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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 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.

Book Chapters

Itís 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

January 13, 2017

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Consent decree "a first step" to reforming Baltimore police which appeared in the Baltimore Brew.

January 13, 2017

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article Justice Department and City Reach Agreement on Police Reforms which appeared on Baltimore Magazine Online.

January 13, 2017

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.

January 10, 2017

Professor Douglas Colbert was mentioned in an interview Failure to Appear 2nd Chance Program which appeared on The Real News Network.

January 9, 2017

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.

January 8, 2017

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.

January 6, 2017

Professor Douglas Colbert appeared on Tonight: AFRO's First Edition with Sean Yoes, Friday, January 6

December 16, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert was quoted in the article In Maryland, public defenders bear uneven burden which appeared in the Eagle Online.

December 13, 2016

Professor Douglas Colbert was interviewed by Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM to discuss bail reform State Roundup December 13, 2016 issue.

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.



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