UB hosts 10th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training

On Friday, June 1, 2018, UB hosted the 10th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training. The amazing lineup of speakers kept the discussion lively for the 125 participants interested in serving the nearly 380,000 Marylanders who have served in the Armed Forces. The program included VA Benefits 101 Training, Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Training, Know-Your-Rights briefings, and panels discussing discharge upgrades, veterans resources, and family law. Mr. JR Tillery, Deputy Director of the Army Review Board Agency, provided the keynote address and discussed the impact of military discharges on veterans and his organization’s role in supporting veterans. Ms. Jill Brown-Williams, a Coast Guard veteran and Board Member of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, shared her personal story during the luncheon about her transition from military to civilian life and and the struggles she endured.

Pictured above: (left) Judge Jonathan Newell and Delegate Jeffrey Ghrist awarded 1963 US Naval Academy alumnus Joseph Allegretti a Governor’s Citation for his outstanding work with Judge Newell’s Veteran Treatment Docket.
(right) James Richardson (planning committee/private practice), Sharon Goldsmith (Exec Director PBRC), Kathleen Skullney (private practice).

A dedicated group of planners and sponsors helped make the program possible:
Sponsors: The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law
Elder Law & Disability Rights Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Veterans’ Affairs & Military Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association

Conference Organizers: Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Veterans & Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, Veterans’ Affairs & Military Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association


Prof. Gilman: Supreme Court’s New Labor Ruling Doesn’t Reflect Realistic View of Workplace

Read Prof. Gilman’s article from Salon on the recent Supreme Court Labor Ruling

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Venable Professor of Law Michele GilmanMichele Gilman, the Venable Professor of Law in the University of Baltimore School of Law and director of its Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic and co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, writes in Salon that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis case may exacerbate a number of hot-button topics in the American workplace, including the problem of unpaid hours and the misclassification of employees. The growing #MeToo movement also takes a hit from this decision, she says.

“As a law professor who directs a clinical legal program that regularly represents low-wage workers, I believe this ruling essentially allows employers to hide workplace injustices while also potentially making it harder for workers—including victims of sexual harassment—to find justice,” Prof. Gilman writes.

In her analysis of the decision’s ramifications, Gilman points to the influence of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, author of the majority opinion.


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UB LITC Student Attorney Receives MSBA Award

qianSelena Qian (J.D. anticipated May 2018), who served as a student attorney at the University of Baltimore Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic during the spring and fall 2017 semesters, has been awarded the Maryland State Bar Association Tax Council Book Prize.  This $500 monetary book prize is given annually by the Council of the MSBA Tax Section to a J.D. or LL.M. candidate interested in practicing tax law in the state of Maryland.

During her time as a student attorney, Ms. Qian handled a range of federal tax controversies including collection matters, litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, and a factually complex refund claim.  After serving as a student attorney during the spring 2017 semester, her exemplary work led Tax Clinic Director John B. Snyder, III to invite her back for a second semester in the clinic.  During her time at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Ms. Qian also participated twice in the National Tax Moot Court Team, served as an officer in student organizations, and received a Dean’s Citation.  After graduation, she will serve as a law clerk for Judge Dennis Robinson, Jr. of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.  After her clerkship, she plans to practice in the corporate tax field.

Professor Snyder and the University of Baltimore LITC extend their congratulations to Ms. Qian for this well-deserved honor.


Immigrant Rights Clinic student attorneys train Johns Hopkins University doctors

On April 27, 2018, student attorneys  (Lokesh Chhantyal, Ninia Ogbuji, Bryana Spann, Kurt Wonilowicz) in the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law trained approximately twenty doctors at Johns Hopkins on immigration hot topics and patients’ rights. The students discussed how recent changes to immigration policies and enforcement impact medical patients and hospitals. Additionally, the students empowered the doctors to spot immigration red flags and make effective referrals to local legal services organizations.

Seven Law Students from Veterans Advocacy Clinic Contribute Articles About Veterans to Baltimore Barrister Magazine

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Seven students serving in The Bob PBaltBarristerarsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic in the University of Baltimore School of Law are authors of two articles in the latest issue of Baltimore Barrister magazine.

Students Logan Hayes, Krista Johnson, and Clayton Day co-authored the article “Veterans Treatment Courts: An Opportunity to Serve Those Who Have Served.” Students Asa Baitch, Jarred Nicholson, Jamie Brown, and Alyxandrya McClelland co-wrote the article “The Deborah Sampson Act: A Step Forward in Equality for Women Veterans.” Both articles can be found in the online edition of Baltimore Barrister.

Learn more about The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic.

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Registration open for 10th Annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference & Training

Designed for lawyers, law students, veterans, policymakers and other service professionals, this annual conference provides a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing our veterans.  It features substantive panels on hot topics in veterans law and also offers training to volunteer lawyers who commit to provide pro bono assistance to veterans in need.

Contact Kia Pierre at kpierre@probonomd.org or 443-703-3046.

REGISTER NOW 2018 Veterans Conference


Read Prof. Trivedi’s op-ed in The Sun today

Bronfein Family Law Clinic Fellow Shanta Trivedi contributed an op-ed to today’s Baltimore Sun that advocates against a proposed state bill that would criminally penalize “mandatory reporters” who fail to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Bills in the Maryland House and Senate propose criminal penalties for certain professionals – including teachers, counselors, social workers and […]

via Trivedi in The Sun: Abuse bill would criminalize professionals — UPDATES/University of Baltimore School of Law