Professor Byron Warnken, aka ‘Mr. UB,’ will retire this spring

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Professor Byron L. Warnken

Byron L. Warnken, the legendary University of Baltimore School of Law professor known to many as “Mr. UB,” will retire this spring. He has been at the law school for 45 years – starting as an evening student in 1973 — and helped launch the careers of hundreds of attorneys.

Warnken, who taught primarily criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure, directed the law school’s judicial internship program for 33 years, placing more than 3,000 law students with judges. He also served as the faculty adviser to the Moot Court board.

In 2013, Professor Warnken published Maryland Criminal Procedure, a three-volume work that is an indispensable resource for criminal lawyers in Maryland.

The UB School of Law will celebrate Professor Warnken and dedicate its Moot Courtroom in his honor at a May 3, 2018, event at UB’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201). The event will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

See ticket and donation information below.

A Baltimore native, Warnken was the first male in his family to earn a high school diploma. As a child, Professor Warnken attended the prestigious McDonogh School on a scholarship. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1968 and then spent four years in the Army as an enlisted man.

Upon his discharge, Warnken enrolled at the UB School of Law. He graduated cum laude in 1977 and began teaching full time at the law school the following year.

Professor Warnken married Bonnie Lee Angevine, a nurse, in 1969.

The law was a family affair in the Warnken household. Bonnie Warnken earned a J.D. from the UB School of Law in 1990, while Bonnie and Byron’s son, Byron B. Warnken, earned a J.D. from UB in 2004. Their daughter, Heather B. Warnken, earned a J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School and an LL.M. in Social Justice from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

May 3 event to honor Professor Warnken:
The evening event is open to the public, but tickets are required. You may purchase or reserve tickets online, or you can mail a check payable to the University of Baltimore Foundation to the address below c/o Michelle Junot. (Please write “Warnken” in the memo line of your check.)

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

Tickets purchased after April 30:
·        $100 per ticket

To be a part of law school history, please take part in the campaign to rename the Moot Courtroom in Professor Warnken’s honor. You may give online here or you can mail a check made payable to the University of Baltimore Foundation to:

University of Baltimore School of Law
c/o Michelle Junot
1420 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

(Again, note “Warnken” on your check’s memo line.)

All donations go to the School of Law Annual Giving Fund, which supports student scholarships and other critical law school needs. Donors will be recognized in the May 3 event program.

Contribute a story, photo or memory:
Help us create a special keepsake book for Professor Warnken and his family by sharing a story, a photo or a memory. Write us at for more information.

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