It’s not too late to lend a hand during Alternative Spring Break!

Alternate Spring Break 2017

Have fun with your classmates and colleagues while giving back to your community. All volunteer hours count toward the Pro Bono Challenge!

Click here or on the image above to learn more about Alternative Spring Break.

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Land and Development symposium to focus on Port Covington

Land + Dev 2017

Click here or on the image above to RSVP for the University of Baltimore Journal of Land and Development‘s spring symposium, “The Port Covington Redevelopment Project.” The event will examine the project’s potential effects on affordable housing and the environment.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Room 1002
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201

From the calendar item:

Baltimore’s housing law requires that 20 percent of housing in a development built using public funds be affordable to people at varying income levels below the area’s median. Though Sagamore, the developer of the Port Covington redevelopment project, received $660 million in a public-financing package to develop Port Covington, the city waived the 20 percent affordable-housing requirement. Sagamore has stated that 10 percent of housing units would be affordable to households making 80-100 percent of the Area Median Income.

About $19.6 million of the first series of bonds (valued at $64.3 million) will go toward building a park. The developer says the East Waterfront Park will help prevent shoreline erosion and will address environmental concerns while also opening up a section of waterfront to the public.

Learn more about the Journal of Land and Development.

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U.S. News: High marks for clinical law, part-time J.D. programs

Baltimore Law (Fall 2016) cover

Click on the image to read about UB’s clinical law program in the Fall 2016 issue of Baltimore Law magazine.

Good news on a slushy morning: UB’s clinical law and part-time J.D. programs did exceptionally well in the annual U.S. News law school rankings, which were made public today.

In a note to the faculty, Dean Ronald Weich wrote:

“U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of law schools and specialty programs within law schools. I’m very proud that the clinical program at the University of Baltimore School of Law’s is now ranked as the 12th-best clinical program in the country. This represents a big jump from our ranking last year (#21) and is the best ranking ever attained by the UB law clinics. I congratulate the many members of our faculty and staff who have contributed to this success.     

“In other news from U.S. News… Our part-time (evening) J.D. program is now ranked #29, an improvement from last year’s ranking of #36. Meanwhile, our overall law school ranking held steady; last year we were tied for #111 and this year we are tied for #112 out of more than 200 law schools in the United States. Effectively, we held onto the significant gains we have made since 2014, when we were ranked #135. One key to further progress in the rankings is strengthening our bar-pass rate, a goal to which we are devoting significant attention and resources.

“I have always said we should not put too much stock in rankings, which are heavily influenced by the subjective factor of ‘reputation.’ But UB’s reputation for outstanding clinical education is in fact well deserved and our #12 ranking is extremely gratifying.”

Click here or on the image above to read about UB’s clinical law program in the Fall 2016 issue of Baltimore Law magazine.

Click here to read a story in The Daily Record about U.S. News scores for the UB and Maryland law schools. (You will need a subscription to read the full article.)

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Calling all Law Review alums: Don’t miss the party on April 6!

Law Review Alumni InvitationThe University of Baltimore Law Review and Dean Ronald Weich are pleased to invite all Law Review alumni to a reception on Thursday, April 6 at Barcocina in Fell’s Point.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and is open to all Law Review alums. The event is free.

Barcocina is located at 1629 Thames St., Baltimore 21231.

Please RSVP to ublawreview@ubalt.edu by March 30.

If you or your firm would like to co-sponsor the event, please send an email to the same address.

Learn more about the University of Baltimore Law Review.

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Schochor, Federico and Staton donate $25K for scholarships

The law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton has donated $25,000 to the University of Baltimore School of Law for scholarships given to high-achieving students.

The Baltimore-based medical malpractice firm, which serves clients throughout Maryland and in Washington, D.C., employs several UB law grads, including founding partner Philip Federico, J.D. ‘83.

Said Federico: “It’s truly an honor to partner with such a fine academic institution. We hope this donation will enable exceptional, committed students to have access to the high-quality education the University of Baltimore School of Law provides.”

Other UB law alumni at the firm include partner Jim Cardea, J.D. ‘95, partner Jonathan Goldberg, J.D. ‘91, attorney medical investigator Tara Clary, J.D. ‘95, and attorney medical investigator Nicole Szeliga, J.D. ‘12.

UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich said of Shochor, Federico and Staton: “The firm boasts several outstanding University of Baltimore law graduates. Their success reflects well on our school, and the firm’s support for the next generation of UB law students is commendable and very much appreciated.”

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March 16 book talk: Bessler on ‘The Death Penalty as Torture’

Bessler book event evite 3-16-17Professor John Bessler will discuss his new book, The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017, in the 12th-floor reading room of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201).

Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, will offer commentary.

A reception and book signing will follow the discussion.

Click here or on the image at right to RSVP.

Learn about Professor Bessler, the author of several works on the death penalty.

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Yo, Adam! Weich in training for March 28 ‘judicial throwdown’

Professor Byron Warnken works to get Dean Weich in shape for the March 28 "judicial throwdown" between Weich and student Adam Shareef. Check out the videos!

Professor Byron Warnken pummels Dean Ronald Weich as part of a grueling training regimen designed to get Weich in shape for a March 28 “judicial throwdown” with student Adam Shareef. The event is sponsored by UB’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. Watch the training video here.

As famous non-lawyer Leonardo Da Vinci is said to have said, “Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”

With the artist’s sentiment in mind, the law school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society has challenged Dean Ronald Weich to a “judicial throwdown” – an oral argument with student Adam Shareef, president of the Moot Court board.

“As law students at the University of Baltimore School of Law, we are offered a practical approach to learning – an approach that affords us the ability to enter the legal practice exceptionally well prepared,” the student group wrote in its challenge to Weich. “As many of us near the end of our law school journey, one question comes to mind: Has the pupil gained enough knowledge to truly say he has surpassed the master?”

Da Vinci isn’t the only inspirational Italian in this story: In response to a challenge video from Shareef, Weich appeared in a video of his own that provides a peek into the dean’s preparations for the forthcoming showdown.

Ain’t gonna be no rematch.

Check out the two videos (thanks to 1L Usman Suleman) and make sure your volume is turned up! And mark your calendars for the “Clash of the Titans” on March 28. Here are the details:

5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Moot Courtroom
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201

Shareef will be joined by Rima Kikani, J.D. ’14, an associate at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy. Weich will be joined by DLA Piper Professor of Law Michael Meyerson.

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