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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.

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

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

December 22, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Porter Faces Jury Again June 13, Goodson Trial Next On Jan. 6" on WJZ-TV

December 21, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Retrial date not yet scheduled for Officer William Porter" in hexanews.com

December 21, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "New court date set for police officer after hung jury in Freddie Gray death trial" in The Guardian. Similar articles also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on Jezebel.com

December 21, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the op-ed, "Stop locking up the non-violent poor" in the Baltimore Sun

December 20, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "The Latest: Authorities reviewing arrest of juvenile" on CNS News

December 17, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "The Latest: Authorities reviewing arrest of juvenile" on Chron.com, The Albany Democrat-Herald, and on The Daily Nonpareil

December 17, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "No New Trial Date Set For William Porter In Freddie Grayís Death" on WJZ-TV, The Miami Herald, Delmarva Public Radio, WTOP Radio, the Times-Post, WNEW Radio, the Beloit Daily News, Yahoo! News, the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, StarTribune.com, The New York Times, Morning Call.com, WYPR Radio, WRC-TV, WEAA-AM and WBAL-TV

December 17, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on Democracy Now! and the interview was republished on Truth-Out.org

December 16, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Law experts weighs in on hung jury" on WBAL-TV and in similar stories in The Christian Science Monitor, Time magazine, Ameripublications, The Wall Street Journal, WRC-TV, The Orange County Register, Outside the Beltway, WYPR Radio, the Tri-County Sun Times, Nasdaq.com, Baltimore Jewish Life, the Yerepouni-Armenian Indedpendent News, the Lodi News-Sentinel, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and The Baltimore Sun's Roughly Speaking

December 16, 2015

Doug Colbert and David Gray of the School of Law were quoted in the Baltimore Sun article "After hung jury in Officer Porter trial, what now?"

December 15, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Jury Deadlocked in Porter Trial, Judge Orders Deliberations To Continue" on WBAL.com and in a similar report on WJZ-TV

December 14, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Jury deliberation begins in trial of Officer William Porter" on WBAL-TV

December 14, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Closing arguments in first Freddie Gray trial" on WKBW-TV and in similar stories in The Washington Post, live5news.com, Courthouse News Service, the Bonham Journal, WYPR Radio, The Root, The Real News Network, WJZ-TV, the Baltimore Sun, Reuters, wkbw.com and on WBAL Radio.

December 13, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WYPR story "Defense Prosecutes Police Operations At Porter Trial."

December 10, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Pathologist is 1st defense witness in Gray trial" on NYSEpost.com

December 10, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Policy and Prognosis Prosecuted At Porter Trial" on WYPR Radio, and in similar stories on WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV, WRC-TV, Newzy.net, The Recorder Post, Ameripublications.com, The News Telegraph, The Real News Network, and the Bonham Journal.

December 9, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Porter took the stand in his own defense Wednesday" on WMAR-TV, WBAL Radio, WYPR Radio, and in similar articles in The New York Times, Baltimore magazine, Ebony magazine, Baltimore Jewish Life, The Inside Korea, Ameri Publications, The Observer Voice, The Indian Republic, TheBayNet.com, and The Real News.

December 8, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Prosecution Rests in Porter Trial After Testimony From Criminal Justice Expert" in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Journal Reporter, and on WBAL-TV, WRC-TV, WBAL Radio, PressOracle.com, Vehicle.pro, WJZ-TV, and WYPR Radio.

December 7, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Defense Tries to Discredit Autopsy in Freddie Gray Trial" on WRC-TV

December 7, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Baltimore Officer Trial: Defense Blames Others for Freddie Gray's Death" on WRC-TV

December 5, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Officer Says He Thought Freddie Gray Was Faking Injury" on WBNS-TV and in similar stories on WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV and The Guardian

December 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Trial For Officer In Freddie Gray Case Boasts Majority Black Jury" on Global Grind and Newsone.com

December 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Prosecution and Defense Lay Out Strategies in Porter Trial" in Baltimore magazine.

December 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Prosecutors In Porter Trial To Pick Up With Investigation" on WYPR Radio and in similar stories on WBAL-TV and WRC-TV

December 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "Protesters arrive at Baltimore courthouse for Freddie Gray trial" on TV Newsroom

December 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Prosecution and Defense Lay Out Strategies in Porter Trial" in Baltimore magazine. Similar stories appeared on WJZ-TV, Real News Network, Social Dashboard, Uncova.com, the Huffington Post, the Canon Place Mercury, Jewocity.com, WBAL-TV, the Ledger-Gazette, and The Guardian

December 2, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "High stakes for Baltimore as Freddie Gray trials begin," on The Voice Herald

December 2, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Jury seated in Officer William Porter trial" on WBAL-TV

December 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Battle joined in Freddie Gray case as jury selection begins," on the Frederick News-Post

December 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Jury selection resumes in Baltimore's Freddie Gray killing trial" on Reuters. Similar stories appeared on the Reuters Foundation and Yahoo! News

December 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Wednesday markes the final phase of jury selection for Officer William Porter" on WMAR-TV.

