The University of Baltimore School of Law drew a standing room only crowd for its Feb. 12 event, "Serial: The Presumption of Guilt." A panel of legal experts honed in on the murder case at the heart of the podcast phenomenon, and exposed law students and the show's fans and critics to the intricacies of storytelling and casemaking.
In an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, University of Baltimore School of Law Assistant Professor Colin Starger comments on the reported record number of wrongful convictions overturned in the United States last year. Starger says the justice system is simply "overwhelmed" by a policy of mass incarcerations, and the time is right for reform.
University of Baltimore School of Law Associate Professor Byron L. Warnken has filed a request with the United States Supreme Court, seeking a hearing in hopes of overturning a criminal conviction against a client whose constitutional rights were violated, Warnken claims, through the use of so-called "sweat-test" evidence—DNA collected surreptitiously by police prior to the person's arrest.
The 21st University of Baltimore Students for Public Interest auction will take place on Feb. 13 in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. UBSPI is a student-run organization dedicated to advancing public interest law. For two decades, the organization has inspired students to pursue careers focused on serving the less fortunate by helping them obtain equal representation in the justice system.