Hatcher to speak about poverty and housing in Baltimore City

Dan Hatcher 10-19-16

Professor Daniel Hatcher

Professor Daniel Hatcher will take part in an Oct. 24 Baltimore Sun Newsmaker Forum devoted to a discussion of problems in Baltimore City housing.

The panel discussion will be moderated by reporter Doug Donovan, the co-author, with Jean Marbella, of “Dismissed: Tenants Lose, Landlords Win in Baltimore’s Rent Court.”

Hatcher is the author, most recently, of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (NYU Press, 2016).

Learn more and register for the Tuesday, Oct. 24 Newsmaker Forum, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Loyola University of Maryland
McGuire Hall (Student Center)
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210

On Nov. 2, Hatcher will be the keynote speaker at the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s annual awards dinner. Learn more here.

Learn more about Professor Hatcher.

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Sign up today to learn how to apply for the Maryland bar exam



Claudia Diamond, assistant dean for academic and writing support, will expertly guide
you through the Maryland Bar Exam application and provide you with important
insight to help you:

• understand the timeline for filing and the logistics of the exam itself
• navigate difficult questions such as criminal history, debt disclosure, character
and fitness
• learn how educational institutions and individuals play a role in your application
• become familiar with how the Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., bar
exams differ from the Maryland exam.

Attend either session:

Wednesday, Nov. 1 — noon
Thursday, Nov. 2 — 5 p.m.

Room 603
John and Frances Angelos Law Center

Read the PDF here.

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Curacao study-abroad deadline is this Friday. Sign up ASAP!

Curacao for blog



Don’t delay! The deadline to apply for this winter’s study-abroad program in Curacao is this Friday (Nov. 2, 2017).

Think of it this way: Cold, slushy, gray Baltimore or warm, sunny Curacao with its crystal-clear, turquoise seas?

The Curacao winter study-abroad program is a three-week course in international and comparative law. Based at the University of Curacao in the Caribbean, the program allows students to earn 4 credits by studying with professors from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Erasmus School of Law. Students examine the legal institutions of the Americas and Europe and also experience the unique legal and social cultures of Curacao, which reflect African, Caribbean and European influences and traditions. The American Bar Association-accredited program includes local court visits and guided field trips.

Dec. 16, 2017, to Jan. 6, 2018

Tuition & fees:
$3,800 for 4 credits, course materials, special events and admission

Room & partial board:
$1,900 (includes accommodation in a double room at the Hilton Curacao and specified meals on class days)

Lisa Sparks
University of Baltimore School of Law


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Grossman: Speaking out about exploitation a personal choice

In a letter to The Baltimore Sun, Professor Nienke Grossman took issue with a columnist who characterized as “willingly silent” people who choose not to speak out about their experiences of exploitation.

“Victims of harassment decide whether to speak out for a whole host of reasons, including their assessments of the impact on their career and life goals, families and reputations, their doubts about whether they may have unwittingly done something to provoke the harassment, and whether they think speaking out will stop the harasser,” Grossman wrote in “Allow victims of harassment to decide whether to speak out” (letter, Oct. 16, 2017).

Grossman wrote in response to an Oct. 13 column titled “The Harvey Weinstein in the room.”

“While we should judge the Harvey Weinsteins of the world and their enablers, we should make sure to give their victims the nonjudgmental space to make their own choices,” Grossman said, adding that society must redress the imbalance of power between men and women before real changes are possible.

“Let’s take care not to blame the victims for their failure to speak up,” Grossman concluded. “Let’s focus, instead, on the enablers of the Harvey Weinsteins of the world, as well as the social conditions that gave rise to them.”

Read the letter.

Learn more about Professor Grossman.

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Fannie Angelos Program highlighted in Baltimore Sun article

Balt Sun 10-17-17An article and an accompanying video in today’s Baltimore Sun highlight the work of the University of Baltimore School of Law’s Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence.

The program, which recruits African-American undergraduates from Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, received the ABA’s Diversity Leadership Award this past spring (see earlier blog post).

Read “ISO African-American law students: University of Baltimore recruits top talent from historically black colleges” (Oct. 17, 2017).

The program is the focus of this year’s Baltimore Law, the annual magazine of the UB School of Law.

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Miller: Sessions claims on asylum-seekers ‘wildly inaccurate’

Nickole Miller

Professor Nickole Miller

In a letter to The Washington Post, Professor Nickole Miller said statements about asylum-seekers by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions were “wildly inaccurate and dangerous.”

Wrote Miller, a clinical teaching fellow in the Immigrant Rights Clinic:

“The Oct. 13 news article ‘Citing ‘rampant abuse and fraud,’ Sessions urges tighter asylum rules’ quoted Attorney General Jeff Sessions as saying that many asylum claims ‘lacked merit’ and are ‘simply a ruse to enter the country illegally.’ As one of the ‘dirty immigration lawyers’ who has represented hundreds of asylum seekers, I find these claims wildly inaccurate and dangerous. When I ask my clients, the majority of them children, why they came to the United States, they invariably tell me the same thing: I had no choice — I was running for my life.”

Read “Jeff Sessions’s claims about asylum seekers were wildly inaccurate” (letter, Oct. 15, 2017).

Miller, who joined the Immigrant Rights Clinic in July, focuses on defending immigrant communities from systemic injustices in the legal system. Before joining the UB faculty, she was a managing attorney with the Children’s Representation Project at the Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Professor Miller.

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Nov. 14: Judge Lee of the ‘rocket docket’ to address students

Nienke judge event 11-14-17Judge Gerald Bruce Lee (ret.) of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia — known as the “rocket docket” for the speed with which it processes cases — will speak about his experience on the federal bench and give advice to future lawyers.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
10:30-11:45 a.m.
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 202

**NOTE: The event will take place in Room 202 — not in 102, as indicated in the invitation.**

Judge Lee retired on Sept. 30, 2017, after 19 years on the federal bench. He was nominated to the position by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

RSVP here.

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