Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-0683
AB, 1968, SUNY at Buffalo
JD, 1972, Rutgers (Newark) Law School
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 indigentsí 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 Colbertís recent scholarly activities have focused on reforming statesí 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 Associationís Section on Correctional Reform.
Itís Not Funny: Creating a Professional Culture of Pro Bono Commitment, in Vulnerable Populations, Economic Realities (2010). [Full Text]
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]
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Maryland Black Caucus agenda tallies some wins, some losses which appeared in The Frederick News-Post.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Gorsuch to have great impact on future Supreme Court cases, analysts say which appeared on WBAL-TV Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was included in a panel discussion on Bail Reform in Maryland on WEAA-FM.
Professor Douglas Colbert was mentioned in the article Maryland judges, commissioners shifting away from cash bail as reform debate continues which appeared in The Baltimore Sun Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert discusses the Maryland Court of Appeals decision AFRO's First Editin with Sean Yoes, Thursday, February 9 on Washington Afro American Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Maryland Court of Appeals: Defendants can't be held in jail because they can't afford bail which appeared on The Baltimore Sun Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert is mentioned in the article Immigration Ban Update; Bail Reform Debate Continues which appeared on WYPR.org
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Deadline Tuesday For Second Chance Warrant Program which appeared on WBAL-AM Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was featured in the article Until Jan. 31st: Baltimore Program Offers a Second Chance to Offenders Wanted on Warrants which appeared on Washington Afro American Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Consent decree "a first step" to reforming Baltimore police which appeared in the Baltimore Brew.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Justice Department and City Reach Agreement on Police Reforms which appeared on Baltimore Magazine Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Can Baltimore's police reform deal survive a Trump Justice Department? which appeared on The Baltimore Sun Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was mentioned in an interview Failure to Appear 2nd Chance Program which appeared on The Real News Network.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Court offers help clearing warrants for failing to appear in court which appeared in True Viral News.
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Missed a court date? This month, you could be forgiven which appeared in My informs and City Paper.
Professor Douglas Colbert appeared on Tonight: AFRO's First Edition with Sean Yoes, Friday, January 6
Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article In Maryland, public defenders bear uneven burden which appeared in the Eagle Online.
Professor Douglas Colbert was interviewed by Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM to discuss bail reform State Roundup December 13, 2016 issue.
Professor Douglas Colbert wrote the article If you must set bail, make it achievable which appeared on The Baltimore Sun Online.