Professor Emeritus Byron L. Warnken, who retired earlier this year after 45 years at the University of Baltimore School of Law, has been chosen to receive an Icon Honors award from The Daily Record. He will join 29 other notable Maryland business leaders at a December event recognizing them for “their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field,” according to the newspaper.
Prof. Warnken first became part of the law school community in 1973, when he began his first year as a student. Soon after earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1977, he was named an adjunct law professor, and later a tenure-track professor. A master of the Socratic method, Prof. Warnken taught criminal law for many years and authored a three-volume work, Maryland’s Criminal Procedure.
Prof. Warnken helped develop programs to help diversify the student body and give students meaningful externship opportunities, and he built an impressive Moot Court program. He was also widely known for his many appearances on television news shows, explaining intricacies of high-profile cases that captured the public eye.
Congratulations, Prof. Warnken! We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor.