Winter 2014


José Anderson

Professor Anderson published an op-ed in The Afro on Oct. 23 titled “Judge Blake Issued a Bold, Risky and Wise Opinion.”  Wrote Anderson of Judge Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court of Maryland: “Judge Blake’s ruling, going back to 1890, described Maryland’s higher education system as operating both an exclusionary and a dual system from its beginnings, providing inferior schools for its Black citizens. She explained that despite several commission reports and studies throughout the decades that followed the 1930s ‘separate but equal’ litigation, Maryland had never solved the problems of inequality in higher education.”


Barbara Babb

Professor Babb’s article “Maryland’s Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children” appeared in 72 Maryland Law Review 1124 (2013). The article grew out of a symposium convened to celebrate Maryland Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, who retired last summer.

Professor Babb co-wrote a chapter on therapeutic jurisprudence to appear in the Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Springer, 2014).

Babb contributed a chapter to Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives, which was edited by Richard L. Wiener and Eve M. Brank (Springer, 2013). Babb’s chapter is titled “Unified Family Courts: An Interdisciplinary Framework and a Problem-Solving Approach.”


John Bessler

Professor Bessler has accepted an invitation to speak about the death penalty at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis on March 1. The keynote speakers will be the Dalai Lama and Sister Helen Prejean.


Wendy Gerzog

Professor Gerzog’s article “Graev: Conditional Facade Easement” appeared in 140 Tax Notes 1607 (Sept. 30, 2013).


Michele Gilman

Professor Gilman spoke Dec. 12 at the New America Foundation. The program – “In Poverty, Under Surveillance” – examined the experiences of families and individuals in the public benefits system, which requires them to provide extensive personal and financial information as well as to submit to unannounced visits, fingerprinting and drug testing.

Gilman spoke about a forthcoming chapter for the book The Poverty Law Canon at an Oct. 25 conference at American University Washington College of Law.  Her chapter focuses on Wyman v. James, in which the Supreme Court upheld government visits to the homes of welfare applicants.

Gilman was a facilitator at the Clinical Law Review Writer’s Workshop at the New York University School of Law on Sept. 28 for a panel titled “Incorporating Interdisciplinary Models in Law Teaching.”

Gilman was a presenter and co-organizer at the Boston Area Clinical Scholarship Workshop, held at Suffolk University Law School on Aug. 8.


Nienke Grossman

In November, Professor Grossman spoke at a conference about women judges on domestic and international courts at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Grossman spoke about why international courts have so few women judges. Her remarks can be accessed here.

Grossman recently published “The Normative Legitimacy of International Courts,” 86 Temple Law Review 61 (2013).


Daniel Hatcher

An Oct. 14 Baltimore Sun op-ed by Professor Hatcher – “How Maryland robs its most vulnerable children” – discussed the hiring of a private firm by the state to obtain Social Security disability and survivor benefits from foster children to use as government revenue. The op-ed prompted a letter to the editor from Ted Dallas, secretary of the state’s Department of Human Resources (“DHR is not ‘robbing’ any children”). Hatcher submitted a rebuttal – “Sorry, but DHR is robbing foster children” – that ran as a letter in The Sun on Oct. 23.


Michael Higginbotham

Professor Higginbotham delivered three endowed lectures in the fall. The first, on Sept. 11 — the Nellie Nugent Sommerville Lecture on Politics and Public Affairs at Delta State University in Mississippi – was titled “Saving the Dream for All.” On Sept. 17, Higginbotham was the keynote speaker at Ohio’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Constitution Day, with “Ending Racism in Post-Racial America.” Professor Higginbotham also presented the University of Notre Dame Diversity Lecture on Nov. 14, “Hopeful Dreams and Post-Racial Realities.”

Will Hubbard

Professor Hubbard presented several lectures in the fall. In November, he delivered “The Debilitating Effect of Strong Patents” at the George Washington School of Law and at the University of New Hampshire Intellectual Property Roundtable. In October, Hubbard was a member of a UB School of Law panel, where he delivered “Pixels, Not Papers: Creating and Assessing Digital Assignments.” In September, Hubbard participated in a UB Constitution Day panel titled “U.S. Supreme Court 2013 Term Preview.” Earlier, Hubbard presented “Intellectual Property and X-Inefficiency” at the Mid-Atlantic Patent Works-in-Progress Conference and at the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference.

Hubbard recently published “The Competitive Advantage of Weak Patents,” 54 Boston College Law Review 1909 (2013).


Margaret Johnson

Professor Johnson was the moderator and the organizer of a panel discussion, “The Link Between Homelessness and Domestic Violence,” at the UB School of Law on Oct. 9.

