Law School Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Clinic, Maureen Sweeney, will receive the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s (MHBA) 2017 Public Service Award at its 24th Anniversary Gala on September 28.
According to the MHBA, the Public Service Award recognizes individuals for their “significant contributions to the Hispanic/Latino community, to the State of Maryland and to the community in which they live or work.”
Since joining Maryland Carey Law in 2004, Professor Sweeney has been on the front line of improving outcomes in immigration court. She has studied the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and has spoken and trained others throughout the state on this topic. She is also the principal author of a chart for criminal defense practitioners on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions Under Maryland State Law.
“Professor Sweeney has long been a leader in Maryland and nationally for her urgent and cutting-edge lawyering on behalf of clients in asylum and immigration-related proceedings,” observed Michael Pinard, Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and co-director of the Clinical Law program.
Under Professor Sweeney’s leadership, students in the Immigration Clinic have won asylum for clients, saved others from deportation because of convictions and developed legal arguments for their cases. In addition to the Immigration Clinic, she teaches a course called Practicing Immigration Law in Spanish, designed to help prepare students to practice law with Spanish-speaking clients.
“Through her individual representation of clients, training criminal defense lawyers on immigration consequences of criminal proceedings, and scholarship Professor Sweeney has long exemplified and modeled the essence of serving our most vulnerable individuals, families, and communities,” Professor Pinard said.