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About the LEAD Initiative

Steering Committee


Bonnie Allen, the LEAD Initiative Transition Coordinator, is a clinical instructor at the School of Law and Director of Training and Foundation Development at the Mississippi Center for Justice. Previously, she served as President of the Center for Law and Renewal, based at the Fetzer Institute.

James Archibald is Of Counsel at Venable LLP. He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience in the defense and prosecution of large, complex civil litigation, with a focus on products liability, toxic torts, commercial disputes and class actions. He has been a consistent volunteer with the Mississippi Center for Justice working with several University of Maryland Law School students.

The Honorable Lynne Battaglia serves on the Maryland Court of Appeals. She also served as United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from 1993 to 2001 and has been an adjunct faculty member at the School of Law for many years. From 2002- 2003 she chaired the Maryland Judicial Task Force on Professionalism and from 2004-2006 she chaired the Court Commission on Professionalism. She is a member of the School of Law's Board of Visitors.

Professor Barbara Bezdek, on the law faculty since 1988, is currently teaching the Community Recovery Seminar and Legal Theory & Practice course as part of the LEAD initiative. Prof. Bezdek is an expert in community development and is the founder of the Faith Fund, Inc., a Baltimore faith-based community development financial institution that offers loans and technical assistance to develop affordable housing, small businesses, and community facilities in Baltimore's underserved communities.

Professor Brenda Bratton Blom directs the School of Law's Clinical Law Program and currently teaches the Community Justice Clinic and the new course on professionalism: "Professional Responsibility: The Rules and Reality." Much of Professor Blom's work has been in the area of community development and community oriented problem-solving.

Assistant Dean Dawna Cobb oversees the Office of Student Affairs. As a former Assistant Attorney General, she has many years of experience advising various University of Maryland System institutions about higher education law and policy. In her role as Assistant Dean she has incorporated a new leadership component into our orientation program for first year students and will be overseeing the "Best Practices" LEAD initiative.

Ward Coe is a partner at Gallagher Evelius & Jones LLP with more than three decades of experience representing corporations in complex commercial litigation. He has been instrumental in expanding pro bono legal work throughout the region and has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts.

Professor Peter Danchin has taught International Law and related courses at the School of Law since 2006. Immediately prior to joining the School of Law, he served as the Director of the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs' Human Rights Program.

Maura DeMouy, the LEAD Initiative Coordinator, was a litigator in private practice for almost five years, with a focus on general civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Since 2003, she has taught legal research and writing to first-year Maryland Law students.

John Frisch is chairman of Miles & Stockbridge P.C. and co-chair of the firm's diversity committee. He has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, securities and other corporate transactional matters. In 2007 and 2008, he was listed by Baltimore Magazine as a "Maryland Super Lawyer."

Dean Phoebe Haddon joined the School of Law in 2009 as its Dean. She is a widely respected, national leader in legal education, having served on numerous boards and committees including the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the official accrediting body of American Law Schools.

Professor and Associate Dean Diane Hoffmann was instrumental in obtaining the Fetzer funding for the LEAD Initiative and in her role as Associate Dean of Academic Programs oversees all new Programs and Initiatives at the School of Law. She also directs the Law School's Law & Health Care Program.

The Honorable Marcella Holland is a judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. She has a long history of public service and has received many awards recognizing her efforts. She is a member of the School of Law's Board of Visitors.

Professor Alan Hornstein is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Law. Since 1972, He has served the School of Law in numerous capacities including Acting Dean and Associate Dean. He is currently a member of the School of Law's Board of Visitors.

Professor Sherrilyn Ifill is nationally recognized as an advocate in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. She teaches Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, and a seminar on Reparations, Reconciliation and Restorative Justice and oversees the Law School's South Africa Externship program. With Professor Deborah Weimer, she co-chairs the School's Committee on Professionalism & Diversity.

Professor Sherri Keene is Associate Director of the School of Law's Legal Writing Program. Prior to joining the School of Law, she was an attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland.

Associate Dean Teresa LaMaster leads the institutional advancement activities at the School of Law including development, alumni relations, communications and academic and special events.

Professor Michael Millemann, LEAD Initiative Director and Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law, was one of the original developers of the School of Law's Clinical Law Program. He is teaching the new Consumer Protection Clinic and taught in the Mississippi summer clinic.

Professor Paula Monopoli is directing LEAD's Leadership Component and is a nationally recognized expert on gender equality and women's leadership. In 2002, she founded the School's Women, Leadership and Equality Program.

Beth Pepper established her own practice, The Law Office of Beth Pepper, in 2001. She is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities. Her practice includes a wide-range of civil rights issues including fair housing, employment, public accommodations, education and mental health.

Professor Robert Rhee, who joined the Law School in 2007, is expanding the work of the Law School's Business Law Program on ethics in business lawyering with a special new course examining ethics in corporate decision-making. He has both a JD and an MBA. His background includes positions as a trial attorney in the Honors Program at the U.S. Dept. of Justice and significant investment banking experience.

Maria Roeper is a joint J.D./M.P.P. candidate at the School of Law and the University of Maryland at College Park and was a participant in the first leadership roundtable.

Professor Karen Rothenberg is the School of Law's Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and founding Director of the School of Law's Law & Health Care Program. She served as Dean of the School of Law from 1999 to 2009.

Jack Schwartz is the School of Law's Health Care Law & Policy Fellow. He previously served as Assistant Attorney General and Director of Health Policy in the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

Professor Deborah Weimer has taught in the School of Law's Clinical Law Program for many years. She focuses her scholarship on employment law and AIDS and the law. Along with Professor Sherrilyn Ifill she co-chairs the School of Law's Committee on Professionalism & Diversity. She is heading up the LEAD project's "ethics throughout the curriculum" initiative.

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