There were more than 100 great stories about the University of Maryland School of Law in 2009. Here are ten of them to pique your interest.
1. Phoebe Haddon Begins Tenure as School of Law's Dean
Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM, assumed her position as the ninth dean in the University of Maryland School of Law's 185-year history on July 1, 2009. Dean Haddon, formerly a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law, is a widely respected, national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. On October 3, almost 400 graduates and friends gathered for "Justice & the Global Economy," in celebration of Dean Haddon's appointment. In her first official address as Dean, "Educating Lawyers with a Global Vision," Dean Haddon offered her view of legal education's vital role in creating lawyers who will work around the world to strengthen democracy, promote peace, and advance human rights.
2. School of Law Offers New LL.M. Degree
The School of Law began offering a Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in fall 2009, building on the Law School's nationally recognized specialty programs to offer an advanced degree for individuals eager to engage in scholarly explorations of pressing legal issues. "The reputation of our outstanding specialty programs sets us apart from other law schools. The Maryland LL.M. will leverage that strength by attracting advanced students and legal practitioners eager to study with our renowned faculty and develop a specialization in one of the fields for which we're so well known," said Associate Dean Michael Van Alstine.
3. Law & Health Care Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary
From the debate over health care reform, to H1N1, to the war on drugs, to embryonic stem cell research and beyond, health law issues are at the center of our nation's political, social and economic life. Health law has become one of the legal profession's most vital areas, and its importance will only increase in the years to come. But that was hardly apparent 25 years ago, when visionary legal educators at Maryland Law established and nurtured the groundbreaking Law & Health Care Program. On Oct. 1, faculty, alumni, and health law practitioners gathered at the School of Law for an evening of learning, networking, and fun in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Program. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin ´67 praised those whose foresight and actions have helped establish the School of Law as a national leader in health law, and received the Program's first Lifetime Achievement Award.
4. Prof. Danielle Citron Furthers Groundbreaking Work on Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age
Tenured in 2009, Professor Danielle Citron has established herself as one of the nation's leading experts on information technology's transformative effect on civil rights. This year, she published five articles about the subject in leading law reviews, and hosted a Technology and Privacy Roundtable that brought top national legal scholars and privacy experts to Maryland Law to explore issues surrounding government collection and analysis of information about private citizens. In addition, her groundbreaking article "Cyber Civil Rights" was the subject of a national online symposium of legal experts.
5. New International and Comparative Law Clinics Launched in Namibia, China, and Mexico
The School of Law created a new International and Comparative Law Clinic, providing students the opportunity to fulfill a full semester of work while spending a substantial part of the term in either Namibia, China, or Mexico. In all three placements, the Clinic will explore public interest and social and professional responsibility issues that arise in international practice. "Before beginning study in each placement, students will engage in an intensive classroom component at the Law School to focus on the principles of international law and on the law of countries that students will be working in," said Professor Michael Millemann.
6. U.S. Senate Confirms Andre Davis ´78 for U.S. Fourth Circuit Court
The U.S. Senate voted Nov. 9 to confirm Judge Andre Davis to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Judge Davis, a 1978 graduate of the School of Law and adjunct faculty member at the Law School, previously served on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Davis took the seat left vacant by the death of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. on Aug. 31, 2000.
7. Helping Frame the Debate on Market Regulation
Professor Michael Greenberger, who was director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Clinton administration, established himself as one of the nation's leading voices in explaining the economic meltdown and in calling for new regulations that might help prevent similar occurrences in the future. Professor Greenberger appeared on PBS' Frontline special " The Warning," and CBS' "60 Minutes" in 2009, and testified before Congress about the Derivatives Market Transparence and Accountability Act of 2009.
8. Environmental Law Clinic Works to Safeguard Maryland's Air and Water
Environmental Law Clinic Director Jane Barrett runs what she calls the largest pro bono environmental law firm in Maryland. In 2009, the Clinic pursued multiple strategies -- including litigation, public advocacy, citizen education, and participation in the regulatory process -- to clean Maryland's air, and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The Clinic helped gain passage of landmark legislation broadening the state of Maryland's property-based standing requirements to enable citizens to challenge environmental permits, represented a historic African American community in Prince George's County in its fight against a new industrial plant, filed notice of intent to file a citizen suit alleging Clean Water Act violations against a Maryland landfill, and petitioned the EPA to crack down on state environmental regulators, accusing them of going easy on water pollution discharged from businesses, sewage plants, farms and developments.
9. School of Law-Backed Film "The Response" Wins ABA Silver Gavel for the Arts, Advances in Academy Award Process
This summer, the American Bar Association (ABA) selected the film "The Response" as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Silver Gavel Award for "Drama and Literature." Sig Libowitz ´07 wrote "The Response," a 30-minute courtroom drama based on actual transcripts of Guantanamo Bay Combatant Status Review Tribunals, while a student at the School of Law, then produced the film in collaboration with the Law School. On Dec. 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that "The Response," is one of 10 live action short films that will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2.
10. Class of 2009 Sets School Record for Class Gift Participation
The Class of 2009 set a new Maryland Law record, garnering support from 96 graduates making gifts or 5-year pledges to the class gift -- the most from any graduating class in the history of the law school. Inspired by a challenge from Board of Visitors member Arnold M. Weiner ´57, the class raised $12,428 that will be matched by Mr. Weiner. Another inspiration was surpassing the Class of 2008. "Each class wants to leave their own legacy at the School of Law, and surpassing their number of donors was our goal from the beginning," said 2009 Gift co-Chair Lisa Elder.