Telephone: (410) 837-4468


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The University of Baltimore School of Law has a past rooted in a commitment to provide broad access to an excellent legal education. Founded in 1925 as a private college, it became a public institution in 1975 and a member of the University System of Maryland in 1988. Its location in the heart of the city‚??s cultural center is convenient not only to state and federal courts and the business district but also to the attractions of Harborplace and Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the many museums and theatres located in Baltimore. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The full-time division enrolls approximately three-fourths of the approximately 1,000 students in the J.D. program. The part-time program is approximately 90% evening and 10% day students and provides the opportunity for a legal education to individuals who cannot attend fulltime. Approximately one-half of the student body is comprised of women, and about 20% are members of minority groups. Joint degree programs offered include the J.D./M.B.A., J.D./ M.P.A., J.D./M.S. in Criminal Justice, J.D./M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management, and J.D./Ph.D. in Policy Science. The faculty conducts a summer program on international and comparative law in Aberdeen, Scotland. This program is taught in conjunction with faculty of the University of Aberdeen and the University of Maryland Law School. The University of Baltimore also offers the Haifa Summer Law Institute in Haifa, Israel. A winter program is offered in Curacao, in conjunction with Hofstra University Law School and University of Erasmus, Rotterdam Law School. Baltimore also offers a widely-recognized Graduate Tax Program leading to the LL.M. in Taxation and a LL.M. in the Law of the United States for students from abroad who already hold a degree in law.


The University of Baltimore School of Law has an innovative curriculum designed to continue its tradition and follow the ABA MacCrate Report‚??s recommendation to better prepare students for the transition from law school to the practice of law and for law related careers. The curriculum contains a strong mix of the traditional and the innovative, including numerous course offerings in such expanding fields as environmental law, international law and intellectual property. The curriculum also requires students to be exposed to courses on the perspective of the law, legal skills and legal writing skills. An extensive range of courses enables students to develop the essential lawyering skills they will employ daily in the practice of law. The Legal Clinics offer upper-level students an opportunity to develop their litigation, negotiating, transactional and counseling skills by representing low-income clients under the supervision of members of the faculty. An internship program, also directed by members of the faculty, enables students to work in a variety of legal settings under the direct supervision of members of the bar and judiciary. A broad array of simulation skills courses, including planning and drafting courses, mediation and litigation skills courses such as Trial Advocacy, Mediation Skills and Litigation Process, also are available. The School of Law is also the home to three centers: the Center for International and Comparative Law, the Snyder Center for Litigation Skills and the Center for Families, Children and the Courts. Students produce a respected law review, specialized journals of environmental and intellectual property law, and a periodical devoted to analyzing developing trends in the law.


In their second and third year (third and fourth year for evening students) a student may combine traditional substantive courses with courses required for recognition of a concentration in a particular area of the law. The option to earn recognition as having concentrated in a particular area of the law will involve the student in a sequence of courses of increasing depth and assist the student in developing more complex professional skills. It is not intended to make the student a 9 specialist 9 in specific areas. The University of Baltimore School of Law will recognize students as having concentrated in one or two of the following areas: Business Law, Criminal Practice, Estate Planning, Family Law, Intellectual Property, International and Comparative Law, Litigation and Advocacy, Public and Governmental Service, and Real Estate Practice.


Students are required to choose at least one perspective course from among those offered so that they get a broader view of the law and how it interacts with other disciplines. There is an upper-level requirement that each student produce two written works.


University of Baltimore Law School has approximately fifty full-time faculty members, and they teach all of required courses both the day and evening. Each year, the full-time faculty are joined by one or more outstanding visiting professors a Distinguished Attorney In-Residence and a Judge In-Residence as well as a fine adjunct faculty that includes some of the foremost practicing attorneys, judges and government officials in Maryland.


Students are assisted by a dedicated and supportive law school staff, including a comprehensive Career Services Office and Office of Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs advises students and works with the school‚??s large and active group of student organizations. For the 2007 graduating class, the total employment rate six months after graduation was over 93 percent. Graduates can be found in all types of legal jobs including prestigious judicial clerkships, private firms, the corporate sector, and all levels of the state and federal government.


The Law Library offers an extensive collection of primary and secondary materials on Anglo-American law, with a strong complement of international materials. There are two large microcomputer laboratories that provide access to the two computer-assisted legal research systems (LEXIS and WESTLAW), computer-assisted legal instruction, word processing systems and other software.


Alumni of the University of Baltimore School of Law are prominent in the legal, governmental and business communities of Maryland and the Middle-Atlantic area, and throughout the United States. In Maryland, U of B law graduates have recently served or are serving as governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Alumni also include many members of the legislature and judges at every level of the Maryland judiciary.


