Practitioner in Residence
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 502
Administrative Assistant: Gloria Joy
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 518
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Baltimore School of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, University of Baltimore
Areas of Expertise
Sales & Leases
Construction and Surety Law
Bar Exam Skills
Sparks has been a member of the UB law faculty since 2011, when she began teaching Commercial Law as an adjunct professor while practicing construction and commercial law. In 2015, she joined the faculty full time as the Practitioner in Residence, maintaining her practice on a part-time basis. She primarily teaches Uniform Commercial Code courses, with the occasional elective in Construction Law. Sparks also serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean for Bar Readiness and, in that capacity, advises students on course selection, bar exam preparation and strategies for success. She was awarded the Outstanding Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member award in April 2014, as well as the James May Faculty Mentoring Award in 2016. Before returning to UB as a faculty member, Sparks taught legal research and writing courses in the paralegal program in the School of Justice at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Author, “The Regression of ‘Good Faith’ in Maryland Commercial Law,” 47 U. Balt. L.F. 17 (2016).
Co-author and co-presenter, “The Surety’s Exposure for Wages and Related Liabilities,” Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference (September 2015).
Co-presenter, “Ethical and Other Considerations When Settling or Pursuing Your Principal’s Claims,” Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association (May 2014).
Author, “Government Balances Costs of Sustainability,” Bar Bulletin, Maryland State Bar Association (April 2012).
Presenter, “Green Construction Contracting Issues,” National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Regional Forum (April 2011).
Co-author, “Is it Public or is it Not? How Privately Financed Construction on Privately Owned Land for Private Uses is Public While Publicly Financed Construction on Publicly Owned Land for Public Uses is Private!” ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (2010), discussing practical issues affecting construction in the private/public overlap, including sovereign immunity, contract disputes, remedies, debarment and suspension.