Professor of Law and
Co-Director, Clinical Law Program
BA, 1990, Long Island University
JD, 1994, New York University
Professor Michael Pinard is the Co-Director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. He currently teaches the Reentry Clinic and the Reentry Legal Theory and Practice Seminar. He has taught Criminal Procedure, Legal Profession, the Criminal Defense Clinic and a criminal records seminar. He has also taught a comparative criminal process course in the School of Law’s summer program at the University of Aberdeen, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Professor Pinard has published several law review articles on the criminal process, criminal defense lawyering, race and criminal justice, and the interconnections between the reentry of individuals with criminal records and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. His most recent article is Poor Black and “Wanted”: Criminal Justice in Ferguson and Baltimore, 58 Howard L. J. 857 (2015). He is currently writing a book on race and criminal records.
Professor Pinard has been active nationally in efforts to improve legal education. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review and served on the Clinical Skills Committee of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He is a former president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and has served on behalf of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education as co-chair of Clinical Scholarship Committee and chair of the Nomination’s Committee. He is a former co-chair of the AALS Section on Litigation.
Professor Pinard serves on the board of directors for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force (Baltimore) and the Advisory Council of the Public Justice Center (Baltimore). He has served as a board member of the Public Justice Center, an advisory committee member of the Maryland Reentry Partnership, an advisory committee member of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Legal Education and Bar Admission’s Committee.
In 2011, Professor Pinard was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House for his work on behalf of individuals with criminal records. In 2008, he was awarded the Shanara Gilbert Award by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law School as an emerging clinical law professor committed to teaching and achieving social justice.
Professor Pinard received his juris doctor from the New York University School of Law. He was a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York City. From 1998 to 2000, he was a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School. Prior to coming to Maryland in 2002, he was an Assistant Professor at St. John's University Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. From 2008 to 2009, he was a Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law. In spring 2015, he was a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School.
Poor, Black and "Wanted": Criminal Justice in Ferguson and Baltimore, 58 Howard Law Journal 857 (2015). [Full Text]
Criminal Records, Race and Redemption, 16 New York University Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 963 (2013). [Full Text]
Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Confronting Issues of Race and Dignity, 85 New York University Law Review 457 (2010). [Full Text]
Reflections and Perspectives on Reentry and Collateral Consequences, 100 Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 1213 (2010). [Full Text]
A Reentry-Centered Vision of Criminal Justice, 20 Federal Sentencing Reporter 103 (2007). [Full Text]
An Integrated Perspective of the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions and the Reentry of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, 86 Boston University Law Review 623 (2006). [Full Text]
Offender Reentry and the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Convictions: An Introduction, 20 N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change 585 (2006) (with Anthony C. Thompson).
The Logistical and Ethical Difficulties of Informing Juveniles about the Collateral Consequences of Adjudications, 6 Nevada Law Journal 1111 (2006). [Full Text]
Broadening the Holistic Mindset: Incorporating Collateral Consequences and Reentry into Criminal Defense Lawyering, 31 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1067 (2004). [Full Text]
A Brief Reflection on the Multiple Identities and Roles of the Twenty-First Century Clinician, 4 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class 285 (2004). [Full Text]
From The Classroom to the Courtroom: Reassessing Fourth Amendment Standards in Public School Searches Involving Law Enforcement Authorities, 45 Arizona Law Review 1067 (2003).
Limitations on Judicial Activism in Criminal Trials, 33 Connecticut Law Review 243 (2000).
Michael Pinard of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Maryland legislators to consider ways to clean slate for offenders" in The Baltimore Sun
Michael Pinard of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "Please do not dump more lost souls on our streets" in The Baltimore Sun
Michael Pinard of the School of Law was quoted in the Baltimore Sun article "New state laws to help Marylanders clear arrest records."
Michael Pinard of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Learning Legal Lessons from Freddie Gray" on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU
Donald Tobin was quoted and Michael Greenberger, Barbara Bezdek, Michael Pinard and Sherrilyn Ifill of the School of Law were mentioned in the story "U. of Md. names a law class after Freddie Gray" on CampusReform.org.