March 30-31: 10th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference

Feminist Conference Evite_FinalYou’re invited to attend the Center on Applied Feminism’s 10th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, “Applied Feminism and Intersectionality: Examining the Law Through the Lens of Multiple Identities,” to be held March 30 and 31, 2017.

Jocelyn Frye, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will be the keynote speaker. Frye was formerly deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of policy and special projects for First Lady Michelle Obama.

Before joining the Obama administration, Frye served as general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she concentrated on employment and gender-discrimination issues. A Washington, D.C., native, Frye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Frye is to deliver her keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in the Moot Courtroom (0 level) of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201).

Gloria Steinem delivered the keynote address for the Center on Applied Feminism’s first Feminist Legal Theory Conference, in 2008. Subsequent speakers were (not in order) Nobel laureate and writer Toni Morrison, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sheryl WuDunn, author Maya Angelou, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Amy Klobuchar, NOW President Terry O’Neill and Judge Nancy Gertner.

Click here to RSVP for March 30.

Click here to RSVP for March 31.

Learn more about the Center on Applied Feminism and the 2017 Feminist Legal Theory Conference, “Applied Feminism and Intersectionality: Examining Law Through the Lens of Multiple Identities.”

See the conference schedule.

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March 9: Lasson to discuss his new book on Jews and Israel

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Professor Kenneth Lasson will discuss his new book, Defending Truth: The Quest for Honesty about Jews and Israel, on Thursday, March 9 from 5-6 p.m. in Room 403 of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201). A kosher reception and a book signing will follow from 6:15-7 p.m. in Room 544 of the law center.

Please RSVP by clicking here or on the link above.

Learn more about Professor Lasson.

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Tiefer: Warren ‘silencing’ much more than clash of personalities

Professor Charles Tiefer

Professor Charles Tiefer

Professor Charles Tiefer has published an article in the Harvard Law and Policy Review that examines the story behind the story of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “silencing” on the Senate floor earlier this month.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled out a rarely used Senate rule to stop Warren from reading aloud from a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King in which King called Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general, a racist.

Media reports treated the episode as a click-worthy tale of clashing personalities, Tiefer wrote.

“In the news bite version of the story, the Warren silencing was simply a clash of personalities against a background of quaint Senate rules that date to times when the chamber functioned as a ‘club’ of distinguished gentlemen who used aristocratic norms of address,” Tiefer said in “The Silencing of Senator Warren” (Feb. 22, 2017).

But, he says, the media missed the message:

“Much more daunting than a one-cycle news bite or a catchy hashtag, the incident in fact revealed that today’s narrow Republican Senate majority is poised to use procedure to subjugate the minority Democrats to an extreme.”

Learn more about Professor Tiefer.

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Monday: Court of Special Appeals of Md. to sit at law center

csa-2017You’re invited to attend the sitting of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland at UB’s John and Frances Angelos Law Center (1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201) on Monday, March 6, 2017. The court will sit from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Moot Courtroom (0 level).

Five cases are on the docket (they will not necessarily be argued in this order):

  • Deciutiis v. Six Flags America LP: questions concerning a motion to dismiss a negligence case based on res ipsa loquitur  (plaintiffs were injured on a water park ride) and trial court’s additional rulings that plaintiffs assumed the risk and that one plaintiff’s claim was barred by the statute of limitations.
  • Sulion, LLC, v. Phipps: questions concerning a trial court’s determination to vacate a “judgment foreclosing rights of redemption” when it was alleged that prior notice of the judgment was given to Appellees and Appellant’s motion for reconsideration was denied. 
  • Nirala v. Ambedkar Int’l Ctr., Inc.: questions concerning whether certain individuals were properly named to the Center’s Board of Directors and one individual was properly removed from the Center’s Board pursuant to its bylaws.
  • Barrera v. State: questions concerning whether jury verdicts in two separate charges—robbery and conspiracy—were legally inconsistent; whether the trial judge erred in finding that there was sufficient evidence for the jury to consider the conspiracy charge, and whether the judge’s ruling limiting defense counsel’s argument on cross-racial identification was reversible error.
  • Educational Funding Co., Inc. v. Cokinos: questions arising from an Orphans Court Order requiring disclosure of documents by a third party to determine value of decedent’s Estate and whether the Order is a final appealable Order.

This will be a live session of the Court of Special Appeals. Appropriate attire is required. No audio or video recording is permitted. Cell phones or other similar devices must be powered off during the court session. Please refrain from speaking while the court is in session; even whispered conversation can distract the court or counsel.

