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 Money Bail Conference Solutions Panel
Towards Solutions Panelists at the recent Money Bail and its Role in Mass Incarceration Conference hosted at UBLaw. Panelists (from l-r) Jocelyn Simonson, Tara Boh Blair, Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Douglas Colbert and Zina Makar.

Check out our Conference site 'Money Bail and its Role in Mass Incarceration' and the related Resource page.

Leaders of UB's Pretrial Justice Clinic and other experts led panel discussions and focused on a major cause of mass incarceration: the system of money bail and unjust pretrial detention – a system ripe for reform.

 

Fall 2016 Conferences: Working to End Mass Incarceration

 

Money Bail and its Role in Mass Incarceration

Leaders of UB's Pretrial Justice Clinic and other experts met on November 17, 2016 to focus on a major cause of mass incarceration: the system of money bail and unjust pretrial detention – a system ripe for reform.

 

 

 

9:15 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ronald Weich, dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
Colin Starger, professor and co-director, UB Pretrial Justice Clinic
9:30 10:45 a.m. Framing the Issues
  • Paul DeWolfe, Maryland public defender, Office of the Public Defender
  • Tara Huffman, director of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program, OSI-Baltimore
  • Tiffany Harvey, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Civil Rights, MD Office of the Attorney General
  • Shannan Wise, former OPD client
  • Representative from the MD Office of the Attorney General
Moderator: Zina Makar, clinical fellow and co-director, UB Pretrial Justice Clinic
11:00 12:15 p.m. Pretrial Data and Evidence-Based Reform
  • Seema Iyer, associate director, Jacob France Insititute/Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
  • Michael Resnick, commissioner of Pretrial Detention & Services, Dept. of Public Safety & Correctional Services
  • Erek Barron, delegate, MD House of Delegates
Moderator: Colin Starger, professor and co-director, UB Pretrial Justice Clinic
1:15 2:30 p.m. Towards Solutions
  • Cherise Fanno Burdeen, chief executive officer, Pretrial Justice Institute
  • Tara Boh Blair, executive officer, KY Dept. of Pretrial Services
  • Jocelyn Simonson, professor, Brooklyn Law School
Moderator: Douglas Colbert, professor and director, UM Access to Justice Clinic
2:30 2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Zina Makar, clinical fellow and co-director, UB Pretrial Justice Clinic

 


 

Wrongful Conviction Fundraiser

Shawn Armbrust, Prof. Michele Nethercott and Laura Nirider (l-r) at the Fundraiser for the Maryland Expert Fund following the Wrongful Conviction Symposium on Sept 29, 2016.

 

From Bloodsworth to Today:
Wrongful Convictions in Maryland

On September 29, 2016, leaders of UB's Innocence Project Clinic and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and other experts discussed wrongful convictions in Maryland. Full conference schedule below or download a copy here.

Conference Schedule

12 12:30 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
Michele Nethercott, director, University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic
Shawn Armbrust, executive director, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
12:30 1 p.m. Remarks from Maryland Exonerees
Malcolm Bryant, Sabein Burgess and Demetrius Smith
1 2 p.m. The Legislative Response to Wrongful Convictions
Sen. Delores G. Kelley, District 10, Baltimore County
Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, District 40, Baltimore City
Del. Erek L. Barron, District 24, Prince George's County

Moderator: Rebecca Brown, director of policy, Innocence Project
2:15 3:45 p.m. Litigating Innocence Cases: The Defense Perspective
Booth Ripke, Nathans & Biddle LLP
Don Salzman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steve Mercer, Forensics Division of the Maryland Office
of the Public Defender

Moderator: Michele Nethercott, director, University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic
4 5:30 p.m. Litigating Innocence Cases: The Prosecutor's Perspective
Michael N. Herring, commonwealth's attorney, Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, Richmond, Va.
Thiru Vignarajah, Maryland deputy attorney general
Karen Polis, assistant state's attorney, Office of the State's Attorney for Prince George's County

Moderator: John Hollway, executive director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, University of Pennsylvania Law School
5:30 5:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Shawn Armbrust, executive director of Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project

 

 

Support for the Maryland Expert Fund

Reception and fundraiser for the Maryland Expert Fund to follow the conference with special guest Laura Nirider from Making a Murderer.

Room: 12th Floor and Moot Court

 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the news that the University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic has joined forces with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, with special guest Laura Nirider from Making a Murderer.

This reception will help raise funds for the Maryland Expert Fund. This new fund will support our joint efforts to prevent and correct wrongful convictions in Maryland by enabling our legal team to continue to provide quality investigations that often require expensive experts. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tickets start at $50.

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