UB School of Law Dean Ron Weich to Appear on CNN on July 7 to Talk Supreme Court Nomination Process

Dean Ronald Weich

University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich will appear on CNN’s interview show with host Michael Smerconish on Saturday, July 7 at 9 a.m. ET. The segment will cover the Supreme Court’s nomination process, where the announced resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy has prompted speculation about who his replacement will be, and whether that replacement will lead a conservative majority in overturning Roe v. Wade and other cases.

Dean Weich, a former Justice Department official and counsel to Senate Democrats,  recently was quoted in The Washington Post about the nomination process.

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Prof. Wehle: Conservative-Majority Supreme Court Might ‘Tinker’ with Roe v. Wade Until It Is Practically Non-Existent

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Interviewed on NPR, University of Baltimore School of Law Prof. Kimberly Wehle says she considers the settled-law status of Roe V. Wade to be inviolate—but a Supreme Court with a strong conservative majority could “tinker” with its precedent until abortion law is increasingly unrecognizable to most Americans.

Roe “has been upheld many times, and even a conservative majority would be very hard-pressed to come in and say, ‘Listen, Roe was wrong all those years ago’,” she says. “But it could tinker with it in a way that makes it almost impossible to get an abortion, particularly for low-income women.”

As a national debate unfolds about the future of Roe in light of who will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Prof. Wehle says it’s wise to consider how undoing legal precedent for one issue can impact one, or many, others.

“We have to be really careful unraveling Roe, and what the ripple effects could be on other rights that we enjoy as Americans,” she says.

Listen to the NPR piece.

Learn more about Prof. Wehle.



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Dean Weich: Supreme Court Nominees’ Advisers Follow the ’80-20 Rule’ – Let the Senators Do Almost All of the Talking

Dean Ronald Weich

Interviewed by the Washington Post about the pre-hearing work done by potential Supreme Court nominees—work that is undoubtedly underway, since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Court on June 27—University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich recalled his own efforts serving as counsel for Senate Democrats in the mid 2000s, then later as a Department of Justice lawyer in more recent years.

Dean Weich says that advisers to Supreme Court nominees follow what they call the “80-20 rule,” which means that nominees are wise to let Senators do 80 percent of the talking during a hearing. He also noted that these teams typically treat the hearing process in a way that is remarkably similar to a high-profile court appearance: preparation is key.

“They’ve watched the prior hearings like Major League Baseball hitters watching tapes of the pitcher they’ll face the next day,” Weich said.

Read the article in the Washington Post.

Learn more about Dean Weich.


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Murdered Capital Gazette Reporter Had Covered UB Law Commencement

Rob Hiaasen, one of the reporters who died in the mass shooting at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis on June 28, covered the University of Baltimore School of Law’s 2015 Commencement, which featured a keynote address by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

“Many of us don’t set the bar very high when it comes to graduation speakers. While their intentions and messages are sincere, the speeches make you want to scurry back into the womb and dream of a massive do-over,” Hiaasen wrote in his column. “All this talk of finding your way, taking risk, making mistakes, learning from your mistakes, finding your passion, following your dreams, changing your dreams, changing your sheets — all that insufferable journeying, learning and changing. It was much easier being womb-based — working and living out of the home, so to speak.

“But Frosh’s speech kept me upright and in the real world. And there was a law professor who had the grown-up job of eulogizing a law student who died in a car accident three weeks before graduation. There are, she said, eulogy credentials and resume credentials — which are more meaningful and important? The things we say about ourselves on our resumes or things said about us in eulogies?”

Hiassen was known and appreciated by many at UB and other University System of Maryland institutions. He will be remembered for his civility, his reporter’s instincts, and his lifelong commitment to the importance of journalism in American democracy.

Read more about the Capital Gazette shooting.

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UB School of Law Earns Accolades at MSBA’s Pro Bono Service Awards

The University of Baltimore School of Law was well represented at the Maryland State Bar Association’s 2018 Pro Bono Service Awards, part of the MSBA’s annual meeting held in Ocean City, Md. on June 14.

MSBA awards ceremony

MSBA Pro Bono Service Award event attendees, left to right: Herbert Garten, Mary Price, UB School of Law Prof. Jane Murphy, Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Paul DeWolfe, and Sharon Goldsmith.

Law students Madonna Lebling, Christian Noble and Maya Zegarra shared in the Young Lawyers Section Alex Fee Memorial Award. The three were honored for their work as student volunteers with the Esperanza Center’s Pro Bono Project.

The UB School of Law’s Juvenile Justice Project was part of a larger group that received the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award, for their efforts to increase awareness and deliver effective counsel to the issue of juveniles serving life sentences in Maryland’s criminal-justice system. The MSBA noted that the group has recruited 50 pro bono attorneys and provided training and support for individuals in the system, since they started work in May 2017.

Learn more about the MSBA’s Pro Bono Service Awards.

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2017 UB School of Law Alumnus Wins Equal Justice Works Fellowship to Support Homeless Veterans

Christian Piatt, J.D. ’17, is a recipient of the 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship, one of the most prestigious and competitive post-graduate fellowships in the country. He is one of 67 recent law school graduates who will launch their public interest law careers through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship projectChristian_Piatt of their own design.

Piatt will be hosted at the Homeless Persons Representation Project, where he will work to eliminate legal barriers to stability and promote integration for justice-involved veterans through direct civil legal representation, outreach, education, and advocacy. He is sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation and Covington & Burling LLP.

Each year, Equal Justice Works selects a class of passionate public interest lawyers who have designed innovative projects in conjunction with nonprofit legal services organizations to respond to unmet legal needs in their communities. Equal Justice Works Fellows have represented thousands of adults, children, and families in need in communities across the country. Selected from 446 applications, the 2018 Class of Equal Justice Works Fellows includes graduates from 40 law schools who will work at 64 nonprofit legal services organizations in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Among this year’s sponsors are 35 leading law firms and 19 Fortune 500 corporations.

“Equal Justice Works offers recent law school graduates a unique opportunity to pursue their passion for public service by designing their own Fellowship projects aimed at addressing an emerging or complex legal issue in an underserved community,” said Sara Morello, executive vice president at Equal Justice Works. “We are proud to support these Fellows and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have in the communities they serve.”

Learn more about the 2018 Equal Justice Works Class of Fellows.

Learn more about the Homeless Persons Representation Project.

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Immigrant Rights Clinical Fellow: Indefinite Detention for Children at the Border? No – That’s Never a Good Idea

Nickole Miller Bio Photo

In an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Nickole Miller, a clinical teaching fellow for the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, writes that any policy that leads to detaining children at the border—especially if that detention does not have a clear endpoint—is harmful, even traumatic.

“As an immigration attorney, I have witnessed the toll indefinite detention takes on children and parents,” Miller writes. “Last year, just before Christmas, I traveled to the Berks Family Residential Center in Leesport, Pa. Berks is one of the few immigration detention facilities in the country that holds families. Despite the holiday decorations, the families I met were depressed and distraught. Parents were confused about the immigration process and when they would be released. Children were crying and listless. One little girl kept telling me she just wanted to go home. Another boy told me he missed playing soccer with friends.”

Miller points to research by organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics that makes it clear: children in these settings are both physically and mentally harmed by the experience.

“Furthermore, indefinite detention of children violates internationally accepted human rights principals,” she says.

Read the op-ed.

Learn more about Nickole Miller and the UB School of Law’s Immigrant Rights Clinic.


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