Two student-attorneys testify in Annapolis on stalking bill

UPDATES/University of Baltimore School of Law

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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