Customize Your Legal Education with UBalt Law's Centers
The UBalt School of Law’s centers are designed to help you customize your legal education and allow you to pursue work you’re passionate about while enriching your knowledge of the law. Our centers foster academic leadership, community engagement and advocacy for innovative legal policy.
By participating in a center’s work, you will help effect change in the legal system. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your oral advocacy and writing skills by competing for a spot on one of the law school’s advocacy teams or by joining a student-run journal.
Centers at the UBalt School of Law
Center on Applied Feminism
works to apply the insights of feminist theory to create social change and to reform law. In addition to holding conferences and regular colloquia on emerging legal areas that intersect with feminism, the center sponsors the Special Topics in Applied Feminism course and helps students plan for careers in feminist advocacy.
The center co-sponsored with the UBalt Law Review the 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference: Applied Feminism and #MeToo. The conference mixed activism and scholarship focusing on sexual harassment and gender-based violence law. Sixteen scholars and practitioners presented papers concerning a wide array of legal topics, from sexual assaults during police searches to the credibility of survivors in courtrooms.
The center assisted a student effort to have menstrual products provided free of charge throughout the law building. Center members continued to work with UBalt School of Law students and the Reproductive Justice Inside coalition to create model policies for reproductive health care and menstrual hygiene product access for Maryland correctional facilities.
Center for Criminal Justice Reform
supports community-driven efforts to improve public safety and address the harm and inequity caused by the criminal legal system, bringing together diverse voices and decision-makers to examine how the criminal legal system currently functions, and to collaborate on strategies that promote justice throughout the country and in Baltimore. Launched in January 2022, the center has hosted several impactful events, including “Innocence Isn’t Enough: The Intentionally High Bar to Exoneration,” a panel discussion on racial disparities in prosecution in Baltimore, a panel on juvenile justice reform in Maryland, and a discussion with the author of the investigative report on the Baltimore Police Department’s corrupt Gun Trace Task Force.
The Center for International and Comparative Law studies human rights, democratic institutions, international trade, international courts and the legal basis of international relations. It also sponsors learning opportunities involving a broad range of international law topics for students, staff and faculty at the law school. The center houses the Secretariat of the American Society of Comparative Law and directs the publication of its book series, ASCL Studies in Comparative Law. The center also directs the publication of the series ASIL Studies in International Legal Theory for the American Society of International Law.
Center members engaged in public outreach activities, including panels involving comparative perspectives on the #MeToo movement, feminist approaches to international adjudication, and gender and racial diversity before international courts and tribunals. The center welcomed Richard Verma, former U.S. Ambassador to India, and Monica Pinto, special rapporteur to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as John Sumner Stead lecturers. It also organized a field trip to the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for three law school courses, which involved a simulation on migrant children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Simon Tam performs an acoustic show after discussing his landmark free-speech case before the Supreme Court.
Center for the Law of Intellectual Property and Technology
promotes research, education and legal practice in three intertwined areas of law. One aspect of the center’s focus is intellectual property law, including copyright law, patent law, trade secret law and trademark law. The center also examines and publicizes legal issues stemming from the use of cutting-edge technologies. Finally, it supports the use of technology to understand the law.
In September 2019, the center sponsored a lecture and performance by Simon Tam, frontman of The Slants, who fought and won a trademark case in the Supreme Court.
The Center for Sport and the Law sponsors academic symposia, generates scholarship and engages in community partnerships. It provides students with an enhanced understanding of the legal structures and institutions that shape various athletic contexts and offers opportunities for real-world application of their knowledge in the increasingly complex sports industry.
The 12th Annual UBalt Sports Law Symposium, So You Want a Job in Sports Law?, featured talks by prominent football agents Tom Condon, J.D. ’81, and Tony Agnone, J.D. ’78; Nicholas B. Hawkins, J.D. ’15, of Under Armour; and Brandon Etheridge, general counsel of the Baltimore Ravens. Numerous university athletic and NCAA compliance directors and other professional sports officials also spoke and answered student questions.
The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts is a national leader in promoting family law and family court reform that incorporates therapeutic jurisprudence and the ecology of human development. The center is committed to ensure that the family justice system in Maryland, the nation and the world improves the lives of children and families and the health of communities.
The Center’s Truancy Court Program, now in its 15th year, operated in five Baltimore City public schools. Its 11th annual Urban Child Symposium, Housing and the Urban Child: Exploring the Landscape, attracted national scholars and featured a keynote address by Peter Edelman, a professor at Georgetown University. The center also completed a project to develop a model unified family court for Douglas County, Nebraska, and continued to lead the implementation of the nation’s first Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law.