From the 2006 News Archive
Prof. Michael Pinard Receives National Award for Clinical Legal Education
, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, has been named recipient of the 2006 Shanara Gilbert Award
, bestowed annually by the American Association of Law Sschool's Section on Clinical Legal Education. Designed to honor an "emerging clinician," the award is for an outstanding recent entrant (10 years or fewer) into clinical legal education.
"Michael Pinard was nominated by faculty members here and at other institutions because of the wonderful work that he does in supporting legal and clinical education, and promoting justice in all his work, but particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system," said Brenda Blom
, Director of the School of Law’s nationally ranked Clinical Law Programs
The Shanara Gilbert Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated qualities including: a commitment to teaching and achieving social justice, particularly in the areas of race and the criminal justice system; a passion for providing legal services and access to justice to individuals and groups most in need; and service to the cause of clinical legal education. The award was presented April 30 during the AALS’s Conference on Clinical Legal Education in New York.
In a nominating letter, Associate Professor of Law Sherrilyn Ifill
, who created the innovative "Re-Entry of Ex-Offenders Clinic" with Prof. Pinard, said he excels as a teacher, practitioner and scholar.
"The Re-entry Clinic continues to represent ex-offenders and to advocate for change in Maryland law and policies that affect employment, voting, licensing and housing for ex-offenders. Michael is raising consciousness among the state’s lawyers and policymakers about the barriers ex-offenders face," she said.
In November, Prof. Pinard organized a day-long program, "A Working Conference on the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and the Reentry of Ex-offenders in Maryland,"
that brought together more than 200 ex-offenders, parole officers, judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and social service providers to focus on the challenges prisoners face when trying to reenter society and to debate many issues from the perspectives of both ex-offenders and criminal justice communities.
An accomplished scholar, his forthcoming articles include "An Integrated Perspective of the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and the Reentry of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals" (Boston University Law Review, 2006) and "The Logistical and Ethical Difficulties of Informing Juveniles about the Collateral Consequences of Adjudications (Nevada Law Journal 2006).
"Michael’s scholarship is focused on the same themes that animate his teaching and practice work. He is poised to be a major and important contributor to our understanding of how collateral consequences function as post-sentence punishment," said Prof. Ifill in her nominating letter.
Professor Pinard has served as Co-Chair of the AALS Litigation section. His currently serves on the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Legal Education, the editorial board the Clinical Law Review, and the board of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA). He is the co-chair of the CLEA Connect Committee and of the Clinical Scholarship Committee. He also sits on the Maryland State Bar Association’s Legal Education and Bar Admission’s Committee and is a board member of the Public Justice Center in Baltimore.
Professor Pinard received his juris doctor from the New York University School of Law. His was formerly a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. From 1998-2000, he was a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School. Prior to coming to Maryland in 2002, he was an Assistant Professor at St. John's University Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.