On Sept. 28, Johnson gave a presentation, “Safety, Not Security,” at the Clinical Law Review’s Clinical Writers’ Workshop at New York University’s School of Law.

Johnson also was the moderator and a discussant at an anniversary celebration at the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center in September.


Elizabeth Keyes

Professor Keyes was quoted in a Jan. 9 article in The New York Times, “Claim Against Indian Diplomat Has Echoes of Previous Cases.” Keyes wrote a follow-up letter, “Diplomats and Their Help,” that was published Jan. 14.

Keyes and student Jose Perez were featured in a Dec. 3 Daily Record article, “Law student paves way for asylum seeker.” Perez, a 3L who works in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, spent five months drafting a brief on behalf of a transgender asylum seeker from Honduras. “He was so well prepared, the hearing took only 45 minutes,” the story said of Perez. Said Keyes, director of the clinic: “Jose has been dedicated since the first day. … He took responsibility for this case immediately.”


Dionne Koller

Professor Koller published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun on Nov. 20 titled “High school football: a dangerous game.” In light of the injuries and deaths of young players, Koller argued that parents, coaches, schools and youth sports groups should change the rules of the game to better protect children.


Robert Lande

On Dec. 3, Professor Lande participated in a debate at the American Antitrust Institute’s annual Conference on Private Antitrust Enforcement, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The topic was whether private antitrust enforcement is desirable.

On Oct. 5, Lande gave a talk in Florence, Italy, titled “The U.S. Experience With Private Antitrust Enforcement.” The address was given at a workshop on private antitrust enforcement held by the European University Institute.

Professor Lande wrote or co-wrote the following articles:

Joshua P. Davis and Robert H. Lande, “Defying Conventional Wisdom: The Case for Private Antitrust Enforcement,” 48 Georgia Law Review 1 (2013).

Thomas J. Horton and Robert H. Lande, “Should the Internet Exempt the Media Sector From the Antitrust Laws?” 65 Florida Law Review 1521 (2013).

Joshua P. Davis and Robert H. Lande, “Toward an Empirical and Theoretical Assessment of Private Antitrust Enforcement,” 36 Seattle Law Review 1269 (2013).

Robert H. Lande, “A Traditional and Textual Analysis of the Goals of Antitrust:  Efficiency, Preventing Theft From Consumers, and Consumer Choice,” 81 Fordham Law Review 2349 (2013).

Jaime Lee

Professor Lee published “Can You Hear Me Now?” 7 Harvard Law & Policy Review 405 (2013).

With Professor Nancy Modesitt, Lee was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the University of Baltimore School of Law at January’s annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New York.


Michael Meyerson

Professor Meyerson had a letter published in the Dec. 1 New York Times Book Review. Responding to a review of Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an, Meyerson wrote: “Jefferson’s reading of the Quran was part of his education, but it certainly did not ‘account for his most enduring contributions to liberal democracy.’”


Nancy Modesitt

With Professor Jaime Lee, Professor Modesitt was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the University of Baltimore School of Law at January’s annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.


Jane Murphy & Robert Rubinson

In December, Professors Murphy and Rubinson presented a paper, “Legal Education, Low Income Communities and Informal Justice,” at Jindal Global Law School in India at the annual conference of the Global Alliance for Justice Education. They were among delegates representing 60 countries and more than 100 law schools.

Max Oppenheimer

Professor Oppenheimer represented the inventor of a vaccine designed to prevent and/or treat cancer and certain infections, which received a patent from the U.S. Patent Office on Nov. 26 (U.S. Patent 8,592,391).[u4]  The vaccine is in clinical trials in the United States, at The Johns Hopkins University and at the Medical University of South Carolina, and in Canada.


Mortimer Sellers

Professor Sellers gave a lecture in October at the Casa Machiavelli near Florence, Italy, at the invitation of the International Association of Constitutional Law to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. Sellers’ talk was titled “Niccolò Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Constitutionalism.”

In November, Sellers delivered “The Fundamental Requirements of the Rule of Law” at the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg at the invitation of the American Bar Association and the Russian Federation Society of Advocates.

Judge Frederic Smalkin

On Nov. 13, Judge Smalkin presented the School of Law’s inaugural Stephen L. Snyder Lecture on Litigation. His talk was titled “A Brief History of the Jury Trial From About 1250 to the Present.” Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Lynne Battaglia and attorney Charles Iliff provided commentary.


