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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.

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

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.

June 14, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Officer William Porter takes stand in Goodson trial" on WBAL-TV and in a similar story on WJZ-TV.

June 13, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Goodson Trial: Did Porter hurt or help prosecutors" on WYPR. A similar story ran on WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV.

June 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "At Goodson trial, medical examiner defends homicide ruling in Freddie Gray autopsy" in the Baltimore Sun and the Carroll County Times, and in an interview for the Marc Steiner Show program on WEAA-FM.

June 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Rough ride theory is a twist in police custody death case" in the Iron Mountain Daily News, WGEM-TV, Caledonian Record and in many other publications.

June 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in story "Spinal injury could cause Freddie Gray to suffocate, expert says" on WBAL-TV.

June 9, 2016

Renee Hutchins, David Gray and Doug Colbert, all of the School of Law, were quoted in the story "Could Outcome in Caesar Goodson Trial Spell End for Freddie Gray Case?" on NBC News.

June 9, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "'Rough ride': practice that led to Freddie Gray's death at the center of latest trial" in The Guardian.

June 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Alleged Freddie Gray Statement Barred From Police-Van Driver’s Trial" in The Wall Street Journal.

June 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Stakes rise for prosecutors trying officer in Freddie Gray case for murder" in The Boston Globe.

June 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Stakes Rise for Prosecutors Trying Officer in Freddie Gray Case for Murder" in The New York Times.

June 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Officer in Freddie Gray Case Elects Bench Trial" on officer.com and in similar articles in The Herald Democrat, and on Governing Online.

June 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Baltimore Sun story "Officer Goodson elects bench trial in Freddie Gray case, to begin Thursday," and in similar stories on WBAL-TV and in the Washington Post, Carroll County Times, the ABA Journal, myinforms.com, canmua.net, Business Insider. The Baltimore Sun article was excerpted on centermaryland.org.

June 6, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Officer Caesar Goodson opts for bench trial in Freddie Gray case," on WBAL-TV.

June 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Officer Caesar Goodson opts for bench trial in Freddie Gray case" on WBAL-TV.

June 3, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story, "Goodson defense challenges key evidence," on WBAL-TV.

May 27, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Nero Acquitted on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case​​" in Baltimore Magazine.

May 27, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was featured in the story "Acquitted Charges In Freddie Gray Verdict Reflect Prosecution's Ongoing Difficulty Proving Fault" on Equilibrio Informativo.

May 25, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Nero Verdict: Mosby Overreach or Media Overeaction?" on afro.com.

May 25, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "White US officer acquitted in death of unarmed black man" on Gosport Times.

May 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Freddie Gray case: After Nero acquittal, key questions remain" in the Baltimore Sun and the article was excerpted on Center Maryland.

May 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the Marc Steiner program, "The Death of Freddie Gray: Officer Nero Trial Verdict," on WEAA-FM.

May 24, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Freddie Gray case: After Nero acquittal, key questions remain" in the Baltimore Sun. The article was excerpted on Center Maryland.

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Was a Cop Doing His Job or Causing a Death? Verdict Will Tell" in Ebony and in a similar article in mysanantonio.com.

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WJZ-TV story "Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges".

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Was a Cop Doing His Job or Causing a Death," in Ebony.

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "‘It’s a Broken System That We’ll Never Trust’ Baltimore Reacts As Officer Walks Over Freddie Gray’s Death" on theroot.com and in a similar article on theshadowleague.com.

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "In acquittal of Baltimore officer, two views of justice collide" in the The Christian Science Monitor and in a similar story on WYPR-FM.

May 23, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Tonight: AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday, May 23" on afro.com.

May 22, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed in the video report with the article, "Verdict in Officer Nero trial expected Monday," on WBAL-TV.

May 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Officer trial raises questions about policing in Baltimore," in US News.

May 19, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed in the article, "Judge In Freddie Gray-Officer Trial Grills Prosecutors," on WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and in an article in the New York Times

May 19, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WYPR story "Judge to hear closing arguments at Nero Trial." Colbert also was quoted in similar stories in the Baltimore Sun and baltimoresun.com.

May 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Nero defense takes aim at reckless endangerment charge" on WBAL-TV. He was also interviewed in an update on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA.

May 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Defense Makes Case in the Trial for Officer in Gray Death" on WJZ-TV.

May 17, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Law Professor Colbert on Officer Edward Nero trial," on BaltimoreSun.com.

May 16, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Third day of Nero case wraps, state rests, Miller testifies" on WMAR-TV and in similar stories in The Washington Post and on WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV, and WYPR-FM.

May 15, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the program "Analysts Weigh In On The Nero Trial" on WBAL-AM.

May 15, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Poor Training, Dysfunctional Police Dept. Highlighted in 2nd Officer’s Trial in Freddie Gray’s Death" on TheRoot.com and in similar stories on Go Sports Times, Nano News, and Equilibrio Informativo.

May 13, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story, "Prosecutors play Nero statement at trial," on WBAL-TV. He was quoted in a similar article in the Baltimore Sun. He was interviewed for a similar story on WBAL-AM.

May 13, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Trial for Officer Edward Nero continues with testimony of Freddie Gray’s friend, Brandon Ross" on Lancasteronline.com.

May 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Police protocols at issue in trial of Officer Edward Nero" on WBAL-TV and in similar stories on WYPR-FM and therealnews.com. A story also appeared in the Baltimore magazine.

