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Douglas Colbert

Professor of Law

Phone: (410) 706-0683
Fax: 410-706-5856
E-mail:
dcolbert @ law.umaryland.edu

Office: 344

AB, 1968, SUNY at Buffalo
JD, 1972, Rutgers (Newark) Law School


Biography | Selected Publications | In the News

Professor Colbert joined the faculty in 1994 after directing the criminal justice clinic and teaching civil rights at Hofstra Law School and visiting at Northeastern and Utah Law Schools. In addition to teaching the Access to Justice criminal defense clinic, Professor Colbert also teaches Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Race and Criminal Justice seminar. He has written extensively about indigents’ right to counsel, bail reform, the Thirteenth Amendment, race discrimination in jury selection, affirmative action, police misconduct, politically sensitive trials, and legal scholarship. Professor Colbert was the lead counsel in the Napanoch prison rebellion and represents plaintiffs in civil rights litigation. Prior to entering teaching, he was a senior trial attorney in the criminal defense division of the NYC Legal Aid Society. Professor Colbert’s recent scholarly activities have focused on reforming states’ pretrial release systems and guaranteeing counsel at the bail stage. He founded and directed the Lawyers at Bail Project, which represented 4,000 indigent defendants at bail hearings. Professor Colbert regularly contributes opinion articles and engages in public education about many criminal justice issues. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Justice Center and the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. He is a past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section on Correctional Reform.

Book Chapters

It’s Not Funny: Creating a Professional Culture of Pro Bono Commitment, in Vulnerable Populations, Economic Realities (2010). [Full Text]

Articles

The Maryland Access to Justice Story: Indigent Defendants' Right to Counsel at First Appearance, 15 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 1 (2015). [Full Text]

Clinical Professors' Professional Responsibility: Preparing Law Students to Embrace Pro Bono, 18 Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 309 (2011). [Full Text]

Prosecution Without Representation, 59 Buffalo Law Review 333 (2011). [Full Text]

Professional Responsibility in Crisis, 51 Howard Law Journal 677 (2008). [Full Text]

Coming Soon to a Court Near You--Convicting the Unrepresented at the Bail Stage: An Autopsy of a High Court's Sua Sponte Rejection of Indigent Defendants' Right to Counsel, 36 Seton Hall Law Review 653 (2006). [Full Text]

Connecting Theory and Reality: Teaching Gideon and Indigent Defendants' Non-Right to Counsel at Bail, 4 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 1 (2006). [Full Text]

Broadening Scholarship: Embracing Law Reform and Justice, 52 Journal of Legal Education 540 (2003). [Full Text]

Do Attorneys Really Matter? The Empirical and Legal Case for the Right to Counsel at Bail, 23 Cardozo Law Review 1721 (2002) (with others). [Full Text]

Thirty-Five Years After Gideon: The Illusory Right to Counsel at Bail Proceedings, 1998 University of Illinois Law Review 1. [Full Text]

Ethical Decisionmaking and Ethics Instruction in Clinical Law Practice, 3 Clinical Law Review 109 (1996) (with others). [Full Text]

Affirming the Thirteenth Amendment, 1995 Annual Survey of American Law 403. [Full Text]

Liberating the Thirteenth Amendment, 30 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1 (1995) [Full Text]

Bifurcation of Civil Rights Defendants: Undermining Monell in Police Brutality Cases, 44 Hastings Law Journal 499 (1993). [Full Text]

Challenging the Challenge: Thirteenth Amendment as a Prohibition Against the Racial Use of Peremptory Challenges, 76 Cornell Law Review 1 (1990). [Full Text]

The Motion in Limine in Politically Sensitive Cases: Silencing the Defendant at Trial, 39 Stanford Law Review 1271 (1987). [Full Text]

The Motion in Limine: Trial Without Jury; A Government's Weapon Against the Sanctuary Movement, 15 Hofstra Law Review 5 (1986). [Full Text]

Recent News featuring Douglas Colbert

November 16, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert wrote the article If you must set bail, make it achievable which appeared on The Baltimore Sun Online.

