Professor Doug Colbert, 7 alumni appointed to Baltimore City judicial nominating commission

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced his appointees to the Baltimore City Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission on Sept. 12. Eight of the new appointees have a connection to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, including Professor Doug Colbert and seven alumni: 

  • Chelsea Crawford ’13, partner, Brown, Goldstein and Levy 
  • Diane D'Aiutolo ’83, managing partner, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP 
  • Aaron B. DeGraffenreidt ’12, general counsel, Baltimore City Council 
  • Kaliope Parthemos ’00, managing member, Kaliope Law, LLC
  • Benjamin S. Salsbury ’07, managing member, Salsbury Sullivan, LLC
  • Alicia L. Wilson ’07, managing director and global head of philanthropy for the North America region, JPMorgan Chase and Co.  
  • Mark A. Yost ’11, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Proud Moments 

The commission advertises judicial vacancies, seeks recommendations for judicial candidates from their own membership, bar associations, and members of the general public; sets closing dates for the submission of the judicial applications; and evaluates applicants based on a variety of factors including their integrity, temperament, legal knowledge, and professional experience. 

Colbert joined the Maryland Carey Law faculty in 1994 and currently teaches Criminal Procedure II, Criminal Law Seminar: Race and the Criminal Justice System, and Legal Profession. He has written extensively in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, lawyers’ ethical responsibilities, and police misconduct, and testifies as an expert witness on behalf of parties seeking fundamental change in pretrial justice and guarantees of indigent defendants’ right to counsel. He also testifies before Maryland legislative committees on various criminal law issues. Prior to entering the academy, Colbert served as a senior trial attorney in the NYC Legal Aid Society’s criminal defense division. 

For nearly two decades, he served as a board member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), on the board of directors of the Public Justice Center, and on the board of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association (MCDAA) where he remains currently. He is a past chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section on Correctional Reform.