Charles Tiefer

In a Jan. 2 interview with Federal News Radio, Professor Tiefer, a former member of the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that competition for federal contracts should be tougher in 2014 as a result of the government’s effort to increase transparency in bidding and procurement. Tiefer was quoted in a front-page New York Times story on Nov. 30, “Scandal Widens Over Contracts for Navy Work.”

Tiefer also was quoted in an Oct. 24 Marketplace story about the initially problem-plagued Obamacare website. Tiefer’s question for the contractors responsible for the site: Was the project underfunded from the beginning?


Byron Warnken

On Oct. 22, students, faculty, staff and alumni attended an event in the law school’s moot courtroom to celebrate the publication of Professor Warnken’s three-volume treatise, Maryland Criminal Procedure.


Dean Ronald Weich

On Nov. 21, Dean Weich took part in a panel on federal sentencing at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy.




Claudia Diamond

Director of Academic Support Claudia Diamond contributed an op-ed to The Baltimore Sun on Nov. 7. In “Bar exam does not a lawyer make,” Diamond argued that prospective admittees to the bar be required to provide pro bono services to the poor and to institutions helping society’s most vulnerable.




Adeen Postar has accepted an offer to serve as the new director of the law library, succeeding long-time director Will Tress, who retired in December. Postar, who has worked as a law librarian and as the deputy director of the Pence Law Library at American University Washington College of Law since 2004, earned a master’s degree in library science from Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science. She also holds a J.D. and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Professor Audrey McFarlane headed the library director search committee. Joanne Colvin is serving as the acting law library director until Postar begins work on May 12.

Clement Lau, the library’s associate director for technical services and administration, resigned Feb. 1 to assume a new position as the associate librarian for technical and collection services at Hong Kong Baptist University. He can be reached at




On Dec. 16, representatives from the Baltimore office of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), which is housed in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, offered an introductory immigration law training to UB School of Law alumni.

As part of a national Legal Writing Institute series, the UB School of Law hosted a one-day workshop at the Angelos Law Center on Dec. 13. Organized by Claudia Diamond and titled “Preparing Practice-Ready Students,” the workshop drew legal writing educators from across the country.

A Nov. 14 symposium sponsored by the University of Baltimore Law Forum brought together prominent attorneys, legislators and judges for a lively discussion and debate about the impacts of voter referenda, recent court cases and potential legislation on Maryland lawmaking.

On Nov. 9, a forum on diversity in the law featured talks by Professors Gilda Daniels, Audrey McFarlane and Michael Meyerson, as well as by Mark Bell, the UB School of Law’s director of diversity initiatives and recruitment.

On Nov. 6, David Thaler presented a talk titled “Sprawlburbia: The American Dream?” Thaler, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers and a surveyor, land planner and land-use consultant, discussed the spread of sprawl in the United States over the past several decades.

On Oct. 31, the School of Law’s chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored a discussion led by Harvey A. Silverglate, the author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. The talk was moderated by Professor Byron Warnken.

Marcia Coyle, J.D. `86, the chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, visited the law school on Oct. 28 to discuss her book The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution. Coyle has covered the Supreme Court for 25 years.

On Oct. 25, Professor Garrett Epps and University of Texas law professor and author Sanford Levinson met at the law center to discuss Epps’ latest book, American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution, which was published by Oxford University Press in August. Levinson, like Epps a constitutional scholar, concluded: “I think Garrett likes the Constitution more than I do.” The hourlong discussion can be viewed here (the recording is broken into three sections):
Part I: Sanford Levinson
Part II: Garrett Epps
Part III: Q&A

On Oct. 24, a former federal prosecutor and a lawyer whom he prosecuted took part in an ethics program titled “The Consequences of Public Corruption: An Insider’s Story.”  The program featured Henry J. “Hank” Shea, now a senior distinguished fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and Richard Juliano, a one-time deputy to disgraced former Gov. George Ryan of Illinois. Ryan pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 2002. Juliano was a cooperating witness in the trials of Ryan and his associates.

The UB School of Law’s Black Law Students Association, the Public Justice Center and the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel presented a panel discussion at the law center on Oct. 24 titled “Civil Gideon: The Movement for a Civil Right to Counsel.”

The Judicial Institute at the UB School of Law presented a program titled “The Impact of Poverty in Judicial Decision-Making” on Oct. 24. Professor Michele Gilman helped coordinate the event and was a speaker.

From Oct. 7-18, the UB School of Law was host to 20 judges from the Nanjing People’s Intermediate Court in Nanjing, China. The program, organized by Professor Eric Easton, focused on judges’ roles in American civil litigation. Faculty members that took part included The Hon. Frederic Smalkin, Robert Rubinson, Byron Warnken, James Maxeiner and John Lynch. Clement Lau, technical services director in the law library, also participated, as did visiting scholars Wang Yonggang, Shen Xiuqin and Zhang Jing. Staff member Rose McMunn provided logistical support.

