JustAdvice Program, Community Justice ClinicPhone: (410) 706-4086
BS, 2000, Johns Hopkins University
JD, 2004, University of Maryland, School of Law
Leigh Maddox is a Special Assistant State's Attorney who joined the University of Maryland Clinical Program in 2008. She teaches doctrinal studies and supervises the delivery of legal services in the Community Justice and General Summer Practice Clinics. Professor Maddox works with student attorneys in the Law School Clinic to serve people who are engaged in, and impacted by, the criminal justice system. Her instruction focuses on employing restorative approaches to solve the complex problems that arise when communities, and their members, intersect with the criminal justice system.
As a practicing attorney in the clinic, Professor Maddox is engaged in ongoing conversations about how best to redesign the entrance to the courthouse to improve efficiency; redirect victims and defendants prior to entering the criminal justice system; and, reduce recidivism while valuing and listening to the voices of the communities and victims impacted by crime. She also is engaged in projects that aim to increase access to legal services for the working poor. Professor Maddox, along with dedicated students, staff members, and volunteer attorneys created the JustAdvice℠ project, a burgeoning legal service clinic where, for ten dollars, anyone can receive a thirty minute session with an experienced attorney and walk away with a viable roadmap for solving looming legal issues. As a clinical teacher, Professor Maddox is committed to encouraging leadership development among student attorneys by fostering an environment of client matter ownership among clinical students and encouraging succession planning. Through this leadership model, senior student attorneys identify, develop, and mentor newer associates on the intricacies of client work. They celebrate accomplishment and share disappointments. The result is a cohesive "leap frog" of students committed to both the client and the overarching theme of community justice.
Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Maddox worked as a career law enforcement officer with the Maryland State Police, retiring in 2007 at the rank of captain. While with the State Police, Professor Maddox served in a myriad of assignments throughout the Department including field command positions spanning nine Maryland counties. She also commanded the Planning and Research Division, the Training Division and served as the coordinator for the implementation of the racial profiling Consent Decree. In the 1990's, she worked as a patrol trooper and supervisor; served in the Intelligence Division including a long term undercover assignment in which she infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan; and worked as a criminal investigator, legislative coordinator and public affairs spokesperson. Throughout her career with the Maryland State Police, Professor Maddox also instructed and facilitated numerous entry and senior level developmental courses.
Professor Maddox serves on the board of numerous non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Executive Board for Law Enforcement against Prohibition (LEAP) and consults with the Forest Greens/Perryman Community Association on land planning and environmental protections issues. Additionally, she helped to found Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Maryland Chapter. She served six years on its Executive Board and eight years on the annual COPS Ride fundraising Committee. Professor Maddox also served for five years on the Chrome City Ride Committee to benefit the Benedictine School for developmentally disabled children and adults. Additionally, she served on the Executive Board of the Coalition of Black Maryland State Troopers for six years.
She is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools, Law Enforcement against Prohibition and a lifetime member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement. She is a past member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Cecil County Branch of the NAACP and the Police Executive Research Forum.
Professor Maddox graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management and Leadership from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000. In 2004, Professor Maddox was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law. While attending law school, Professor Maddox was elected to serve on the academic honor board for four consecutive terms. She also earned her certification as a trained mediator.