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Maryland Carey Clinical Law Faculty Shine

UM Carey Law professors Brenda Bratton Blom and Peter Holland were honored  last month at the 2012 awards ceremony of  the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), a nonprofit  which has made grants totaling over $164 million to provide services in nearly two million legal matters to Maryland families.

Blom and Holland '92 were among the 11 UM Carey clinical law faculty whose work was recognized by a wide range of organizations in 2012, as reported in the Fall 2012 Clinical Section Newsletter of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). 

Blom, who last month retired as an instructor in the law school’s Community Justice Clinic, won the MLSC's Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award for providing, promoting  or managing civil legal services. She shared the award with Lisae C. Jordan, acting executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Holland '92, visiting professor and principal of the Holland Law Firm, received the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his significant contributions to consumer law, particularly in the areas of mortgage fraud, predatory lending, foreclosure rescue scams and debt collection harassment

Other Maryland Carey Law faculty recognized in the Clinical Section Newsletter include:

  • Jane F. Barrett, director of UM Carey Law’s Environmental Law Clinic, accepted the 2012 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy from the American Bar Association, at its annual meeting in Chicago. The Award was given to the clinic for work that directly resulted in significant improvements to the substance, process or understanding of environmental law or policy. The clinic is the largest provider of pro bono environmental representation in Maryland and works to improve and enforce environmental laws and regulations in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Professor Barrett also published the article "When Business Conduct Turns Violent: Bringing BP, Massey, and Other Scofflaws to Justice," 48 American Criminal Law Review 287 (2011).
  • Barbara Bezdek  co-authored the book Housing & Community Development: Cases and Materials (4th ed.), and published the article "Dreaming in Chinese: Accountable Development," 27 Maryland Journal of International Law 48 (2012).
  • Brenda Bratton Blom, in addition to receiving the Cardin Award from MLSC (above), published Community Economic Development Law: A Text for Engaged Learning, with co-authors Susan Bennett, Louise A. Howells, and Deborah S. Kenn (Carolina Academic Press). She also contributed the book chapters "Mentoring and Professional Responsibility" (with Dorcas Gilmore) and "Charting a New Course: New Methods for Teaching Professional Responsibility in a Post-Carnegie World" (with others) in Law and Leadership: Integrating Leadership into the Law School Curriculum (P. Monopoli and G. Sorenson, eds.) (Ashgate Press, forthcoming), and "Legal Resource Networks" (with Philip Robinson) in Reinventing the Practice of Law: Innovations for Lawyers Representing People (L. Herrera, ed.) (American Bar Association, 2011).
  • Douglas L. Colbert published the articles "Prosecution Without Representation," 59 Buffalo Law Review 333 (2011) and "Clinical Professors' Professional Responsibility: Preparing Law Students to Embrace Pro Bono," 18 Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 309 (2011).
  • Kathleen Dachille published the articles "U.S. Health Policy Related to Hookah Smoking," 50 Journal of Adolescent Health S12 (2012) (with others), and "Using Law to Improve Public Health:The Tobacco Example," New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal Special Issue: Public Health Law and Ethics (2012).
  • Jerome Deise will publish "More Than a 'Quick Glimpse of the Life?' The Relationship between Victim Impact Evidence and Death Sentencing," 40 Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly (forthcoming 2012) (with Ray Paternoster).
  • Peter A. Holland, in addition to receiving the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award from the MLSC (above), also published: "The One Hundred Billion Dollar Problem in Small Claims Court: Robo-Signing and Lack of Proof in Debt Buyer Cases," 6 Journal of Business & Technology Law 259 (2011).
  • Sherrilyn A. Ifill will become President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the nation's premier civil rights law organization, in January, 2013. She will be the seventh Director-Counsel and the second woman to head the organization.
  • Michelle Salomon '11 contributed to the chapters "Rape" and "HIV and AIDS" in Namibia: Access to Justice Paralegal Manual (2012), a manual for volunteer human rights educators that was a joint publication of the Clinic, New Perimeter (DLA Piper’s Global Pro Bono Initiative), and the Namibia Paralegal Association.
  • An excerpt of Ellen Weber’s article, "Failure of Physicians to Prescribe Pharmacotherapies for Addiction," will be reprinted in Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy, (Alex Kreit) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2012).


Jane Wilson

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