‘No-Stress Zone’ study break: Lots of pizza, lots of pups & pets

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1L Dany Donaty pets Edgar Allan Poe, a 3-year-old Pug-Pekinese mix, at Tuesday’s special study break.

Law students were treated to pizza and the chance to pet a few pups at Tuesday’s “No-Stress Zone” study break. Thanks to UBSPI for the pizza and to Pets on Wheels for the pups (who were very good sports, considering the appetizing aroma of the pizza that they weren’t — technically — allowed to eat).

UBSPI, or University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest, aims to inform UB law students about the breadth of public-interest law and offers them the chance to gain public-interest legal experience. For more than a decade, UBSPI has inspired law students to pursue careers dedicated to serving the less fortunate and to effecting systemic change in the legal system.

Learn about UBSPI and other student groups.

While we’re talking about UBSPI, mark your calendars now for the annual UBSPI auction, which raises money for stipends for students doing public-interest internships over the summer. The auction is set for Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, from 5:30-10 p.m. in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center’s Moot Courtroom.

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‘Be Brief’: 4 1Ls selected for successfully succinct sentences

The winners of the “Be Brief” competition have been announced — but first a few words about the contest:

Every fall, 1L students are challenged to describe their first semester of law school in only six words. This year, 2L Lauren Fleming led a group of upper-level students who reviewed the entries and selected the winners.

Dean Ronald Weich will take the winners to lunch next semester.

And now, the envelopes please …

Honorable mention: “REWARD. Lost mind. Last seen: August.” — Raquel Flynn
3rd place: “Not enough coffee in the world.” — Emma Dorris
2nd place: “So am I a lawyer yet?” — Julien Barnes
1st place: “Well, I’ve already borrowed the money.” — Ashley Jenkins

Here are past years’ winners and their successfully succinct sentences:

2016-2017:

Honorable mention: “Recurrent cold calls haunt my daydreams.” – Adrianne Blake
3rd place: “What’s actually going on right now?” – Lauren Fleming
2nd place: “Which floor has a men’s bathroom?!” – Christopher Thibeault
1st place: “I am not a reasonable person.” – Ishar Singh

2015-2016:

3rd place: “How does one The Blue Book?” — Greg Waterworth
2nd place: “Attending catering events because I’m poor.” — Katrina Smith
1st place: “Been to war, that was easier.” — Justin Dandois

2014-2015:

3rd place: “Tort down for what, Gregory Dolin.” — Frank Falatko
2nd place: “No one warned me about Warnken.” — Thomas Barnes
1st place: “Keep friends close, Black’s Law closer.” — Tommy Donahue

2013-2014:

3rd place: “Never mind, I’ll take the stairs.” — Stella Park
2nd place: “The glass elevator skipped me! Again!” — Esther Grenness
1st place: “One-L, can’t wait to be Done-L” — Emily Greene

2012-2013:

Honorable mention: “Discovered new hours in the day.” — Chris Walker
3rd place: “‘The Paper Chase’ is a documentary.” — Allan Johnson
2nd place: “I’d like some more coffee please.” — Jon Dunn
1st place: “How many days till winter break?” — Nida Kanwal

2011-2012:

3rd place: “Do six words need a citation?” — Zvi Friedman
2nd place: “My drinking group has studying problems.” — Dave Trojanowski
1st place: “Buh bye Facebook and hello Bluebook.” — Gina Dyson

2010-2011:

Honorable mention: “Plato survived Socrates; so will I.” — Ellen Cobb
3rd place: “This ‘reasonable person’ needs a beer.” — Samantha Healy|
2nd place: “Baltimore looks fun from library windows.” — Emily Kolas
1st place: “What do you mean ‘it depends’”? — Eurie Choi

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Giving Tuesday: Donate to the law school & make Poe happy

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Edgar Allan Poe wonders how he, a master of dread, wound up looking so cheerful. Nevermind!

Next Tuesday (Nov. 28) is Giving Tuesday. Please give to the University of Baltimore School of Law! Every gift is an investment in the success of our students.

For each law school donation, a shiny gray bow will be stuck on the statue of Edgar Allan Poe on UB’s Gordon Plaza. Last year the statue of the writer was covered with 643 bows of various hues.

Help us spread the word by sharing news of your gift on social media using these hashtags: #GivingTuesday #BowOnPoe #UBalt #UBaltLaw #Warnken #McMunn #UPSPI

This year, President Kurt Schmoke and UB’s deans have pledged to match every dollar raised up to $22,000.

Make your donation here.

You can make a general gift to the School of Law Annual Giving Fund to support student scholarships and other critical law school needs, or you can make your gift (or gifts) in support of one – or all! – of these three special campaigns:

In Honor of Professor Byron Warnken
Gifts made in honor of Professor Warnken will be used for scholarships that will enable future students to obtain the excellent, practical education for which UB and Professor Warnken are known. At the close of this campaign, the Moot Courtroom in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center will be named in honor of Professor Warnken. To direct your funds here, please select “In Honor of” and type “Professor Warnken” in the comment box.

