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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Professor Doug Colbert

Arbutus Times Ė A high-profile Baltimore law firm has joined a University of Maryland law professor and his students to demand that suspects have a lawyer present when they first appear before a District Court commissioner. The suit was brought Nov. 13 to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City by Venable LLP. It "seeks to call attention to the reality that any person arrested in Maryland should not expect legal counsel when they first appear before a judicial officer," said Doug Colbert, JD, a professor at the School of Law who is working with the Venable attorneys.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Professor Deborah Weimer

The Baltimore Sun, The Associated Press, The Daily Record - The Court of Appeals, Marylandís highest court, heard arguments yesterday over whether the state constitution allows gay couples to marry. Deborah Weimer, JD, LLM, professor at the School of Law, said it could go either way and expects "a close vote." Weimer co-wrote a brief in support of the plaintiffs that was signed by more than two-thirds of professors. Dan Friedman, JD, adjunct professor at the School who watched the oral arguments that were Webcast in the Schoolís moot courtroom, said the technology worked well and the students were interested in the case particularly whether the same-sex marriage issue can be distinguished from Loving v. Virginia, a 1967 case where the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws that prevented non-white persons from marrying whites.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Adjunct Professor Dan Friedman

The Baltimore Sun, The Associated Press, The Daily Record - The Court of Appeals, Marylandís highest court, heard arguments yesterday over whether the state constitution allows gay couples to marry. Deborah Weimer, JD, LLM, professor at the School of Law, said it could go either way and expects "a close vote." Weimer co-wrote a brief in support of the plaintiffs that was signed by more than two-thirds of professors. Dan Friedman, JD, adjunct professor at the School who watched the oral arguments that were Webcast in the Schoolís moot courtroom, said the technology worked well and the students were interested in the case particularly whether the same-sex marriage issue can be distinguished from Loving v. Virginia, a 1967 case where the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws that prevented non-white persons from marrying whites.

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Professor Taunya Banks

WBAL-TV, Ch. 11 Ė Officials with the Baltimore Police Department say a new professional appearance policy is intended to promote a professional image, but itís also raising questions of racial insensitivity. The new policy governs hair length, jewelry, mustaches, and beards, and prohibits extreme, or "fad," hairstyles, including cornrows, mohawks, dreadlocks, and twists. "I think itís incredibly insensitive,í said Taunya Banks, JD, professor at the School of Law. "Iím really kind of concerned about labeling as faddish a practice thatís not faddish at all, and what appears to be a targeting of black officers."

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Professor Jana Singer

The Baltimore Sun Ė Marylandís highest court hears arguments today over whether the state constitution allows gay couples to marry. Many groups have filed briefs supporting the plaintiffs, including professors from the School of Law. "There is no rational reason to exclude same-sex couples from the institution of marriage," said Jana Singer, JD, professor at the School, who added that in her 21 years at the University, no other case has drawn as many professors to sign friend-of-the-court briefs. "None of the purposes the state offers will be undermined by allowing same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples to marry."

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