There were more than 100 great stories about the University of Maryland School of Law in 2010. Here are some of them to pique your interest.
UMDLaw Named Regional HQ for Public Health Law Network
The School of Law, working with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been designated as a regional headquarters for the new Public Health Law Network. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Network is designed to provide answers to professionals grappling with complex public health challenges that may warrant legal and policy solutions.
After 15 Years, Prof. Ifill, Former Students Win Harford County Case
More than 15 years after University of Maryland School of Law Professors Sherrilyn Ifill and Richard Boldt and their students began working with a community in Havre de Grace on a dispute against the construction of a rubble landfill to be built just 25 feet from a historic landmark in Harford County, the Maryland Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision ruled in favor of the community working with the School of Law.
UMDLaw Wins Int'l Environmental Law Competition
After qualifying rounds at six locations around the globe, a team from the School of Law has established itself as the best in the world by topping 75 teams from five continents to win the 2010 International Environmental Moot Court Competition.
Dean Haddon Selected to Receive SALT's 2011 "Great Teacher Award"
Dean Phoebe Haddon has been selected to receive the 2011 Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). "Since SALT's inception, its progressive law teachers have worked for justice, diversity, and academic excellence. Throughout her career as a professor and now as a dean, Dean Haddon has been at the forefront of this effort as a scholar, leader, advocate, and teacher," said SALT in announcing the award.
Landmark Ruling in Access to Justice Students' Litigation
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge broke new ground when he ruled that indigent defendants have a right to be represented by a lawyer when they first appear at a bail hearing. The decision reversed generations of procedure in Baltimore and in the rest of Maryland, where initial hearings are held without counsel for the accused. The State must now decide whether it will appeal the ruling to Maryland's highest court.
New Directors of Business Law Program Focus on Practice
With the appointment of Professors Robert Rhee and Michelle Harner as co-directors, the School of Law's Business Law Program will offer more "practice-ready" courses to students beginning in fall 2011."We want to increase the interaction between students, the practicing bar, and the business community," said Harner in the recent Baltimore Sun article.
AALS Recognizes Prof. Gray for Lifetime Contribution to Torts
Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Torts Oscar Gray received the 2009 William Lloyd Prosser Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to Torts from the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Torts and Compensation Systems Section. The Prosser Award is the highest honor that AALS presents to Torts law professors for outstanding contributions to scholarship, teaching, and service in torts and compensation systems.
IP Clinic Selected for USPTO Trademark Pilot Program
The Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the School of Law was selected to participate in the United States Patent and Trademark Office's expanded Trademark Law School Clinic Pilot Program.
23 UMDLaw Graduates Win Bids in MD Election
For more than a century, the University of Maryland School of Law has been a leader in preparing students to meet the challenges of public service careers in their hometowns, across Maryland, and nationally. The Law School's continuing success in that mission was evidenced at the polls November 2, as Governor Martin O'Malley '88 led a wide slate of School of Law graduates earning election or re-election to offices throughout the state.
Prof. Gifford Urges Legislative Solutions, Not Litigation to Combat Public Health
As a practicing lawyer, Professor Gifford often represented victims in personal injury actions. But in his new book, Suing the Tobacco and Lead Pigment Industries: Government Litigation as Public Health Prescription (University of Michigan Press, 2010), Gifford argues that when states and municipalities file lawsuits against product manufacturers, in an attempt to solve societal health problems caused by products such as cigarettes and lead paint, the governments expect too much from our courts.
Prof. Danchin Awarded Prestigious Luce Grant to Study Religious Freedom
Professor Peter Danchin is part of a team of nationally recognized scholars to receive a grant from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs for a new project entitled "Politics of Religious Freedom." The project will consider how religious freedom is being transformed through legal and political contestations in Egypt, India, South Africa, the United States, and the European Union.