Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, March 30, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew BaidaThe Daily Record
Ė "As important as it is to win and not lose, appellate advocacy is not just about the judgment announced at the end of the courtís opinion. Itís also about being a professional and striving to do the best job that we can for our clients," writes Andrew Baida, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law, in an Op-Ed.
Friday, March 30, 2007Professor Brenda Bratton BlomThe Daily Record
Ė Working with a grant from The Charles Crane Family Foundation, Inc., the School of Law is incorporating the varying aspects of community justice into its Clinical Law Program. The initiative emphasizes what is on the periphery of traditional legal work community prosecution for public nuisance-type crimes, peer mediation in schools, youth self-advocacy, and economic development. "Its instincts are more restorative in nature," explained Brenda Bratton Blom, JD, PhD, MPS, associate professor at the School and director of the program. "It involves a strong desire for accountability and restoring victims, including communities that are victims, but also providing real opportunities for restoration of the people who commit crimes or disorder in communities." Michael Craven, a fourth-year student, said, "I didnít really understand how rewarding client contact is, and doing things for people that we donít consider a big deal, and helping people who donít expect the system to work for them. When youíre able to do a few things and make the system work for them, itís very rewarding." Lena Kim, a second-year student, has noticed the same broader focus on advocating for the community proactively. "This gives me a broader scope of what I could be doing in the future," she said. "Now, Iím looking at the gang task force or community prosecution."
Friday, March 30, 2007Assistant Dean Dana MorrisThe Baltimore Business Journal
Ė A strong economy has created more demand for legal work, while the amount of law school graduates hasnít increased substantially hence the first-year salary wars. Nationally, starting salaries for first-year associates have been on the rise, and 2007 is no exception. Large law firms in the Baltimore-Washington area, which face a growing workload, are showing more interest in School of Law students, said Dana Morris, JD, assistant dean for career development at the School. But over the last five years, Morris has noticed that Maryland law students are looking beyond salary and thinking more about balancing work and life.
Thursday, March 29, 2007Professor Mark GraberWBFF-TV, Ch. 45
Ė The Maryland Senate has approved a bill that would award the stateís electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, boosting a national, grass-roots effort toward the direct election of the president. "It may actually make our vote count more, in a funny way," said Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, professor at the School of Law. "Right now in close elections the candidates literally hang out and set up a tent in the swing states Ohio, Florida ignoring states like Maryland and Texas where everyone knows where the popular majority will go. In a popular vote system, the candidates would spend more time in states that are heavily Democratic or Republican, trying to maximize the Democratic vote in Maryland."
Thursday, March 29, 2007Adjunct Professor James AstrachanThe Daily Record
Ė Candy maker The Hershey Company has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Frederick-based vending company over a sticker parodying the logo for YORK Peppermint Patties, where the word "York" is changed to "Dork." The parody issue will be key at a trial, said James Astrachan, JD, an adjunct professor at the School of Law. "The main question is, will an appreciable number of people be confused by the use of the trademark?" Astrachan said. "Anyone who is buying a sticker is probably not looking to buy candy."
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