A Message from the Clinical Law Program Co-Directors
Co-Directors of the Clinical Law Program Michael Pinard and Leigh Goodmark
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has long been a leader in clinical legal education. We were one of the first schools to require that all students complete a clinic to graduate when we adopted our Cardin Requirement 30 years ago. We have consistently been ranked among the top 10 clinical programs in the United States. We continue to seek opportunities to increase the breadth and the depth of our program to better serve our students and community.
The program is in a time of transition. This spring, we celebrated the retirements of Barbara Bezdek (whose work is profiled in the July 2019 newsletter) and Deborah Weimer, whose contributions to our work and to our city have been immeasurable. We are excited to welcome new staff and faculty. The July 2019 newsletter introduces you to Maneka Sinha, recently of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, who is starting a criminal defense clinic—a key addition to our offerings. We have also added clinics focused on fair housing and economic justice and are welcoming new faculty to our Civil Rights of Persons with Disabilities Clinic. Lila Meadows, a 2014 graduate of Maryland Carey Law, returns to the Gender Violence Clinic as a staff attorney. And of course, in the fall, a new crop of student attorneys will begin to provide representation to clients in matters ranging from immigration to parole to public benefits, to mediate client disputes, and to provide counsel on intellectual property and community development issues. The ripple effects of their work in the clinic are substantial—these clinic students will become the public interest and pro bono lawyers who serve our community and the legislators and elected officials who make its policy.
New people and new ideas keep our work vibrant. As a program, we are continually assessing what we offer to the city of Baltimore and what we offer to our students. Our goal is to ensure that we continue to provide a robust clinical program that serves our community and introduces our students to a variety of advocacy settings and skills.