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Vallario is among 16 USM professors recognized for excellence

Professor Angela Vallario, J.D. '91

Professor Angela Vallario, J.D. ’91

Professor Angela Vallario, J.D. ’91, is one of 16 University System of Maryland professors to be recognized this year by the USM Board of Regents as outstanding faculty members.

Every year, the Board of Regents solicits nominations from its 12 member institutions to identify scholars who excel in four important areas of higher education: teaching, mentoring, public service and scholarship.

Vallario, who teaches estate and trust law, was honored for excellence in mentoring. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the Maryland bar and joined the UB law faculty in 2000.

Last year, Vallario helped create a joint initiative of the UB School of Law and the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities. The program brings together UB law students, volunteer attorneys, Kennedy Krieger students and family members of young adult patients who, due to neurodevelopmental conditions and other disorders of the brain, have unique legal needs. (See earlier blog post.)

Two other UB faculty members were among the 16 USM professors honored by the Board of Regents: Dr. Renita Seabrook, associate professor in the College of Public Affairs’ School of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Alan Lyles, professor in the College of Public Affairs’ School of Health and Human Services.

UB Executive Vice President and Provost Darlene Brannigan Smith, who announced the awards in an email Friday, said: “These outstanding faculty serve as role models to students and colleagues in their commitment to creating opportunities for intellectual and personal growth and reflect UB’s commitment to excellence.”

Learn more about Professor Vallario.

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Two Family Law Clinic student-attorneys testify in Annapolis

Bronfein Family Law Clinic student-attorneys Madison Kyger (left) and Taylor LoSchiavo (center) with Del. Charles Sydnor III.

Bronfein Family Law Clinic student-attorneys Madison Kyger (left) and Taylor LoSchiavo (center) with Del. Charles Sydnor III.

Bronfein Family Law Clinic student-attorneys Madison Kyger and Taylor LoSchiavo testified Thursday (Feb. 23, 2017) before the Maryland House of Delegates’ Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 471, which would reduce the number of crimes that automatically place young people under the jurisdiction of the adult criminal justice system, Professor Dana Shoenberg reports.

The bill would move gun-possession crimes, first-degree assault and armed robbery to the original jurisdiction of the juvenile court, but it would still permit youths to be waived up to adult court by a juvenile court judge in certain circumstances.

The bill was sponsored by Del. Charles E. Sydnor III (D-Baltimore County).

Learn about the Bronfein Family Law Clinic and Professor Shoenberg.

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UB launches nation’s first Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law

The University of Baltimore School of Law and the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) are proud to announce the launch of the nation’s first post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law.

Classes will begin in the Fall 2017 semester.

The program addresses a growing demand for a family law curriculum that offers a holistic blend of theory and practice. In 2015, nearly half of Maryland’s trial court filings — 43 percent — consisted of family law cases. With a rise in the number of self-represented litigants, and taking into consideration the multiple health and social issues experienced by families in crisis, family law cases have become ever more complex. In addition, the present shift away from family law litigation toward alternative dispute resolution requires that family law attorneys gain an interdisciplinary education.

The post-J.D. program is designed for new attorneys beginning to practice family law and for attorneys seeking to add family law expertise to their practice areas. The curriculum provides the specific skills, knowledge and experiences attorneys need to meet the complex challenges that family law cases often present.

Visit the program’s website.

The 16-credit program can be completed over 12 months, or students can take individual classes and finish the program at their own pace. Faculty include UB law professors, as well as attorneys and judges who bring decades of real-world insight and experience to the classroom. Courses for the Fall 2017 semester are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings.

  • Fall 2017 classes:  Psychology, Child Development and Mental Health in Family Law Matters (3 credits), Financial Foundations for Family Lawyers (3 credits)
  • Spring 2018 classes: The Craft of Problem-Solving and Advocacy in Family Law (3 credits), Understanding the Business of Practicing Family Law (3 credits)
  • Summer 2018 capstone: Working Through a Family Law Case—Start to Finish (4 credits)

The post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law curriculum offers an interdisciplinary education in all aspects of family law and family psychology. The courses also provide opportunities for students to gain real-world experience. The program reflects the deep commitment of the UB School of Law to both theory and practice, and it builds on the quality and breadth of the law school’s family law courses, clinical and experiential offerings, and the Family Law Area of Concentration.

Applications are being accepted now for classes starting in the Fall 2017 semester. Financial aid is available.

For more information or to apply online, visit the program’s website or contact the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts at 410-837-5615 or CFCC@ubalt.edu.

Learn about the CFCC and Professor Barbara Babb, its founder and director.

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