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Expert, Experienced Faculty

The Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law faculty are family law experts. The faculty are also skilled teachers with experience mentoring attorneys. They include full-time School of Law faculty, prominent attorneys and judges in the Baltimore-Washington area who have participated in the Practitioner Advisory Workgroup, which has developed the program’s curriculum.

Please direct questions about the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to Professor Barbara Babb, Director of the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law, at 410.837.5661 or bbabb@ubalt.edu.

Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law Practitioner Advisory Workgroup—Attorneys and Judges

  • Leslie G. Billman, Esq.

    Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko LLP, Annapolis, MD

    Leslie Billman is a founding member of the firm Trainor, Billman, Bennett & Milko LLP, where she practices exclusively in family law. She has trained lawyers and judges in family law issues throughout her career and has taught at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Associate Attorneys, the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, the Maryland State Bar Association Family Law Section Council, and the Judicial Institute. Billman has been a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has served as the Family Law Section Council chair of the Maryland State Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), immediate past President of AAML’s Maryland Chapter, and a past member of the AAML Board of Governors. Billman received her B.A. from Georgia Southern College and her J.D. from Catholic University of America. To learn more about Leslie Billman please visit here

  • Laura E. Burrows, Esq.

    The Law Office of Laura E. Burrows, Baltimore, MD

    Laura Burrows focuses on all aspects of family law matters. She takes a holistic approach to resolving disputes, has advanced training and certification in collaborative law and mediation, and is a certified Child’s Privilege and Child’s Best Interest Attorney. She was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2012 and 2014-2017. She has spoken at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference and at the Maryland State Bar Association. Burrows received her B.A. from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To learn more about Laura Burrows please visit here.

  • Glenn M. Cooper, Esq.

    Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper, Bethesda, MD 

    Glenn Cooper is the chair of Paley Rothman’s litigation practice and co-chair of the firm’s family law practice. He frequently appears before federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and before arbitration panels and professional disciplinary boards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Cooper was recognized in 2014 as “DC Family Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America. He received his B. A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. To learn more about Glenn Cooper please visit here

  • Stephen J. Cullen, Esq.

    Miles & Stockbridge PC, Washington, DC

    Stephen Cullen heads Miles & Stockbridge’s family law and private clients group. He served as the director of the firm’s Pro Bono Advocacy Program for 15 years from 2001 to 2016. He represents parents and children in state, interstate, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and international family and child law cases. He is widely considered to be an expert on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. His practice includes divorce, financial remedies, custody, child support, alimony, adoption, second parent adoption, marital contracts, marital torts, guardianships, reputation management and defamation. Cullen is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He received his Dip.L.P., M.A. and L.L.B. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Scotland and England and Wales. To learn more about Stephen Cullen, please visit here

  • Sally B. Gold, Esq.

    The Law Offices of Sally B. Gold, Baltimore, MD

    Sally Gold focuses on premarital agreements, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, mediation, post-judgment modifications and other family law matters. Prior to starting her practice, she clerked for the late Robert C. Murphy, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland. Gold has been a guest lecturer at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a speaker at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and State Bar Professionalism Course. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Women's Bar Association, the Women's Law Center and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Gold graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College, and she received her J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. To learn more about Sally Gold please visit here

  • Hadrian N. Hatfield, Esq.

    Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, & Ecker, Potomac, MD 

    Hadrian Hatfield’s family law practice includes private client representation in litigation and appeals, including international divorce issues and Hague parental abduction cases. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has written, trained, and presented extensively on family law issues, including international aspects of divorce. He has been selected as a Family Law Super Lawyer in Maryland and Washington D.C. (2007 -2016), named in Washington D.C.'s "Best Lawyers, A Comprehensive Guide to the Area's Top Attorneys"(2008-2015), and selected by Washingtonian Magazine for its "Washington's Top Lawyers" list (February 2004, and December 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017). Hatfield received his B.A. from the University of Central Arkansas and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. To learn more about Hadrian Hatfield please visit here.  

  • Richard Jacobs, Esq.