December 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Jury Process Shows High Stakes in Freddie Gray Cop Trial" in Ebony magazine

December 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was featured in the article "Six Questions With Maryland Law Professor About Freddie Gray Case" in Baltimore magazine

November 30, 2015

Douglas Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Freddie Gray case legal analysis: jury selection could get complicated," in the Baltimore Sun. and in a similar article in the Lodi News-Sentinel

November 30, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "Peaceful Protests Outside Courthouse as Jury Selection Begins in Freddie Gray Case," in Baltimore Magazine

November 30, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Update: First Day Of Jury Selection Wraps At Porter Trial" on WBAL Radio and for similar stories in The New York Times, Baltimore Jewish Life, Vice.com, and the Tampa Bay Times

November 29, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Who will be the 12 men and women to serve on the first trial in Freddie Gray case?" in The Washington Post

November 29, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "All Eyes On Porter For First Freddie Gray Trial" on WYPR

November 18, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the segment "Second man in transport van with Freddie Gray to testify at officer's trial" on WBAL-TV

November 10, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "Law And Order And Podcasts: How ĎSerialí Uncovered Evidence That Led To Adnan Syedís New Hearing" on Think Progress

November 9, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was a guest on the Fox News Baltimore segment "Reforming Police Practices."

October 19, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Experts on how violation of police seatbelt policy affects Freddie Gray case" on WBFF-TV

October 17, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Records show city police had long urged seat belt use in vans" in The Baltimore Sun

September 30, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Baltimore Judge Sets Trial Dates for Officers Accused of Killing Freddie Gray" on vice.com

September 29, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Baltimore judge schedules police trials in black man's death" on Reuters

September 29, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was mentioned in the Christian Science Monitor article "Trials scheduled for police officers indicted in Freddie Gray death."

September 29, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Trial Dates Set For Freddie Gray Cases" on WYPR-FM and WBAL radio

September 24, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "Freddie Gray trials could be delayed: here's why" on WMAR

September 23, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Will the Jurors Be Swayed by Freddie Grayís Family Settlement?" on blackchristianews.com

September 18, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Huffington Post article "Jurors Could Be Swayed By That $6.4 Million For Freddie Grayís Family."

September 18, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the HuffPost Politics story "Freddie Gray Died From The Same Racial Injustice That Will Keep His Neighbors Off The Jury."

September 8, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Baltimore Sun article, "Gray family settlement will be raised at officers' criminal hearing, analysts say."

September 8, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Baltimore Reaches $6.4M Wrongful Death Settlement With Freddie Grayís Family" on WJZ TV and in similar articles -
ohio.com
star-telegram.com
belfasttelegraph.co.uk
timesfreepress.com
Baltimore Magazine
The Republic
Baltimore Sun
The Morning Call

September 8, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the City Paper article "Circus Court: At the Freddie Gray trial, the street is never out of mind."

September 5, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article "In Baltimore, six separate trials loom in Freddie Gray death."

September 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the story "New questions arise after officers' pretrial motions hearings" on WBAL-TV.

September 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Recapping Wednesdays Freddie Gray Legal Case & Protests in Baltimore" that aired on The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA

September 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the WBAL-TV story "Legal experts weigh in on Freddie Gray ruling," and similar stories in other outlets.
WBAL-TV
WUSA-9
WJZ-TV
Baltimore Sun
Marylandreporter.com

September 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Baltimore Brew article "Public gets a glimpse of no-nonsense Freddie Gray case judge."

September 3, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Baltimore officers on track for trial" that appeared in the Associated Press and in numerous other outlets.

September 2, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article "Can officers in Freddie Gray case get impartial juries in Baltimore?."

September 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed on the segment "Pretrial hearings to begin in Freddie Gray case" that aired on WBAL-TV

September 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the article "People In Baltimore Are Worried About More Riots As Freddie Gray Case Heads To Court" on buzzfeed.com

September 1, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Legal Aspects of the Freddie Gray Case" that aired on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA.

August 31, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Motion Hearings In Freddie Gray Case Begin Wednesday; What Should We Expect?" that aired on Maryland Morning on WYPR

August 30, 2015

Doug Colbert of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Motions hearings set on recusal, venue in Freddie Gray cases" in the Daily Record.



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