Public Officials’ Concerns

The Waterkeeper case contains complex and disputed facts, a characteristic that has fueled controversy. Supporters argue that its disputes should be resolved at trial; critics claim the suit is frivolous and should never have been filed.

Maryland Carey Law’s clinical program is ranked fifth in the nation.  Its clinics choose cases with deliberation and care.  Public funds do not support litigation; filing fees, photocopying, expert testimony and other expenses must be paid by clients or donations.

2012

Maryland General Assembly

  • Senate Budget & Tax Committee Amendments: Adopted by the full Senate Committee, this amendment would require $250,000 be transferred from the University of Maryland, Office of Government & Community Relations to the University of Baltimore School of Law to establish an agricultural clinic.  You can listen to the Committee’s deliberations here.
  • Senate Bill 945/HB 1349:  Would require University of Maryland, Baltimore to pay up to $500,000 of legal fees incurred by defendant Hudson Farm.
  • House Bill 751:  Would prohibit all law clinics in the University System of Maryland from providing anything other than pro bono litigation for indigent clients.  This bill was subsequently withdrawn

Office of the Maryland Governor

2010

 Maryland General Assembly

  • Senate Bill 140 -- Amendments to the State’s 2011 Budget Bill, on pages 135 and 137, would withhold up to $500,000 from the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland, Baltimore until the Law School had reported on its clinic cases and the criteria other state schools use to select clinic cases.
  • House Bill 150 -- An amendment to the State’s 2011 Budget Bill would reduce the reporting requirements of the Senate bill and eliminate funding sanctions.

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