The School of Law is housed in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center. The four-story building encompasses the Law Library; classrooms; faculty, administrative and student offices, lounges and moot courtrooms. The Clinical Law Program occupy two attractive facilities nearby containing offices for interviewing clients, a library, student work areas and computers, faculty offices and a classroom. A new building is planned for the school of law to open in 2012.


Dean: Phillip Closius (410) 837-4458

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Jane C. Murphy (410) 837-5657

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration: Stephen L. Wilson (410) 837-4414

Director, Law Library: Will R. Tress (410) 837-4566

Director, Clinical Education: Robert Rubinson (410) 837-5657




PHILLIP J. CLOSIUS, (Law Professor), born Floral Park, New York; admitted to bar, 1975, New York. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1972); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Constitutional Law.


JOSE F. ANDERSON, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1984, Maryland. Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984). COURSES: Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I, Litigation Process, Recent Supreme Court Decision, Advanced Trial Advocacy.


BARBARA A. BABB, (Law Professor), born 1951; admitted to bar, 1982, New York; 1988, Maryland. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1973); Cornell University (M.S., 1978; J.D., 1981). COURSES: Child and the Family, Family Law, CFCC Student Fellows Program.


KEITH STUART BLAIR, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, New York, Georgia; 1995, District of Columbia; 2005, Maryland. Education: Andrews University (B.S., 1982); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Tax Clinic.


RICHARD W. BOURNE, (Law Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Virginia. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1964); University of Virginia (LL.B., 1968); Harvard University (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Remedies, Professional Responsibility.


FRED B. BROWN, (Law Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, New Jersey. Education: Rutgers University (B.S., 1982); Georgetown University (J.D., 1985); New York University (LL.M., 1986). COURSES: Business Organizations, Foreign Taxation, Fundamentals of Federal Income Tax II, Tax Clinic.


KIMBERLY N. BROWN, (Law Professor), born Buffalo, New York, September 4, 1968; admitted to bar, District of Columbia; California. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1990); Leo Marchutz School of Art; University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, 1993). COURSES: ILS Civil Procedure, Federal Courts. Email: kbrown @


GILDA DANIELS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1993, Georgia; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: Grambling State University (B.A., 1987); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Civil Procedure.


GLORIA DANZINGER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania. Education: London University Kings College (B.A., 1976); Oxford University St. Hugh‚??s College (M.Phil); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1986).


STEVEN A.G. DAVISON, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Colorado. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1968); Yale University (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Environmental Law, Environmental and Toxic Torts, International Environmental Law.


AMY DILLARD, (Law Professor), born Greer, South Carolina, March 6, 1967; admitted to bar, 1991, Virginia. Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1988); Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Torts, Criminal Procedure.


ERIC EASTON, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1989, Maryland. Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1968); University of Maryland (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Communications Law, Cyberspace Law Seminar, Introduction to Lawyering Skills, Torts.


GARRETT EPPS, (Law Professor), born Richmond, Virginia, April 6, 1950; admitted to bar, 1995, Oregon. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1972); Hollins College (M.A., 1975); Duke University (J.D., 1991; LL.M., 1994). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Creative Writing.


WILLIAM T. FRYER, III, (Law Professor), born 1933; admitted to bar, 1960, Maryland; 1961, District of Columbia; 1963, Texas; 1967, Ohio; 1978, South Dakota. Education: Lafayette College (B.S.E.E., 1955); George Washington University (J.D., 1960). COURSES: Business Planning, Patent, Trademark and Technology Law, Seminar in Patent, Copyright and Trademark Law.


WENDY GERZOG, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, District of Columbia and Ohio. Education: Clark University (B.A., 1968); Assumption College (M.A., 1971); University of Akron (J.D., 1976); George Washington University (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Federal Income Tax, Seminar in Tax Policy, Elder Law, Writing for the Bar, Estate Planning.


MICHELE ESTRIN GILMAN, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., September 18, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, Maryland. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1990); University of Michigan (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Administration Law, Evidence, Civil Advocacy Clinic.


LEIGH GOODMARK, (Law Professor), born West Palm Beach, Florida, September 1, 1969; admitted to bar, 1994, California; 1995, District of Columbia; 2003, Maryland. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1991); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Family Law Clinic I & II, Family Law.


NIENKE GROSSMAN, (Law Professor), born Utrecht, Holland, October 27, 1977; admitted to bar, 2004, Virginia; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia; District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: Harvard College (A.B., cum laude, 1999); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2004); Georgetown University (LL.M., 2009). COURSES: International Law, International Environmental Law. Email: ngrossman @


STEVEN P. GROSSMAN, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, New York. Education: City College of New York (B.A., 1969); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1973); New York University (LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Constitutional Criminal Procedure I, Sentencing and Plea Bargaining, Trial Advocacy.


