Odeana Neal, Audrey McFarlane

Panel 4: Individual Rights and Equality
Moderator: Professor Michael Higginbotham
Professors Garrett Epps, Margaret Johnson, David Jaros, Gilda Daniels

The symposium, which was free and open to all, was sponsored by the law school’s Faculty Research and Development Committee.

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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch: ‘We will not turn back’

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivers her capstone speech on community policing at the UB School of Law on Thursday (Jan. 12).

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivers her capstone speech on community policing at the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center on Thursday (Jan. 12, 2017).

Outgoing U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch delivered her capstone speech on community policing Thursday before a packed house at the University of Baltimore’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center. (Read the full text or watch a video of Lynch’s speech.)

Lynch’s speech followed the signing of a consent-decree agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Baltimore that will commit the city to making significant policing reforms. (See Baltimore Sun story.)

The attorney general met with Baltimore community leaders at the law center before her valedictory address. Among those at the meeting was Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, who died during an altercation with Baltimore police in 2013.

“I’m here today because my brother, Tyrone West, was murdered and we still don’t know what happened,” Jones said after leaving the meeting with Lynch.

In her speech, Lynch said that in early 2015, as she prepared to take office, she knew community-police relations would be one of her top priorities. But, she said, the issue gained “fresh urgency” on the day she was sworn in “because of events unfolding right here in Baltimore.”

“I took the oath of office in Washington on April 27, 2015 – the day that Freddie Gray was laid to rest,” Lynch said. “Baltimore had already endured weeks of tension following Mr. Gray’s death. But on the day of the funeral, the protests swelled, and although many who took to the streets were peacefully exercising their constitutional right to free speech, some members of the community unfortunately resorted to destructive acts of violence that harmed property and persons. It was clear that here in Baltimore – as in so many American cities – deep-seated feelings of mistrust and hostility had gone unaddressed for too long. And it was clear that in order to repair the social fabric, those issues had to be dealt with honestly, comprehensively and immediately.”

Lynch said Baltimoreans, and Americans, were ready to take on the challenge of repairing trust between communities and the police.

“[H]istory teaches us that the road of progress has always been strewn with setbacks and obstacles, hardships and pitfalls. It also shows us that times of unrest can spur real change and real progress. What is important is that over the last eight years, we have chosen to start down that road together, as one nation and one people, united by our desire for liberty, our thirst for justice, and our belief in equality. We have started down that road, and as I look out at this outstanding group of public servants, advocates, and citizens – many of you working tirelessly to heal the divisions in this proud city – I see just how far we have come. I see how far we can still go. And I know that we will not turn back.”

(See “Trump era looms over consent decree and Lynch’s farewell” in the Baltimore Brew.)

Judge James K. Bredar, who serves on the U.S. District Court for Maryland, was assigned to oversee and enforce the consent decree. UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich is quoted in a Baltimore Sun story about Bredar, who is the rare federal judge to have worked as a public defender (he has also worked as a prosecutor).

“The Police Department and the citizens of Baltimore are both fortunate that Judge Bredar pulled this assignment,” Weich said. “He’s going to be fair, and going to be firm. I know Judge Bredar will be committed to enforcement of the consent decree.”

Read the full text of Lynch’s speech.

Watch Lynch’s speech here.

Also, read the  Justice Department news advisory about the just-released “Final Report on the President’s Task Force on 21st-Century Policing.”

Christine Wertz, a history major at the University of Baltimore, contributed reporting to this article.

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Jan. 19: Professors to discuss ‘The Law According to Trump’

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Please join us for an afternoon of panel discussions led by UB law professors who will discuss the ways the new president may seek to transform America’s legal landscape.

Click here or on the image above to RSVP.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
1-5:15 p.m.
Room 202

University of Baltimore School of Law
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
(1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201)

1-2 p.m.
Panel 1: The Executive Branch and Executive Power
Moderator: Associate Dean C.J. Peters
Professors Kim Wehle, Nancy Modesitt, Catherine Moore, Nienke Grossman

2-3 p.m.
Panel 2: Legislative Initiatives
Moderator: Dean Ronald Weich
Professors Elizabeth Keyes, Fred Brown, Natalie Ram, Michele Nethercott

3-3:15 p.m.
Coffee break

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Panel 3: The Democratic System
Moderator: Professor John Bessler
Professors Eric Easton, Colin Starger, Odeana Neal, Audrey McFarlane

4:15-5:15 p.m.
Panel 4: Individual Rights and Equality
Moderator: Professor Michael Higginbotham
Professors Garrett Epps, Margaret Johnson, David Jaros, Gilda Daniels

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the law school’s Faculty Research and Development Committee.

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71 students are sworn in to practice law in clinical program

Clinic students are sworn in to practice law under Rule 19-217 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure.

Clinic students are sworn in to practice law under Rule 19-217 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure (previously Rule 16). Judge Shirley M. Watts administered the oath on Jan. 11.

Seventy-one clinic students were sworn in Wednesday morning (Jan. 11, 2017) by Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Shirley M. Watts.

Watts administered the oath in the Moot Courtroom. Under Rule 19-217 of the Maryland Rules of Procedure, student-attorneys are permitted to practice law under the supervision of experienced lawyers. (The student-attorney provision was previously known as Rule 16.)

Dean Ronald Weich and Venable Professor of Law Michele Gilman, the director of clinical legal education, also addressed the students.

The clinical program is made up of 13 clinics, including the new Pretrial Justice Clinic.

Learn more about the UB School of Law’s clinical program.

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Today: U.S. Attorney General Lynch to speak at UB’s law center

image003The University of Baltimore School of Law will host U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch as she delivers her Capstone Speech on Community Policing on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom. All are welcome to attend. No RSVP required. The event will be live streamed and can be watched here (no sign-in is needed).

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RSVP for Shannonhouse Honor Society induction ceremony

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RSVP to Linda Lahey at llahey@ubalt.edu

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Dolin: U.S. patent system helped defeat USSR in Cold War

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Professor Greg Dolin

Professor Greg Dolin published an op-ed in yesterday’s Washington Times about the importance of America’s patent regime – a regime that he says played a key role in helping America win the Cold War against the Soviet Union, where he was born.

Writing 25 years after the communist superpower’s dissolution, Dolin says that although the Soviet Union had more nuclear weapons and a larger army and was sitting on a much bigger store of natural resources, it was destined to lose the Cold War to the United States.

Why? Because the U.S. “outinnovated” the USSR, he says.

In the United States, Dolin writes, inventions are treated as any other property, subject to the full protection of the law. In contrast, he says, “the Soviet legal system essentially made sure that the inventors’ creative capacities would not be directed towards improving the lives of their fellow citizens. What made America win the Cold War, in large part, was our strong patent regime.”

The lessons from the Cold War should be remembered, Dolin says, when some today call for weakening or even abolishing the patent system and replacing it with “prizes.”

“Innovation doesn’t just happen, and education and smarts are not enough,” he writes. “What is needed is a system that will entice people to innovate and reward those whose innovations improve the lives of their fellow citizens. And while we may debate the exact contours of such a system, there is no better system to encourage innovation than that which protects creators’ property rights in their inventions while letting the invisible hand of the free market judge the value of those innovations.”

Concludes Dolin: “A strong patent system is vital to ensuring continued economic flourishing.”

Read the story, “Why a strong patent system is vital: The patent system must not repeat Soviet mistakes” (Jan. 8, 2017).

Learn more about Professor Dolin.

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