On Oct. 7, the School of Law’s chapter of the Federalist Society sponsored a debate about the death penalty between Professor John Bessler and William G. Otis, a former federal prosecutor who served as a special counsel to President George H.W. Bush and is now an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Professor Colin Starger was the moderator.





On Nov. 22, Aniceto Masferrer, professor of legal history at the University of Valencia in Spain, presented the Center for International and Comparative Law’s Stead Seminar titled “The Natural Rights Origins of Modern Constitutionalism.” Masferrer is the author most recently of Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law (2013).

On Sept. 5, the Center for International and Comparative Law hosted a Stead Seminar on “Diversity, Justice and the Plurality of Legal Norms,” which was presented by Sergio Dellavalle, a professor at the University of Turin in Italy.



The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC), which is directed by Professor Barbara Babb, in January received a $43,172 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. The funds will be used to hire an attorney to work with CFCC’s Truancy Court Program.

In December, the Truancy Court Program (TCP) completed its 18th session with an unprecedented 74 percent graduation rate for the fall. CFCC operated the TCP in seven schools in Baltimore, serving 147 students and their families, and three middle schools in Montgomery County, serving 37 students and their families. More than 20 UB students volunteered as TCP tutors to help truant students who were afraid to return to school because they lagged behind their peers academically. In addition, eight second- and third-year law students enrolled in the CFCC Student Fellows Program actively participated as members of the TCP team in eight schools.

On Dec. 5, CFCC held an event to celebrate the formation of a Maryland chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

On Dec. 2, Babb and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger made a presentation about the Truancy Court Program to physicians, residents, social workers and other health professionals and students at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. CFCC will work with Johns Hopkins to develop and implement programs for families and children in Baltimore City public schools.

The Truancy Court Program was the topic of a Nov. 27 article in the Montgomery County Gazette.

CFCC received a $50,000 grant from the Charles Crane Family Foundation to help operate the Truancy Court Program during the 2014-2015 academic year.

CFCC hosted a two-part program, “Family Law 101: Basics for the New Practitioner,” in September and October. Designed for beginning family law practitioners, the program provided information and guidance on a range of family law issues and featured judges, masters, members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and attorneys from the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.




On Jan. 16, Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Shirley Watts swore in 75 clinic student-attorneys. Judge Watts swore in 69 clinic student-attorneys in August.

Danielle Cover, a visiting professor in the Family Law Clinic, and Sabrina Balgamwalla, a fellow in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, have accepted tenure-track teaching positions beginning next academic year. Cover will join the faculty of the University of Wyoming College of Law, where she will teach the Legal Services Clinic, torts and poverty law. Balgamwalla will join the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she will teach a clinic with a focus on immigration law.




Rachel Snyder, J.D. `13, has accepted a job as a legislative assistant to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland).

Michael Stone, J.D. `13, is a 2014 Equal Justice Works fellow. His project is supported by the Homeless Persons Representation Project in partnership with Hogan Lovells and the Lockheed Martin Corp. The goal of Stone’s work is to reduce veteran homelessness in rural Maryland by providing legal assistance and advocacy on Veterans Administration benefits through the use of technology that links “nonrural” pro bono attorneys to veterans in rural areas.rp. The goal of the program is to reduce veteran homelessness in rural Maryland by providing legal assistance and advocacy on VA benefits through the innovative use of technology linking nonrural pro bono attorneys to rural veterans. Congratulations Mike!

A University of Baltimore Law Review note by Alyssa Brown, J.D. `12, was cited in a report to Congress prepared by the Congressional Research Service.  Brown’s note addressed antitrust issues that can arise when pharmaceutical companies settle patent infringement cases.




Four of Professor Cassandra Havard’s banking law students — Dan Abrahmson, J.D.  `14, Pallavi Kachoria, J.D. `14, Timothy Hart, J.D. `14, and Edith Ngwaba, J.D. `15 — attended the annual meeting of Lend for America at the University of Pennsylvania in October. Lend for America helps student leaders create microfinance institutions on their campuses. The students drafted a funding proposal and plan to form an organization in the spring to raise interest in the project across the UB community.




Engineering News-Record included the John and Frances Angelos Law Center in its national 2013 “Best of the Best Projects” list, which, the magazine said, wraps up “a seven-month effort to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. among projects completed between July 2012 and June 2013.”












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