RSVP now for 4th Annual Gala for the Fannie Angelos Program

Fannie Angelos gala inviteDon’t miss the 4th Annual Gala for the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence, the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2017 Diversity Leadership Award.

Read the cover story of the Fall 2017 issue of Baltimore Law, which focuses on the Fannie Angelos Program.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
6-10 p.m.
Belvedere Hotel
1 E. Chase St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Before Oct. 19: $160 per person
or $1,500 per table of 10
After Oct. 19: $175 per person

RSVP today — no more than 300 tickets will be sold!

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Oct. 24: Law Review symposium to focus on gun violence

Law Review -- gun violence -- for blog etcPlease join the University of Baltimore Law Review for a symposium on gun violence.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
12th floor
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1410 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Panelists are to include:

Janice Bledsoe
Baltimore City deputy state’s attorney

David Collins
Investigative reporter, WBAL-TV

Major Byron Conaway
Commanding officer, Baltimore Police Department’s Homeland Security Section

Cassandra Kercher Crifasi, Ph.D.
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Staci Pipkin
Rubin & Pipkin

Jonathan Thompson
Executive director, National Sheriffs’ Association

Moderator: Jim Astrachan
Astrachan Gunst & Thomas
Adjunct professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

RSVP here or click on the image.

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Toward parity: Grossman takes part in GQUAL Conference

Professor Nienke Grossman (left) and Howard University Professor Josephine Dawuni in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.

Professor Nienke Grossman (left) and Howard University Professor Josephine Dawuni in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.

Professor Nienke Grossman took part last week in the GQUAL Conference in The Hague. Founded two years ago at UN headquarters in New York, the group – which includes representatives of states, as well as leading scholars, lawyers, jurists and activists – seeks to raise awareness about the underrepresentation of women in virtually all international tribunals and monitoring bodies, according to the conference website.

The conference, held Oct. 3-5, 2017, at The Hague Institute for Global Justice in The Netherlands, featured discussions and workshops devoted to academic research and policies designed to increase the participation of women in international tribunals and monitoring bodies.

Grossman took part in a panel with Ana Helena Chacón, the vice president of Costa Rica, and also served as the rapporteur and organizer of a working group on how to achieve parity on the International Court of Justice.

Learn more about the GQUAL conference.

Learn more about Professor Grossman and the UB School of Law’s Center for International and Comparative Law.

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TODAY! Hear the Ravens’ general counsel discuss his job

Ravens speakerJoin Brandon Etheridge, general counsel for the Baltimore Ravens, for a discussion about what it’s like to manage the legal department of a major organization. A question-and-answer session will follow Etheridge’s talk, which is sponsored by the law school’s chapter of EASL (the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Society).

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
12-1:15 p.m.

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Room 803

Please RSVP here or click on the image above.

Learn about EASL and other student groups at the UB School of Law.

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Buy tickets today for YLAC’s Nov. 2 Alumni Awards Banquet

YLAC evite 2017

The School of Law’s second annual Alumni Awards Banquet, held by the Young Lawyers Alumni Council, or YLAC, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 6-10 p.m. 

The following alumni will be honored:

D. Jill Green, J.D. ‘94, keynote speaker
Heidi L. Levine, J.D. ‘95, Byron Warnken Distinguished Alumni Award
Katherine A. “Katie” Dorian, J.D. ‘13, Rising Star Award
The Hon. Daniel M. Long, J.D. ‘74, Distinguished Judicial Award
James P. “Jim” Nolan, J.D. ‘74, Dean’s Award


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors:

UB School of Law Dean’s Development Circle, founding sponsor
Council Baradel
Kramon & Graham
Law Offices of Shannon J. Posner
Pessin Katz Law
Saul Ewing
Whiteford Taylor Preston

If you would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Michelle Junot at or 410.837.4142.

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Daily Record editorial calls for changes in Md.’s ‘vacatur’ law

The Daily Record’s editorial advisory board last week called for changes in Maryland’s “vacatur” law, which allows survivors of human trafficking to vacate their convictions for prostitution. Maryland, which enacted the law in 2011, was the second state to do so. Today, 39 states have passed such legislation.

While acknowledging that vacatur is helpful for trafficking survivors, the editorial said the Maryland law does not go far enough.

“[T]he law is too narrow and contains far too many procedural impediments,” the editorial advisory board wrote.

Particularly troublesome, it said, is the law’s single focus on vacating prostitution convictions: “While convictions for prostitution are common, survivors of trafficking are often forced or compelled to commit other related offenses, such as trespassing, theft, burglary, disturbing the peace, and drug-related offenses. These crimes can have the same damaging effects on a survivor’s life as a conviction for prostitution.”

The Sept. 28, 2017, editorial highlighted the work of UB’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project and its partnership with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Professor David Jaros is a member of The Daily Record’s editorial advisory board.

Read the editorial.

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Chesapeake BaySavers to hold legislative summit at law center


The Chesapeake BaySavers Second Annual Environmental Legislative Summit

The Impact of Trump Administration Policies on the Chesapeake Bay: How Do Maryland Leaders Plan to Respond?

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Networking & breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD  21201
Moot Courtroom (0 level)

Register at

Join the Chesapeake BaySavers for a discussion with top government officials about how Maryland can protect its air and water in the face of budget cuts and loosening regulations.

Rona Kobell of the Bay Journal will moderate the discussion, which will focus on pressing environmental problems and what can be done in the upcoming legislative session. Panelists will include Deputy Chief of Staff Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Del. Kumar Barve, Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Del. Steve Lafferty and Lee Currey of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Please register for the event. If you have a question for the panelists, send it to

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