    Hooper & Jacobs, LLC, Towson, MD

    Richard Jacobs is a founding member of the firm Hooper and Jacobs, where he specializes in family law matters. He served as president of the Maryland chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2005-2007 and has chaired the Family Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Jacobs is a Fellow of AAML and of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. From 1998-2005, Jacobs was an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and he frequently lectures at state and local bar associations throughout Maryland. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2005 and was recognized as the Baltimore Family Law "Lawyer of the Year” in 2013. Jacobs received his B.A. from the University of Baltimore and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To learn more about Richard Jacobs please visit here

  • Evan Koslow, Esq.

    Koslow Law Firm, LLC, Annapolis, MD

    Evan Koslow is an experienced family law and civil litigation trial attorney and mediator. Before opening his own practice, Koslow worked at an Annapolis family law firm and served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Julia B. Weatherly in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, Anne Arundel County Bar Association, and Prince George's County Bar Association. Koslow received his B.A. from American University and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he served as vice president and president of the Family Law Association. To learn more about Evan Koslow please visit here

  • Hon. Diane O. Leasure (Ret.)

    Ellicott City, MD

    Judge Diane Leasure retired from the 5th Judicial Circuit, where she served as the Fifth Circuit Administrative Judge and the County Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court for Howard County. Prior to her service as a Circuit Court judge, she was chair of the litigation practice group at Fossett & Brugger Chartered. After her retirement from the bench, she was appointed by then-Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as Chair of the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy and as a member of the State Advisory Council on Administrative Hearings. She served for many years as Chair of the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program for the Maryland State Bar Association. Judge Leasure is a past president of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, the Howard County Bar Association, and the Honorable James McGill Inn of Court. She received the Anselm Sodaro Judicial Civility Award from the Maryland State Bar Association, the Beverly Groner Family Law Award from the Maryland State Bar Association’s Family and Juvenile Law Section Council, and The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law award. Judge Leasure received her B.A. from Rowan University, her M.S. from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Rutgers University-Camden. To learn more about Hon. Diane Leasure please visit here

  • Joan Little, Esq.

    Maryland Legal Aid, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

    Joan Little is chief attorney for child advocacy unit at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, where she has worked for over 25 years. She supervises attorneys who represent children in Juvenile Court and in cases before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Court of Appeals. Little frequently testifies before the Maryland legislature on proposed changes in laws that would affect foster care children. She collaborates with Baltimore City Circuit Court judges and staff to develop and implement more effective case management procedures and other promising court practices. Little has provided extensive training to Legal Aid Bureau attorneys and has frequently guest lectured at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a regular contributor to the Daily Record’s Maryland Family Law Monthly publication and is often quoted in the Baltimore Sun as an expert in child welfare. Little received her B.A. from Loyola University Maryland, and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

  • Sayra Wells Meyerhoff, Esq.

    Maryland Legal Aid, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 

    Sayra Meyerhoff is a pro bono staff attorney for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. A member of the Maryland Bar since 1978, Meyerhoff is a founder and former chair of Harriet's List, a political action committee modeled on EMILY's List. She has served on the University of Baltimore School of Law Advisory Council as well as the Dean’s Circle. Other non-profit boards currently include the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Shriver Hall Concert Series and the Women’s Hospital Board of Maryland as well as the Equal Justice Council of the Legal Aid Bureau. She currently serves on the University of Baltimore Foundation’s Board. Having attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans, she received her B.A. from the University of Kentucky, her M.S. from the University of Baltimore and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. 

  • Kelly A. Powers, Esq.

    Miles & Stockbridge PC, Washington, DC 

    Kelly Powers is a principal in Miles & Stockbridge’s family law and private clients group. She represents parents in state, interstate, Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act issues, and international family and child law matters. Her practice focuses on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and includes international child abduction matters, custody, child support, divorce, financial remedies, alimony, protection from domestic violence, marital contracts, marital torts and reputation management. Kelly is also the co-director of Miles & Stockbridge’s Pro Bono Programs. Before joining Miles & Stockbridge, Powers was the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Audrey J.S. Carrion, the former Judge-in-Charge of the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. She received her B.S. cum laude from Salisbury University and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To learn more about Kelly Powers please visit here.