DANIEL L. HATCHER, (Law Professor), born Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 16, 1967; admitted to bar, 1996, Indiana; 1998 Maryland. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A, 1991); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Civil Advocacy Clinic, Poverty Law, Healthcare Law.


MICHAEL HAYES, (Law Professor), born 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1990, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1985); University of Virginia (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Collective Bargaining, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law.


F. MICHAEL HIGGINBOTHAM, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois; 1984, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1979); Yale University (J.D., 1982); Cambridge University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Race and the Law.


GILBERT A. HOLMES, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1973, New York. Education: Bucknell University (B.A., 1969); New York University (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Family Law, Children and The Constitution Seminar.


WILLIAM R. HUBBARD, (Law Professor), Education: Dartmouth College (B.A., 1997); Yale University Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Property, Contracts, Torts. Email: whubbard @


MARGARET E. JOHNSON, (Law Professor), born Royal Oak, Michigan, March 11, 1966; admitted to bar, 1993, Wisconsin; 1996, Massachusetts; 1997, District of Columbia. Education: Dartmouth College (B.A., 1987); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Family Law Clinic.


KIA JOHNSON DENNIS, (Law Professor), born Lanham, Maryland, February 28, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, New York; 2007, District of Columbia. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 2001); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2004). COURSES: Community Development Clinic.


CASSANDRA N. JONES-HAVARD, (Law Professor), born Tuskegee, Alabama, June 16; admitted to bar, 1982, Pennsylvania. Education: Bennett College (B.A., 1978); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Banking Law Workshop, Business Organizations.


LAURENCE M. KATZ, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1963, Florida and Maryland. Education: University of Maryland (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Contracts I & II, Commercial Law.


JAMES KELLY, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., May 20, 1966; admitted to bar, 1995, New York; 1997, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1987); Columbia University (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Community Development Clinic.


DIONNE L. KOLLER, (Law Professor), born Skokie, Illinois, January 27, 1969; admitted to bar, 1993, Virginia; 1995, District of Columbia. Education: University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1990); George Washington University (M.A., 2001; J.D., 1993). COURSES: Legal Writing, Torts, Sports and the Law.


REBECCA KORZEC, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1972, Maryland. Education: Goucher College (B.A., 1969); Temple University (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Sales and Leases, Products Liability, Gender and the Law Seminar.


ROBERT H. LANDE, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1974); Harvard University (M.P.P., J.D., 1978). COURSES: Antitrust, Torts, Law and Economics.


KENNETH LASSON, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, Maryland. Education: Johns Hopkins University (A.B., 1963; M.A., 1967); University of Maryland (J.D., 1966). COURSES: Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop, Seminar in Civil Liberties, International Human Rights.


MATTHEW J. LINDSAY, (Law Professor), born 1970; Education: University of California, Irvine (B.A., 1993); University of Chicago (M.A., 1995); Yale University Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: ILS Torts, American Legal History. Email: mlindsay @


JOHN A. LYNCH, JR., (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia. Education: St. Anselm‚??s College (A.B., 1971); George Washington University (J.D., 1974; LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Income Tax, Conflict of Laws.


JAMES R. MAXEINER, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, September 7, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Missouri; 1978, District of Columbia; 1979, Illinois; 1983, New York. Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1974); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1977); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1981); Ludwig Maximillians University (Dr. Jur., 1986). COURSES: International and Comparative Law, International Business Transactions.


AUDREY G. MCFARLANE, (Law Professor), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges (A.B., 1986); Stanford University (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Local Economic Development Seminar, Land Use, Local Government Law, Property.


LYNN MCLAIN, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Maryland. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1971); Duke University (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Copyright and the Arts, Evidence, Evidence Law Reform.


MICHAEL I. MEYERSON, (Law Professor), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, New York. Education: Hampshire College (B.A. 1976); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1979). COURSES: American Legal History Seminar, Constitutional Law, Contracts.


NANCY M. MODESITT, (Law Professor), born Englewood, Colorado, August 4, 1971; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia; 1998, Connecticut. Education: Drew University (B.A., 1993); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Torts, Introduction to Lawyering Skills, Employment Law.


JANE C. MURPHY, (Law Professor), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, New York; 1981, District of Columbia; 1984, Maryland. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1975); New York University (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Family Mediation Theory and Practice, Family Mediation Clinic, Family Law.