May 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "Second officer's trial in Freddie Gray death to begin after months of delay" in The Guardian and on ViceNews and Inquisitr.com.

May 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Why the second trial in Freddie Gray's case carries so much weight" in The Christian Science Monitor.

May 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Nero trial could change how police make arrests" on WBAL-TV.

May 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Baltimore officer waives jury trial" on gosporttimes.com and interviewed in a video and quoted in an article on WBAL TV, WJZ-TV, and WMAR-TV

May 11, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was featured in the story "Law Professor Colbert on Officer Edward Nero trial" in The Baltimore Sun and interviewed in a similar piece on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA-FM.

May 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on WEAA's Marc Steiner Show for the segment "Marc Steiner: The World That Brought Us Freddie Gray, Episode 1 – The Law."

May 5, 2016

Douglas Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Experts say Baltimore officer Nero likely planning for bench trial in Freddie Gray case," in the Baltimore Sun

May 3, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Tortured twists and turns of the Freddie Gray trials" on WYPR-FM.

April 29, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Tortured twists and turns of the Freddie Gray trials" on WYPR-FM

April 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed in the story, "Officer Garrett Miller can be compelled to testify against officers," on WBAL-TV.

April 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the opinion piece "Why I refuse to send people to jail for failure to pay fines" in The Washington Post

April 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case move to compel another police officer to testify," in The Baltimore Sun. A similar story ran on WBFF-TV. April 4 The Baltimore Sun article was excerpted in the Baltimore Business Journal and on Center Maryland

March 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the program, "Full Episode: Maryland's News This Week, Sunday, March 20, 2016 ," on WBAL-AM.

March 16, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Judge shuffles deck in Freddie Gray trials" on WMAR-TV. A similar story ran on WBAL-AM.

March 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Appeals ruling in Freddie Gray case could have wide implications" in the Baltimore Sun. No link available.

March 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Freddie Gray case: Maryland high court says Officer Porter must testify against all five co-defendants" on Bloomberg News, The Baltimore Sun. and the New York Times. A similar article appeared in the Guardian and Microcap Magazine.

March 3, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Md. Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments In Freddie Gray Case" on WJZ-TV. Colbert also was quoted in the similar WBAL-TV story "Court of Appeals hears arguments in Freddie Gray case." Similar stories ran on blackchristiannews.com, capitalbaynews.com, Huffington Post, The Source, philly.com, and MSN.com.

March 1, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed and Michael Milleman of the School of Law was mentioned in the story, "Motion: Lawyer had limited involvement in Syed defense," on WBAL-TV

February 19, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "State's highest court intervenes in Freddie Gray case, halting trials pending review" in The Baltimore Sun

February 9, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment, "Hearing For Adnan Syed Of 'Serial' Fame Is Set To Wrap Up," on National Public Radio and on affiliated outlets such as nhpr.org

February 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "FBI agent: Cell tower data in 'Serial' case accurate" on WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV

February 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the Marc Steiner Show program, "Adnan Syed Hearing Continues In Baltimore," on WEAA-FM

February 6, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Testimony turns to cell tower data in Adnan Syed hearing" in The Wallonian and Solonews.net

February 5, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Update on Adnan Syed hearing" in The Baltimore Sun online and in stories on WMAR-TV and WJZ-TV

February 4, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Potential alibi witness cross examined in Adnan Syed case," in The Baltimore Sun, and on WMAR-TV, WJZ-TV, and on Fox News

February 3, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "'Serial' Star Adnan Syed in Court for Hearing That Could Lead to Retrial" on NBC News

February 2, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Video: Baltimore, like Ferguson Has a Warrant Problem," on rinf.com

January 30, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Adnan Syed From 'Serial' Is About to Get His Best Shot at a New Trial" in The Baltimore Sun

January 20, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Judge won't force officer to testify in Freddie Gray trials" on CBS News. A similar story ran in The Guardian

January 12, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Hearing on Porter testimony scheduled for March" on WMAR-TV, Raw Story, Courthouse News and in The Guardian

January 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Goodson Trial Begins With No Guarantee of Porter" on WYPR

January 10, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was featured in the story "Full Episode: Maryland's News This Week Jan 10 2016" WBAL Radio

January 8, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the opinion piece "Got a Md. warrant? Here's how to recall it" in The Baltimore Sun

January 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Officer in Freddie Gray case fights ruling forcing him to testify against colleague" on Fox News Channel, KSL-TV, Medicine Hat News, Police One, CJBK-AM, the Associated Press, MiningGazette.com, MSN.com, WBAL-TV and WTTG-TV

January 7, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Officer Porter Compelled to Testify; 2016 Mayoral Candidate Patrick Gutierrez" on WYPR-FM

January 7, 2016

Douglas Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Freddie Gray case: Judge orders Officer Porter to testify in fellow officer's trial," in the Baltimore Sun. Similar articles appeared on ABC News, The New York Times, US News & World Report, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Townhall Magazine, 1310news.com, the Prince George Citizen, the Winnipeg Free Press, localnews7.com, northjersey.com, the San Antonio Express News, the San Francisco Chronicle, onlineathens.com, philly.com, WDTN-TV, KSL-TV, the Times Colonist, Police One, Reuters, MAX 104.9, abc2news.com and wbaltv.com and an Associated Press story appeared on Foxbaltimore.com and WJZ-TV

January 6, 2016

Doug Colbert of the School of Law wrote the letter, "Silencing Porter jury hurts public, prospects for justice," in the Baltimore Sun



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