October 12, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Mistrial for Two Ex-Officers Charged in 2014 Killing of Mentally Ill Man in Albuquerque which appeared in The New York Times Online

August 23, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article "Feds Say Locking Up the Indigent Because They Can't Pay Bail is Unconstitutional" appeared in The Real News Network Online.

August 22, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article "Maryland Public Defenders Juggle Heavy Caseloads; Critics Say Indigent Clients Suffer" appeared in The Baltimore Sun Online.

August 18, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the article "Individuals, agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends" in the Weyburn This Week online.

August 6, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the article "Attorneys for Baltimore officers cleared in Freddie Gray case call bail debt a lingering injustice" which appeared in the Carroll County Times Online.

August 5, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the article "Attorneys for Baltimore officers cleared in Freddie Gray case say bail debt a lingering injustice" that appeared in The Baltimore Sun Online.

August 4, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was mentioned in the story "A Conversation with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis" in the Washington Afro American Online.

August 1, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the Associated Press story "Nobody Held Responsible as Freddie Gray Case Ends" which ran in The Skanner Online.

July 28, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the Associated Press story "Agencies dodge blame as Freddie Gray case ends" which ran in The Detroit News Online.

July 28, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the Associated Press story "As Freddie Gray Case ends, Baltimore prosecutor blasts police department" which ran in the Times-Picayune Online.

July 28, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the Associated Press story "Individuals, Agencies Dodge Blame as Freddie Gray Case Ends," which ran in the New York Times, Newser, and The Guardian.

July 27, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was interviewed for the WBAL TV segment "State drops charges against officers in Freddie Gray case."

July 27, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was mentioned in the story "Mosby: Case Was Sabotaged" in the Afro.

July 27, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was interviewed for the story "All charges dropped in Freddie Gray case, but questions remain" in the Christian Science Monitor.

July 27, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the article "Prosecutors in Freddie Gray cases faced an uphill battle from the very beginning" in the Washington Post.

July 27, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the article "Freddie Gray Decision Could Deter Prosecutions" in the Wall Street Journal.

July 18, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert spoke with WBAL News Radio for their story "Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted On All Charges; Hogan, Others Think Remaining Cases Should Be Dropped."

July 18, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in the Baltimore Sun story "Freddie Gray case: After three acquittals, prosecutors face tough challenge in remaining trials, experts say." Similar articles ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Online, WBAL News Radio, Carroll County Times, WYPR, Arca Max, Metro New York Online, WEAA, and Governing online.

July 18, 2016

Professor Doug Colbert was quoted in The Globe and Mail's article "Judge acquits highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray's death."

July 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law is featured in the story "Full Episode: Maryland's News This Week, Sunday, July 27, 2016" on WBAL Radio.

July 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Judge Considering Many Of The Same Witnesses At Rice Trial" on WBAL-AM.

July 15, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Verdict In Rice Trial To Be Read Monday Morning" on WJZ-TV and in similar stories on WBAL-AM and The Root.

July 14, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WBAL-AM story "Closing Arguments Wrap In Rice Trial; Verdict To Be Announced Monday." The story also ran on WJZ-TV and CapitalBay.news.

July 13, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law appeared on the WEAA-FM program "First Edition with Sean Yoes."

July 13, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Defense rests in trial of Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case; closing arguments scheduled Thursday" on canmua.net.

July 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Verdict in Rice trial draws nearer as defense rests on day four" on WBFF-TV.

July 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the program segment "Officers Give Contradictory Testimony of Freddie Gray's Behavior During Cross Examination" on the Real News Network.

July 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WJZ-TV story"Defense Rests In Trial of Lt. Brian Rice; Closing Arguments Set for Thursday." A similar story aired on WBFF-TV.

July 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was featured in the article "Law Professor Colbert on Lt. Rice hearing in the Gray case" in The Baltimore Sun.

July 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Judge drops assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case," in the Baltimore Sun. The same story was mentioned in the WEAA-FM piece "In the Media."

