April 10: A Look from All Angles

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Join UB’s Law Review for their spring symposium on Tuesday, April 10, 4-7 p.m. This year’s event is titled, A Look from All Angles: Discussing the Use of Police Body-Worn Cameras. The event will take place in the Moot Courtroom of the Angelos Law Center.

Police body-worn cameras have been a topic of discussion throughout the nation, especially in Baltimore City. Through panel discussion, the Law Review will host an open discussion about the ways these cameras affect police, attorneys and ultimately, our community. Panelists include the following:

TJ Smith, Chief of Media Relations
Baltimore City Police Department

Scott D. Shellenberger, State’s Attorney
Baltimore County

Donald Zaremba, District Public Defender
Baltimore County

Dr. Sean Goodison, Deputy Director and Senior Research Criminologist
Police Executive Research Forum

Hon. Frederic N. Smalkin
Retired Chief Judge, District Court for the District of Maryland
Professor of Law & Judge in Residence, University of Baltimore School of Law

Clark Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice
Cato Institute

Matthew Feeney, Policy Analyst
Cato Institute

Thank you to our generous sponsor, the MSBA Young Lawyer’s Section Council.

The event is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here.


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Alyssa Fieo is new assistant dean for Law Career Development

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Assistant Dean for Law Career Development Alyssa Fieo

Alyssa R. Fieo, an attorney with extensive experience mentoring law students and young lawyers, is the University of Baltimore School of Law’s new assistant dean for Law Career Development.

Fieo, who earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1987 and her J.D. from Villanova in 1991, comes to UB from Disability Rights Maryland (formerly the Maryland Disability Law Center), where she worked from 1998 to 2018. For the last 11 years, Fieo served as DRM’s director of legal advocacy; before that she worked as the organization’s interim executive director and as a managing attorney.

In 2014, Fieo received the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. The award is presented annually to an outstanding public-interest lawyer who is regularly involved in providing, promoting or managing civil legal services to the poor.

Previously based in her native Philadelphia, Fieo worked as a staff attorney at the Education Law Center, as a litigation associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and as a pro bono attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates.

While a law student at Villanova, Fieo was a law clerk for the Hon. Vincent A. Cirillo of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. In the year before she started law school — after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Romance languages and literature — Fieo worked in New York as a litigation assistant at Davis Polk & Wardwell.

While Fieo met her husband at Harvard, it wasn’t until they both worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell that they began dating. Fieo’s husband, Nicholas Miller, is an English professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Fieo and Miller have three sons. Their eldest lives in New York, where he is working as a paralegal while deciding whether to apply to law school.

Calling herself “first and foremost an advocate,” Fieo said she looks forward to working with law students to increase their professional opportunities and to provide the support they need to achieve their career goals.

“I just really enjoy working with young people,” Fieo said.

Welcome, Alyssa!

Learn more about the Law Career Development Office.

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Top 100 Women list includes 7 women with links to law school

Top 100 WomenThe Daily Record‘s 2018 Maryland’s Top 100 Women award winners include seven women linked to the University of Baltimore School of Law.

One of the UB law honorees, an alumna, will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, a group reserved for women who have been honored three times.

The Top 100 women with links to the law school are:

Carolyn Evans, J.D. ’92

Professor Cassandra Jones Havard

Gustava “Gusty” Taler, J.D. ’94

Maureen van Stone, friend

Judge Cathleen Vitale, J.D. ’89

Flavia Williamson, J.D. ’08

The Circle of Excellence winner is:

Cylia Lowe-Smith, J.D. ’03, M.S. ’08

The Daily Record noted that it received nearly 425 nominations for the statewide honor this year. The Top 100 Women awards celebration will be held April 23 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Learn more about the Top 100 Women awards.

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Buy tickets for the May 3 celebration of Byron Warnken’s career

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Please join faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University of Baltimore School of Law to celebrate the amazing career of Professor Byron L. Warnken, J.D. `77, on the occasion of his retirement. The event will take place on Thursday, May 3 at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201).

The event is open to the public, but tickets are required. Buy tickets here.

Tickets reserved by April 30:
* Current students/faculty/staff: Free
* UB law alumni 2013-2017: Free
* All others: $77 per ticket in honor of Prof. Warnken, J.D. ’77

Tickets reserved after April 30:
* $100 per ticket

If you would like to honor Professor Warnken by donating to the campaign to name the law school’s Moot Courtroom in his honor, you can give online here or contact Michelle Junot (mjunot@ubalt.edu) for more details. All donors will be recognized in the May 3 event program.

If you would like to contribute a letter, short note, story or photo to be included in a keepsake bookplease click here. You can also email WarnkenEvent@ubalt.edu with contributions or questions.

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March 27: Technological Innovation and Urban Development

Journal of Land and Development eventTechnology has transformed our personal lives. Now it is about to transform our communities and the wider world, with innovations such as self-driving vehicles and drones, to name just a couple.

On Tuesday, March 27, the University of Baltimore Journal of Land and Development’s spring symposium will examine how new technologies are likely to alter the look and feel of our cities. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the 12th floor of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201).

Click here or on the image to RSVP.

Speakers will include:

Caroline Hecker
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP

Sean Davis
MRA Group

Klaus Philipsen
ArchPlan Inc. Philipsen Architects

Eric Tiso
Baltimore City Department of Planning

Kimberly Clark
Baltimore Development Corporation

Learn about the Journal of Land and Development.

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Trivedi in The Sun: Abuse bill would criminalize professionals

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Bronfein Family Law Clinic Fellow Shanta Trivedi

Bronfein Family Law Clinic Fellow Shanta Trivedi contributed an op-ed to today’s Baltimore Sun that advocates against a proposed state bill to criminally penalize “mandatory reporters” who fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

Bills in the Maryland House and Senate propose criminal penalties for certain professionals – including teachers, counselors, social workers and nurses – and would build on a 2016 law that can result in professionals’ losing their license for failure to report suspected abuse or neglect of children.

Read “Abuse reporting bills would criminalize teachers” (March 12, 2018).

Even Del. Kathleen Dumais (D-Montgomery Co.), who sponsored the 2016 “loss of license” bill, believes the proposed law goes too far and could lead to “fear-induced” reports, Trivedi writes.

Moreover, Trivedi says, an increase in such reports would stress Maryland’s already overburdened child welfare system:

“According to the Child Welfare League of America, Maryland had more than 50,000 total referrals for child abuse and neglect in 2014 — and less than half of these were referred for investigation because they lacked the necessary factual basis. Thus, Maryland already suffers from an over-reporting problem, not an under-reporting one. This law, if passed, would make the problem worse, not better.”

Learn about the Bronfein Family Law Clinic and Professor Trivedi.

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Celebrating 30+ years of the Aberdeen study-abroad program

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From left: UB School of Law Professors William Hubbard, Mortimer Sellers and Donald Stone at the March 7 event for the Aberdeen study-abroad program.

A contingent from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland visited the University of Baltimore School of Law this week and, last night, held a networking reception and panel discussion at the John and Frances Angelos Law Center.

The event celebrated the Aberdeen Summer Study Abroad Program in Comparative and International Law, which takes place annually in Aberdeen and which has attracted law students from UB and the University of Maryland for more than 30 years.

This year the Aberdeen program will run from July 9 to Aug. 3. Learn more here.

The March 7 event also honored one of the program’s founders, Professor David Carey Miller (1941-2016).

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