Juvenile Justice Project News

jjpThe UB School of Law’s clinical program’s Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) faculty and students met with with Walter Lomax who leads the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative. The students attended a meeting of former inmates released under the Maryland Court of Appeals decision in State v. Unger.  JJP student attorneys talked with former inmates, their families and social workers about the challenges they have faced in the transition from prison to the outside.  These conversations will assist JJP student attorneys in arguing for release of their clients, who have been incarcerated since they were juveniles, before the courts and the Parole Commission.

In the photo from left Alexandra Rickart, 3L Day, Eve Hanan, JJP Clinical Teaching Fellow, Jane Murphy, JJP Clinic Director, Walter Lomax and Towanda Luckett, 4L Part Time. Pictured in front row, Raylynn Cummings, 2L Day

Two student-attorneys testify in Annapolis on stalking bill

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CROP -- FLC testimony Bronfein Family Law Clinic student-attorneys Denise Blake (not pictured) and Ryan Knopp (back row, second from right) testified in support of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Susan C. Lee (front row, center). Also pictured are members of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.

Bronfein Family Law Clinic student-attorneys Denise Blake and Ryan Knopp testified in Annapolis on Feb. 11 before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of a bill that would change the definitions of “stalking” and “harassment.” In particular, the bill would add language to the state stalking statute that emphasizes the “serious emotional distress” that stalkers cause their targets. The bill also would repeal the requirement that the behavior be “malicious.”

The bill, SB 278, is sponsored by Sen. Susan C. Lee (D-Montgomery County).

Blake and Knopp also submitted written testimony to the committee.

An excerpt:

“We at the University of Baltimore Family Law Clinic represent…

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Dan Hatcher’s new book earns encomium from The New Yorker

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Professor  Daniel Hatcher‘s new book has received a glowing endorsement from Sarah Stillman, a staff writer for The New Yorker. The review is to appear on the jacket of The Poverty Industry, which will be published by NYU Press in May.

Wrote Stillman: “Every American who cares about the intersection of private profits and public justice should read this book, and wrestle with its arguments. Hatcher marshals years of legal experience and research towards fulfilling the muckraker’s calling: ‘to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.’ But he also goes a step further. In The Poverty Industry, he combines a practitioner’s depth with a journalist’s flair for storytelling to generate the first complete account of a little-known phenomenon that should be of interest to every reader with a conscience.”

See earlier blog post about The Poverty Industry.

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