July 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Freddie Gray Case: Prosecutors Question Officer’s Failure to Put a Seat Belt on Gray," on The Root.

July 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story, "Prosecution Rests In Trial of Lt. Brian Rice; Judge Drops Assault Charge" on WJZ-TV.

July 9, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Trial Set To Open For Fourth Officer Charged In Freddie Gray Case" on gosporttimes.com.

July 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the Marc Steiner Show program, "Update: Trial of Police Lieutenant Brian Rice" on WEAA-FM.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Trial Starts for Highest-Ranking Officer in Freddie Gray Case" in Baltimore Magazine.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Cops’ attorneys: Gray was too dangerous for seat belt" in The Washington Times.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Baltimore cop chooses trial by judge in Freddie Gray's death" on WWNTradio.com.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "State says Rice is responsible as supervisor" on WYPR-FM.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Trial Begins For Another Baltimore Officer Charged in Gray’s Death" on WJZ-TV.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Prosecutors dismiss misconduct charge on first day of Brian Rice trial" on WBFF-TV.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "State drops 1 charge as Lt. Brian Rice's trial begins" on WBAL-TV.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Prosecutors focus on Lt. Brian Rice's high rank as latest trial in Freddie Gray's death begins" in the Baltimore Sun.

July 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Training materials barred from Baltimore police officer's trial" in the Gosport Times.

July 6, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Judge rules prosecutors withheld evidence, cannot use training" on WBFF-TV.

July 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Rice trial begins Thursday" on WYPR-FM.

July 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Freddie Gray case: Highest-ranking officer" on Christian News Today.

July 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Freddie Gray case: Judge allows trial of highest-ranking officer to go forward" in The Washington Post.

July 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Judge rules prosecutors withheld evidence, cannot use training documents in Rice trial" on WBFF-TV.

July 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Top Ranking Officer Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death Elects Trial By Judge" on WJZ-TV.

June 30, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed fon the story, "Adnan Syed granted new trial," on WBAL-TV.

June 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the First Edition program, "Goodson Acquittal; Analysis of Supreme Court Illegal Stop Decision," on WEAA-FM.

June 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the program segment "Sotomayor "Tells It Like It Is" & Slams Racial Profiling, Illegal Search and Seizure in Scathing Dissent," on Democracy Now!

June 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on Democracy Now! for the program segment "Second Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Death Cleared of Depraved-Heart Murder & Rough Ride Charges."

June 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "In Freddie Gray Trials, Baltimore Judge Sets High Bar for Prosecution" in The New York Times and in similar articles on Officer.com, The Baltimore Post-Examiner, Nano News, The Root, MSN.com, and The Los Angeles Times.

June 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "‘This Was Their Best Shot:’ Baltimore Reacts to Another Not Guilty Verdict in Freddie Gray’s Death" in The Root.

June 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Officer Caesar Goodson acquitted of all charges" on WBAL-TV and on similar stories on Valley News, Real News Network, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, NBC News, WBAL-AM, WEAA-FM, the Capital-Gazette, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Nano News, Courthouse News Service, Citylab, the Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus, The Baltimore Post-Examiner, WCBC radio, the Houston Chronicle, Talk Media News, and CBS News.

June 21, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Did the Supreme Court just open the door to more police searches?" in the Christian Science Monitor.

June 21, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Freddie Gray Case: Closing Arguments Complete, Verdict Expected Thursday in Caesar Goodson Jr. Trial," on The Root.

June 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Verdict scheduled for Thursday for officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death" in the Washington Post, standard.net, and the Bowling Green Daily News.

June 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Supreme Court rules evidence stands after illegal search" in the Baltimore Sun.

June 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Washington Times story "Judge questions Freddie Gray ‘rough ride’ theory."

June 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Freddie Gray case: Defense rests in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson after brief testimony from fellow officer" in the Baltimore Sun and on MSN.com. The article was excerpted on Centermaryland.org

June 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Conflicting Testimony Fills Baltimore Officer’s Trial," on cbslocal.com.



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