ODEANA R. NEAL, (Law Professor), born 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts and District of Columbia. Education: Harvard-Radcliffe College (A.B., 1983); Harvard University (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Juvenile Justice, International Human Rights Seminar.


MAX OPPENHEIMER, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, June 10, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Maryland. Education: Princeton University (B.S., 1969); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Business Organizations, Pharmaceutical Law, Patents, Trademarks and Technology, Entertainment Law Workshop.


CHRISTOPHER J. PETERS, (Law Professor), born December 27, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, Illinois. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1989); University of Michigan (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law. Email: cpeters @


ARNOLD ROCHVARG, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1976, District of Columbia; 1980, Florida; 1992, Maryland. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1973); George Washington University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Administrative Law, Maryland Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility.


ROBERT J. RUBINSON, (Law Professor), born 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1984); New York University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Civil Advocacy Clinic, Mediation Skills, Family Mediation Theory and Practice, Family Mediation Clinic.


ELIZABETH J. SAMUELS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Alabama. Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1975); University of Chicago (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Property, Supreme Court Seminar, Adoption Law Seminar.


JANE E. SCHUKOSKE, (Law Professor), born Middletown, Connecticut, July 23, 1951; admitted to bar, 1978, Virginia; 1987, District of Columbia; 1989, Maryland. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1973); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1977); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: Introduction to Law of the United States, Law and Social Reform, Community Development Claims, Contracts. Email: jschkoske @


WALTER D. SCHWIDETZKY, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, Colorado. Education: University of Denver (B.A., 1974; M.B.A., 1978; J.D., 1978; LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Corporate Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Federal Income Tax.


WENDY M. SEIDEN, (Law Professor), born Illinois, April 14; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1989); Harvard University (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Family Law Clinic, Mediation Clinic.


MORTIMER SELLERS, (Law Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; 1990, Maryland and District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1980; J.D., 1988); Oxford University (B.C.L., D.Phil., 1986). COURSES: International Law, Jurisprudence.


CHARLES B. SHAFER, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1979, New York; 1992, Maryland. Education: Marietta College (B.A., 1967); Rutgers University, Newark (J.D., 1978); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1984). COURSES: Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Debtor-Creditor Relations, Seminar on Law and Social Reform.


STEPHEN J. SHAPIRO, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania; 1977, Ohio; 1985, Maryland. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1971); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Evidence, Constitutional Litigation.


AMY E. SLOAN, (Law Professor), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1993, Pennsylvania; 1994, District of Columbia. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1985); George Washington University (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Torts, Introduction to Lawyering Skills.


FREDERIC SMALKIN, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, May 21, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, Maryland. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1968); University of Maryland (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Evidence, Commercial Law.


CLAIRE A. SMEARMAN, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, June 22, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, Maryland Court of Appeals; 1983, U.S. District Court for Maryland; 2005, District of Columbia. Education: Towson State University (B.A., 1978); University of Maryland (J.D., 1982). COURSES: International Women‚??s Human Rights, Immigrant Rights Clinic.


JOHN B. SNYDER, III, (Law Professor), born Brookfield, Wisconsin, November 24, 1975; admitted to bar, 2000, Virginia. Education: University of New Mexico (B.A., 1997); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Tax Clinic.


DONALD H. STONE, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Virginia; 1990, Maryland. Education: Rutgers College (B.A., 1974); Temple University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Practice Clinic, Disability Law Clinic, Law and Disabilities Seminar.


CHARLES TIEFER, (Law Professor), born 1954; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1974); Harvard University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Contracts, Government Contract Seminar, Legislation Workshop.


WILL TRESS, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, November 6, 1944; admitted to bar, 1984, Maryland. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1967); Columbia University-Library Science (MLS, 1974); University of Maryland (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: wtress @


ANGELA M. VALLARIO, (Law Professor), born 1961; admitted to bar, 1991, Maryland. Education: University of Florida (B.S.A., 1985); University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1991); Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M., 1995). COURSES: Trusts and Estates, Planning for Families and Seniors.


BYRON L. WARNKEN, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1977, Maryland. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1968); University of Baltimore (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Law, Constitutional Criminal Procedure I & II, Judicial Internship Program.


BARBARA ANN WHITE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, Maryland. Education: Hunter College (B.A.); Cornell University (Ph.D., 1980); State University of New York (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Advanced Business Organizations, Business Organizations, Securities Regulation.


ERIKA K. WOODS, (Law Professor), born San Louis Obispo, California, December 6, 1977; admitted to bar, 2003, California; 2007, District of Columbia. Education: University of Southern California (B.S., Public Policy, 2000); University of California Los Angeles School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Civil Advocacy Clinic. Email: ewoods @