During the Fall Term of 2010 the Seminar will be a joint offering of the University of Maryland School of Law and the Department of History of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Law students will work together with graduate student in history to consider Baltimore’s environmental history. An inquiry into selected decisions of Maryland courts will serve a vehicle for inquiry into the public choices that shaped the city and determined the quality of its life. Among the controversies to be considered are those relating to: water and sewer services, streets and highways, housing, pollution, public health, racial discrimination, landmarks, open spaces, parks, port development, public transit, and education.
Special attention will be given to the legal documentation involved in the resolution of these cases (the dockets, transcripts, depositions, exhibits and working papers, etc.). Students will be encouraged to find and use the legal documents found in the Baltimore and Maryland archives, and on digital data bases as primary sources for historical study. Each student will be called upon to prepare a case study that puts a court decision in its social, economical and political and environmental context.
Law students may use their papers in satisfaction of the law school’s writing requirement. The Seminar will be conducted at the University of Maryland Law School at 500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201.
The Instructors are:
Dr. Kriste Lindenmeyer, Chair Department of History , UMBC;
Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist;
Professor Garrett Power, University of Maryland School of Law; and
Bill Sleeman, Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of Maryland
School of Law, Thurgood Marshall Law Library.
Current & Previous Instructors:
|This course is not currently scheduled.|