University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Garrett Epps, writing in The Atlantic, concludes that any semblance of a state-sanctioned system of "capital punishment" is, in reality, ad hoc and not humane. Epps writes as the Supreme Court is considering the "cruel and unusual punishment" threshold in two death-penalty cases.
A University of Baltimore School of Law faculty member, Prof. Kim Wehle, will be joined by her University of Maryland School of Law colleague, Prof. Max Stearns, for an impromptu panel and Q&A on last week's Kavanaugh hearings today at noon.
Registration is still open for "The Supreme Court and American Politics," an eight-week, self-paced examination of the causes and effects of politics on the nation's top legal institution. The course, hosted by the University of Baltimore School of Law and edX—a premier provider of massive online open courses (MOOCs)—begins Sept. 30. Available entirely online at no cost, the course is hosted by Lyle Denniston, longtime Supreme Court reporter, unofficial dean emeritus of the Supreme Court press corps and UB's Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Academic Transformation in the University’s Bank of America Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology.
In an op-ed in The Hill, University of Baltimore School of Law Professor Kimberly Wehle reacts to the recent news that White House staff have considered invoking the 25th Amendment to have President Donald Trump removed from office. The amendment may be effective, Wehle writes, but "impeachment remains the best bet for addressing fatal problems with an incumbent presidency."
On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the University of Baltimore School of Law will host a panel discussion with Professors Garrett Epps, Michael Higginbotham, and Kimberly Wehle, and moderated by Dean Ronald Weich. The topic, "Trump * Mueller * Kavanaugh: The Constitutional Landscape Ahead," will consider what may result from the policies and actions of the current administration.