Michael Pinard, professor of law and director of the Clinical Law Program, was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.
“It’s gratifying to see Michael get the professional recognition he deserves,” said Maryland Carey Law Dean Phoebe Haddon. “Our clinical law program is one of the oldest in the country. It has also remained one the finest, thanks to Michael’s leadership and hard work. I know I speak for the entire law school community in wishing him congratulations.”
Pinard is the twenty-third member of the UM Carey Law faculty to be elected to the ALI, one of the profession’s most prestigious bodies. In 2012, he was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, one of 15 public interest lawyers so recognized for their work.
Pinard is a well-known authority on the collateral consequences of criminal convictions and teaches the Re-Entry Clinic, one of 25 clinics at MD Carey Law; together they provide more than 110,000 hours of free legal services each year to Maryland residents.
“Clinic work is intense,” Pinard said in an interview. “It confronts students with difficult legal issues and with clients who have led very different lives from their own. It challenges who they are as people, who they are as lawyers, who they want to be as lawyers.”