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Professor of LawJudge Frederic N. Smalkin
Judge in Residence
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1004

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Pinkham
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 518


LL.M., University of London
J.D., University of Maryland
B.A., Johns Hopkins University

Wikipedia Page for Frederic N. Smalkin

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Law
Legal History
Maritime Law

Frederic N. Smalkin is a retired Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. He was a U.S. Magistrate from 1976 to 1986, when he was appointed a District Judge by President Reagan. He retired from judicial office in 2011.

Judge Smalkin holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (Hons., Phi Beta Kappa) and a J.D. from the University of Maryland (First in Class), with a postgraduate LL.M. from the University of London in Maritime Law. He has taught and lectured for many State, federal, and private institutions over a period of 40 years, including the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Business and Medicine, the University of Virginia Law School, Wilmington College, the FLETC, and the FBI Academy.

Judge Smalkin's military career includes 8 years active duty as a Regular Army officer and appointment as Brigadier General in the Maryland Military Department, assigned as Commanding General of the MDDF (Maryland State Guard). He is a rated instrument pilot.

He has served as Chairman of the Maryland Governor's Emergency Management Commission and is a member of the Governor's Advisory Panel on License Plate Reader technology, as well as Chairman of the Privacy Protection Board of the MCAC (Maryland State-Federal Fusion Center).

Selected Publications

Talks and Presentations

Presentation, Judicial Control of Juries and Just Results in the Common Law System: An Historical Perspective, Conference of the European-American Consortium for Legal Education (EACLE), University of Parma (Italy) (May 2014).