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Clinical FellowZina Makar
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 421

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Thompson, Room 433
John and Frances Angelos Law Center


J.D., University of Maryland School of Law
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Constitutional Law

Makar is a co-founder and co-director of the Pretrial Justice Clinic. Prior to joining the UB faculty in 2016 Makar was an Open Society Institute Fellow working to reform the bail system in Maryland. As an Open Society Fellow Makar created the Pipeline to Habeas program, which the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender uses to challenge the wrongful pre-trial detention of indigent persons. Makar’s project focused on revitalizing the use of the writ of habeas corpus in the pre-trial context to secure release for her clients.  Makar’s program was used by the Office the Public Defender to obtain the pretrial release of 101 protestors arrested in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

Makar received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Science in Business and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Public Interest Attorney of the Year
Baltimore City Bar Association
2017 Recipient

Selected Publications


Displacing Due Process, Work in progress for the August 2017 submission cycle.

Bail Reform Begins with the Bench, New York Times (2016, November 17).

How the Right to Speedy Trial Can Reduce Mass Pretrial Incarceration, American Criminal Law Review, Georgetown Law (2015)

Your Honor, the Defense Asks for a Meaningful Bail , American Criminal Law Review, Georgetown Law (2015)

Charm City Televised and Dehumanized: How CCTV Bail Reviews Violate Due Process of Law, 45 U. Balt. L.F. 56 (2014) (with Edie Cimino and Natalie Novak).

Symposia & Panels

Maryland Advisory Committee Briefing on Bail Reform, April 25, 2017
United States Commission on Civil Rights

Symposium: Money Bail and Its Role in Mass Incarceration, November 17, 2016
University of Baltimore School of Law
Host and Moderator

Recent Media

UB Law's Pretrial Justice Clinic Tackles Mass Incarceration, The Daily Record (February 9, 2017)

She Spent Five Days In jail Because She Couldn't Come Up with $1,000, The Washington Post (December 27, 2016)

Justice By Algorithm, City Lab from The Atlantic (December 8, 2016)

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Recorded Saying Why She Set High Bail, The Baltimore Sun (Cover story, October 26, 2016)

Featured in the ABA Journal, "Court Systems Rethink the Use of Financial Bail," April 2016 

Guest on First Edition, WEAA 

Guest on the Marc Steiner Show, WEAA 

Quoted in The Baltimore Sun 

Quoted in City Paper 

Guest on the Marc Steiner Show, WEAA 

Guest on Midday with Dan Rodricks, WYPR 

Featured in The Daily Record, "Using habeas corpus to challenge pretrial detention," Dec. 4, 2014