What happens if you're pulled over by a police officer and don't have your driver’s license? It depends. But if you’re a non-citizen, you'll want a lawyer: one of the consequences of a simple misdemeanor could be deportation.
Maureen Sweeney, director of UM Carey Law's Immigration Clinic, and Emily Datnoff '08, of the Maryland Immigration Rights Coalition, described these and other challenges facing non-citizens for listeners of Maryland Morning, on WYPR, Baltimore’s public radio station.
Later, UM Carey Law students, faculty and alumni joined members of the Baltimore legal and social services communities for a lively conversation about the issues as part of "The World According to Padilla v. Kentucky: The Importance of Immigration Advice in the Criminal Justice System," a panel discussion at the law school.
The July 16 event featured The Honorable Andre M. Davis '78, of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera '85, of the Maryland Court of Appeals; Emily Datnoff '08, OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow, Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition; and Lisa Marquardt, Assistant Public Defender, Collateral Review Division.