Students in the Clinical Law and Legal Writing, Research and Analysis courses taught by Professors Michael Milleman, Steven Schwinn and Renee Hutchins won freedom for Walter Arvinger, wrongfully convicted of murder and in prison for more than 36 years. After two years of work by faculty and students, Governor Erlich commuted Mr. Arvinger's sentence and released him last fall.
The students' work on Mr. Arvinger's case in an example of an innovative approach to teaching legal writing and analysis to first year law students using real cases involving real clients developed by Professors Schwinn and Milleman. Instead of writing practice motions from hypothetical scenarios, students write real motions, briefs and documents using real cases. And their lessons are real ones. "It's just the awesome responsibility of attorneys . . . particularly those representing indigent clients," said Brendan Hurson, third year law student. "You are these clients' only hope. And if it's not getting taken care of at the trial level, you may have dug such a deep hole that it can take 36 years to crawl out of it."
The students and Mr. Arvinger's case were profiled in a recent story on National Public Radio. Click here to listen.
Students and faculty were also recipients of the University of Maryland's Martin Luther King Diversity Awards. The award-winning student team consisted of Joel Barbehenn, Anthony D. Briggs, Chantelle Green, April Hitzelberger, Brendan Hurson, Amanda Just, Phillip Pierson, Julie Reddig, Alex Tanouye, Matthew Warner, Jongjit Wongsrikasem, Robert Daniels, Cristina Dugan, John Lennon, Francis McCormick, Andrea K. Rambarose, Brian Furlong, Meighan Griffin, Minh-Tam Lien, Elisabeth Carmichael, Joshua Hantman, Sarah Keogh, Marisa Tanpghaichitr, Nathan Gardner Andrews, Shoshana Wolf, Lawrence Bullard, Edward Hsieh, Sajeed Popat, Sara A. Reamer, Emily Malarkey, William A. Logan, Jennifer L. Curry, Marc DeSimone, Paul Dillbeck, Erik Arena, and the late Ryan Easley, who recently lost his life in a tragic car accident.