11/5/2009: Baltimore's "Investigative Voice" Reports NLG's "Future of Indigent Criminal Defense Panel"
10/11/2009: UMB Law's NLG Provides Legal Observers to National Equality March in Washington D.C.
When: Monday, March 29th, 12:00pm – 1:15 pm
Where: Room 108
Join us for a discussion on death penalty reform. We will be joined by a repeal activist from the Maryland Campaign to End the Death Penalty and an attorney with state and federal capital defense experience. Theevent will feature a call from a current Maryland death row inmate, who will share his story.
Founded in 2002 by homeless day laborers, United Workers is a local community organization that defends the human rights of low-wage workers in the Baltimore area. In 2007, United Workers successfully secured living wages for the cleaners of Camden yards. United Workers has now shifted its attention to the Inner Harbor, challenging the developers to respect the human rights of workers, pay workers a living wage and fund a health care program that offers preventative medical care.
Peter Sabonis, Assistant Director of Advocacy for Income Security at Legal Aid, will provide students with a brief introduction of the history of United Workers. We will then conduct legal research about the past human rights violations of the major businesses in the Inner Harbor.
Historical Perspective: Speaker Panel
An exploration of preexisting structural inequalities and historical oppression before natural disasters.
Film Screening: Toxic Soup
Documentary film examining toxins in the environment and their detrimental effects
Response to Disaster: Speaker Panel
A sharing of experiences from professionals and students in post-disaster efforts
Event series presented by: The National Lawyers Guild UMB Branch, Nurses for Global Health, Physicians for Human Rights, Assignment Appalachia, Student Physicians for Social Responsibility, Maryland Environmental Law Society, and UMB USGA
This panel will examine the complicity of attorneys and doctors in the torture used against U.S. detainees who have been classified as “enemy combatants”. The panelists will use Guantanamo as a case study to illustrate the ethical dilemma that military personnel, attorneys and doctors face, when military orders conflict with a professional's ability to adhere to ethical standards and legal responsibilities. The panel will also examine the extent to which the situation in Guantanamo has defied international law, and will discuss the ramifications of the U.S. policy on the War on Terror for the American legal and medical communities and in the international arena.
When/Where: Please join the National Lawyers Guild, International Law Society, Student Health Law Organization, Physicians for Human Rights for a panel discussion in the Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 160) on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
Maryland's Code of Criminal Procedure provides that the Public Defender shall, in addition to "administer[ing] criminal justice," "consult and cooperate with professional groups about the causes of criminal conduct and the development of effective means to rehabilitate and correct individuals charged and convicted of crime." The Neighborhood Defenders – a division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender – has sought to do just that. By providing expanded services to clients in conjunction with zealous criminal advocacy, the Neighborhood Defenders reaches beyond courthouse doors and into the lives of clients by providing them with necessary services to break the cycle of re-offending.
State budgetary constraints and the sudden termination of Nancy S. Forster, however, have left the Maryland Office of the Public Defender facing an "identity crisis," and the Neighborhood Defenders with an uncertain future. Should indigent criminal defense encompass legal representation and efforts at rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism? Does holistic, community-based representation interfere with a defendant's constitutional guarantee to a fair trial? Is such representation cost-effective?
When/Where: Please join the National Lawyers Guild, the American Constitution Society, and the Black Law Student Association for a panel discussion in the Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 160) on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
What: Come meet fellow National Lawyers Guild, Student Chapter members and network with local attorneys working on civil rights, immigration, prisoner's rights, and other progressive issues.
Where: Quigley's 1/2 Irish Pub; 633 Portland Street
When: Thursday, September 10th from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
What: Come meet local attorneys and learn about progressive fellowships, job opportunities, and networking opportunities. Build a social and legal network with experienced lawyers working on civil rights, immigration, prisoner's rights, and other progressive issues.
Where: Room 309
When: Wednesday, September 2nd from 12-1 p.m.
What: Learn about the National Lawyers Guild and speak with ACLU attorney and Philadelphia Chapter Chair Steve Gotzler.
Where: Room 108
When: Thursday, September 3rd at 12 p.m. or 5 p.m.
When: Tuesday, October 7th, 2008, 12-4 p.m.
Where: The Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, 300 E. Madison Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
When: Tuesday October 7th, 2008 @ 3:30 p.m. (meet in law school lobby)
Where: Fallon Federal Building(after citizenship swearing-in ceremony), 31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by: UM Law National Lawyers Guild, Student Chapter and Immigration Law and Policy Association
When: Thursday, October 23 @ 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: University of Maryland School of Law, room TBA
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