Prof. Zina Makar on Money Bail in today’s New York Times

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Zina Makar, the fellow in the UB Pretrial Justice Clinic, has an op-ed in today’s New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/bail-reform-begins-with-the-bench.html

In the op-ed, Zina argues compellingly that “judges must stop relying solely on police arrest reports in making bail determinations.”  The timing of Zina’s publication could not be more perfect, as today is the conference organized by Zina and Colin Starger on Money Bail and its Role in Mass Incarceration.  If you haven’t already dropped in on the conference, a panel on solutions starts at 1:15.  Our appreciation to Zina for sharing her insights with the wide readership of the NY Times and for the tireless work she and her students are doing in Baltimore.

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Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic Event Focuses on Improving Discharge Review Process

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The Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic hosted a veterans day event titled “Representing Servicemembers in Discharge Upgrades,” co-sponsored by Homeless Persons Representation Project, University of Baltimore School of Law Military Law Association, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Military Law Association, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland on November 4, 2016.

The speakers included (from left to right in photo) Professor Hugh McClean (Baltimore law), James Richardson (former advisor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces), Professor Jason Manne (U. of Pittsburgh law), Robert Powers (President of the Navy Discharge Review Board), and Professor Aniela Szymanski (William and Mary law).

Panelists spoke about the need for more transparency in the discharge review process, as well as best-practices for practitioners representing veterans before the Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military Records.

Wes Moore is keynote speaker at the first 21-Gun Salute event — UB School of Law UPDATES

The Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training held its first 21-Gun Salute celebration on Nov. 7, 2016. Wes Moore was the keynote speaker. Moore, a Baltimore resident, is a decorated Army combat veteran, a best-selling author and the host of WYPR-FM’s “Future City” program. Professor Hugh McClean, director of UB’s Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy […]

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Update: Bail is denied to clinic client who appealed high bail — UB School of Law UPDATES

Nicole Easley, a Baltimore woman charged with attempted murder, was granted a new bail hearing Tuesday after a courthouse recording revealed that a Circuit Court judge in September set a $750,000 bail knowing Easley could not pay it. Maryland law requires bail be used only to ensure that a defendant appears for trial. On Tuesday […]

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Gilman: A Trump court would keep decimating workers’ rights — UB School of Law UPDATES

In an Oct. 31 article in The Conversation, Venable Professor of Law Michele Gilman focuses on what would happen if Donald Trump won the presidency and was able to nominate a candidate to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court – not to mention candidates to fill any subsequent vacancies. Trump has vowed to […]

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