In Memory of Rose McMunn
Gifts made in memory of long-time UB School of Law staff member Rose McMunn, who passed away last year, will be directed to an annual award in her honor that will be given to an especially deserving member of the UB School of Law staff. To direct your funds here, please select “In Memory of” and type “Rose McMunn” in the comment box.

In Support of UB Students for Public Interest (UBSPI)
Donations for UB Students for Public Interest (UBSPI) support grants for UB law students interested in working at public-interest organizations over the summer. Previous grants have allowed students to work at Maryland Legal Aid, House of Ruth Maryland, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Justice Center and the Homeless Persons Representation Project, among other organizations.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Junot at mjunot@ubalt.edu or 410.837.4142.

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Wehle dispels ‘legal myths’ about regulation of gun ownership

In an op-ed in The Hill, Professor Kimberly Wehle set out to dispel what she called “legal myths” about the regulation of gun ownership in the United States.

The op-ed followed the Nov. 5 massacre of 26 people by a gunman who entered a Texas church during a Sunday service. This week, another gunman, this one in California, opened fire in an elementary school and other locations, killing four people; before his rampage he killed his wife.

The California incident was the 17th mass shooting in the United States this month, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as a single event in which four or more people are shot and/or killed, not including the shooter.

Read “Second Amendment myths everyone should stop believing” (The Hill, Nov. 8, 2017).

Wrote Wehle: “We can’t productively address the issue of gun regulation if we don’t understand the constitutional ground on which the Second Amendment rests.”

Among the myths is the notion that “arms” includes handguns, rifles and semi-automatic weapons.

“This one is off,” Wehle wrote. “’Arms’ is not defined in the Second Amendment itself, but would anyone seriously argue that it means your neighbor can store plutonium in his garage and make a nuclear bomb to protect his family? Of course not.”

In 2008, the Supreme Court found, in Heller v. District of Columbia, that handguns can be kept and used in the home for self-defense.

However, Wehle said, “[t]he court then laid out a bunch of factors that may be important in deciding if something else constitutes ‘Arms’ under the Second Amendment — including whether a weapon is one that musket-bearing settlers would have commonly used, and whether it is ‘dangerous and unusual.’

“The court also carved areas where the right can be limited — such as for mentally ill persons and felons, or in and around schools and government buildings. (The justices don’t even want cameras in their courtroom, let alone machine guns.)”

Concluded Wehle: “The question comes down to this: Does the Second Amendment right to self-defense outweigh the heightened dangers of increasingly lethal guns?”

Learn about Professor Wehle, the author of the forthcoming book The Outsourced Constitution: How Public Power in Private Hands Erodes Democracy.

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Schwidetzky: Tax plan provision could benefit ‘the everyman’

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Professor Walter Schwidetzky

In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, Professor Walter Schwidetzky writes that while many pundits have criticized the Republican tax-reform plan for favoring the rich over “the everyman,” one proposed change would benefit the “little guy” by giving a multi-billion-dollar boost to Social Security and Medicare.

Writes Schwidetzky: “The increase would come with the closure of a payroll tax loophole that’s somehow been allowed to linger for decades, despite several attempts to seal it.”

Schwidetzky writes that 95 percent of businesses are not taxed as corporations in the traditional sense; instead, their income “passes through” the company and is taxed to the owners. A set of provisions in the proposed House tax bill would ensure that individuals cannot use such “pass-throughs” to avoid paying Social Security and Medicare taxes.

Read “Republican tax plan would boost Social Security, Medicare” (Nov. 13, 2017).

Learn more about Professor Schwidetzky.

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Monday 11/13: Learn about CLIA and the Just Kids Campaign

CLIA_flyer_Nov13Learn about Community Law In Action — or CLIA — and its Just Kids Campaign at a Monday-afternoon event sponsored by the law school’s chapters of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Room 802
Angelos Law Center

1401 N. Charles St.
Baltimore 21201

Light refreshments will be served.

CLIA is a nonprofit dedicated to effecting positive social change by supporting young people and developing youth leaders. The group, which seeks to reduce violence in Baltimore, runs mock trial programs in city high schools and teaches young people about the legal system.

Youth working with CLIA lead the Just Kids Campaign, which aims to end the prosecution of children as adults in Maryland’s criminal justice system.

Learn about UB’s chapters of BLSA and NLG, as well as other organizations for law students.

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Job posting: Office of Law Admissions seeks assistant director

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Office of Law Admissions is seeking an assistant director.

Access the job listing and application instructions. 

The assistant director, the primary recruiter for law admissions, coordinates on- and off-campus events, maintains the website and the daily visit calendar, processes applications, counsels prospective and admitted students, and oversees social media accounts, among other responsibilities.

The exempt, full-time position comes with a competitive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with qualifications.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 17. An electronic application is required.

We look forward to receiving your application with a cover letter and a resume attached so we can learn about your interest in and qualifications for the position.

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