Faculty in the News - Archive
Sunday, January 14, 2007Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense ProjectWBAL-TV, TheBaltimore Sun
– Fifty students from the School of Law, who formed the Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project, traveled to Louisiana last week to aid in the ongoing process of rebuilding New Orleans and its legal system. "They’ve just kind of been sitting, languishing in jail, without any knowledge of the status of their case," said second-year student Brigid Ryan. "We as lawyers can do something in the legal system," said Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School. Second-year student Clayton Solomon, who started the project last year, said he and others came to New Orleans to help people and as a kind of lawyer's image rehabilitation effort.
Sunday, January 14, 2007Professor Susan LevitonTheBaltimore Sun, TheBaltimore Examiner, The Associated Press
– Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services Kenneth C. Montague, Jr., traveled out of state at least 29 times during his four years in office to attend conferences or retreats and tour juvenile facilities even as criticism mounted here that his agency and its programs were a shambles. Susan Leviton, JD, professor at the School of Law, said Montague was a "great legislator," but she added that running an agency requires different skills. "The last four years, things have not gotten better, they’ve gotten worse. And at a certain point, the person at the top is responsible," Leviton said.
Friday, January 12, 2007Visiting Professor Frederick ProvornyThe Gazette
– The Supreme Court’s ruling supported an appeal by MedImmune, Inc., from a circuit court and allows the company to continue a complaint it filed in 2002 against Genentech of San Francisco. Frederick Provorny, JD, a visiting professor at the School of Law, said the Supreme Court’s decision might not significantly change the balance of power between licensees and patent holders. ‘‘All this decision says is that the district court has a lot of latitude" to decide if it will hear the case and issue a declaratory judgment a statement declaring the rights of the parties, he said.
Friday, January 12, 2007Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense ProjectThe Daily Record
– School of Law student Brigid Ryan said, "We started talking about what we could do to really designate our efforts to a project that had a lot of meaning for law students." Professor Douglas Colbert, JD, of the School and some students decided to make the trip to the public defender’s office. Student fund-raising chair and second-year student Anne Deady explained that novice law students are the most idealistic. "They really believe they can make a difference and haven’t been jaded by how people can really be." First-year law student Rashi Jawade expressed skepticism in her legal abilities last week, with just one semester of criminal justice under her belt. But "from what I understand of what we’re going to be doing, a lot of it is mainly interviewing and helping the lawyers." Jonathan Armacost, another first-year student, was confident he’d be able to do the work. "This is the third training event, so we have been going over different approaches to interviewing, getting your client comfortable telling you all of the facts, and I feel as prepared more prepared than I thought I’d be at this time."
Friday, January 12, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew BaidaThe Daily Record
– To the extent that the success or failure of any marriage can be predicted, some factors carry more weight than others. "As far as barometers of successful legal writing go, one of the most reliable predictors of a brief’s likelihood of success is the statement of facts," writes Andrew Baida, JD, adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at the School of Law, in an op-ed.
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