  • Stacey Rice, Esq.

    Brassel, Alexander and Rice, Annapolis, MD

    Stacey Rice is a partner at Brassel, Alexander and Rice. Prior to her current position, she clerked for the Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr. on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County before spending four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County. She has practiced primarily family law since 2005. Rice serves as an officer on the Board of Trustees for the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, is a member of the Character Committee for the Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Anne Arundel Community College. Rice has been recognized as a leading lawyer in criminal law and family law in Anne Arundel County, as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers in family law from 2012-2016, and as one of Maryland’s Top 50 Woman Lawyers by Super Lawyers in 2016. She received her B.A. from Rollins College and her J.D. with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To learn more about Stacey Rice please visit here.

  • Melanie Shapiro, Esq.

    Chief Attorney, Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Court Division, Baltimore, MD

    Melanie Shapiro is a child advocate who joined the Office of Public Defender, Baltimore City Juvenile Division as a supervisor in October 2011 and was appointed Chief in March 2012. Since becoming Chief of the Juvenile Division, she has worked to create a representation model that provides a holistic defense for children. She serves on a number of advisory boards and committees. Prior to relocating back to Baltimore, Shapiro was an attorney with New York City’s Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice for eight years and represented children in both delinquency and child protective cases. She was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Ruth A. Jakubowski in the Baltimore County Circuit Court.  She received her B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. To learn more about Melanie Shapiro please visit here.

  • Hon. Ann N. Sundt (Ret.)

    Garrett Park, MD

    Judge Ann Sundt is a former Associate Judge for the Montgomery County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, and a former Family Division Magistrate for the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Prior to serving on the bench, she was a partner at Dragga, Lyon & Sundt. After retiring from the bench, she was an adjunct professor at Catholic University, and continues to guest lecture on the topic of family law mediation at the University of Virginia School of Law and University of Maryland Law School. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation and Montgomery County Bar Association, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Judicial Institute of Maryland. Judge Sundt has served as chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Family and Juvenile Law Section Council and as president of the Divorce and Separation Roundtable for Montgomery County. She received the Maryland State Bar Association Judicial Civility Award, the Bar Association of Montgomery County Outstanding Jurist Award, the Beverly Groner Family Law Award, and the Women’s Bar of Maryland Rita C. Davidson Award. Judge Sundt received her B.A from Oberlin College and her J.D. from Georgetown University. To learn more about Hon. Ann Sundt please visit here

  • Kate Wolfson, Esq.

    Program Manager, STRIVE Future Leaders, Center for Urban Families, Baltimore, MD

    Kate Wolfson is the Program Manager of the STRIVE Future Leaders (SFL) program at the Center for Urban Families. SFL is a re-entry program for justice-involved youth, ages 18-24, residing in Baltimore City that focuses on job readiness and economic success. Previously, Wolfson served as the Director of the Public Safety Compact (PSC) for Safe and Sound Campaign, where she directed a re-entry initiative that provided substance abuse treatment, job-readiness training, and other supportive services as well as linkages to resources for ex-prisoners returning to Baltimore City, leveraging state savings to sustain the programming. Using some of the PSC savings, in September 2014, Wolfson helped create and facilitate the ELEVATION program in the Baltimore City Detention Center—a transformation program that focused on life skills and education and allowed participants to accept responsibility for their actions and be accountable for their life choices. She received her B.A. from The George Washington University and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To learn more about Kate Wolfson please visit here

Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law Practitioner Advisory Workgroup—UB School of Law Faculty

 

Barbara Babb
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts
Director, Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law 

Fred Brown
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Graduate Tax Program

Gloria Danziger
Senior Fellow, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts

Margaret Johnson
Professor of Law
Director, Bronfein Family Law Clinic
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism

Jane Murphy
Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law
Director, Juvenile Justice Project
Co-Director, Mediation Clinic for Families 

Odeana Neal
Associate Professor of Law

Robert Rubinson
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Mediation Clinic for Families 

Elizabeth Samuels
Professor of Law