In The Atlantic: Hatcher on inmates as ‘revenue opportunity’

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Professor Daniel Hatcher. Professor Daniel Hatcher

Professor Daniel Hatcher is quoted in an Atlantic article, “When Prisoners Are a ‘Revenue Opportunity'” (Aug. 10).

Discussing jails and prisons that use “video visitation” technology provided by private contractors — a service that, according to the article, can cost prisoners up to $1 per minute, plus extra fees — Hatcher said: “Video visitation is a link in the whole system that sees inmates as a revenue opportunity.”

Added Hatcher: “It’s part of a larger system that sees the broader vulnerable family as a revenue opportunity, too.”

Hatcher, a co-director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, is the author of The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens (NYU Press, 2016).

Learn more about Professor Hatcher.

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Work of Human Trafficking clinic-MVLS highlighted on WJZ-TV

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IMG_2279 In the studio: Susan Francis, J.D. ’11 (left), and Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, on WJZ-TV.

Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13 (at right on TV monitor), director of the UB School of Law’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project, and Susan Francis, J.D. ’11, deputy director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, were interviewed this week by WJZ-TV (CBS) about their partnership to expand services to victims of human trafficking and others at risk of being exploited.

The partnership is funded by a two-year grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

The TV segment aired Sunday, Aug. 13. Watch it here.

Learn more about Jessica Emerson and the Human Trafficking Prevention Project.

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Malcolm Bryant dies at 42 after less than a year of freedom

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Malcolm and Michele 9-29-16 -- CROP Malcolm Bryant addresses a UB School of Law symposium on wrongful convictions on Sept. 29, 2016. Professor Michele Nethercott, director of UB’s Innocence Project Clinic, is at right.

Less than a year after he was freed from prison, Malcolm Jabbar Bryant died of a stroke a few weeks shy of his 43rd birthday.

Bryant died March 8, according to a notice from the Beverly D. Cromartie funeral home. Born April 6, 1974, Bryant was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Baltimore, the notice said.

Bryant, a client of UB Innocence Project Clinic director Michele Nethercott, spent nearly 18 years in prison before his convictions were vacated in May 2016.

He was convicted in 1999 in the murder of Toni Bullock, a 16-year-old girl who was repeatedly stabbed after she was dragged into an empty lot off Harford Road. Though four friends of Bryant’s testified that they’d been with…

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UB Tax Clinic Informs Taxpayers of Rights and Responsibilities


On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the University of Baltimore Tax Clinic participated in Baltimore’s first “Offer in Compromise Day.”

At this event, held in conjunction with the University of Maryland Frances Carey King School of Law Tax Clinic and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Tax Clinic, low-income taxpayers were invited to take part in a presentation about the Internal Revenue Service’s Offer in Compromise program.  Offers in Compromise allow taxpayers who meet certain financial and other requirements to resolve outstanding tax debts for less than the full amount due.  The presentation began with an overview of the Offer in Compromise system by the Tax Clinic’s director, Professor Jack Snyder, and Professor Beverly Winstead of the University of Maryland Tax Clinic.  This included a discussion of how taxpayers qualify for the program, as well as common pitfalls in submitting offers.  After this presentation, taxpayers had the opportunity to consult with the Clinic’s student attorneys regarding their individual circumstances.

This event was just one part of the Tax Clinic’s ongoing program of outreach to low-income taxpayers, particularly recent immigrants and others who speak English as a second language.

While the Tax Clinic’s student attorneys primarily provide representation in tax controversy to dozens of clients each year, the Clinic also offers education on taxpayers’ rights and responsibilities to taxpayers with limited or no English proficiency.  This academic year, the Clinic’s student attorneys have made presentations to clients of Asylee Women’s Enterprises and, in partnership with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, to clients of the International Rescue Committee.  Both organizations serve immigrants who have recently arrived in the United States.  These presentations give new taxpayers a broad orientation to the tax system.  Topics include the nature of income taxes—something unfamiliar to citizens of other countries, which often rely primarily on consumption taxes—how to ensure appropriate withholding, how to avoid unscrupulous return preparers, and, of course, how to seek assistance with tax problems.

Fall 2016 student attorney Ricky Adams notes, “As you can imagine, an overview of various tax forms, including W-4’s, W-2’s, tax returns, and an overview of federal tax obligations is quite the welcome to a new country.  Nevertheless, the participants are eager to learn about our tax system and they are gracious and grateful for our services, which we are honored to provide.”

For more information on UB’s Tax Clinic, please visit our academic Tax Clinic webpage and page for potential clients.

UB’s Clinical Law Program Ranks #12 in the country.

Good news on a slushy morning: UB’s clinical law and part-time J.D. programs did exceptionally well in the annual U.S. News law school rankings, which were made public today. In a note to the faculty, Dean Ronald Weich wrote: “U.S. News & World Report has released its annual ranking of law schools and specialty programs within […]

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Feminist Legal Theory Conference scheduled March 30-31, 2017

You’re invited to attend the Center on Applied Feminism’s 10th Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference on March 30 and 31, 2017. Jocelyn Frye, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will be the keynote speaker. Frye was formerly deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of policy and special projects for First Lady Michelle […]

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