As director of MLAW, I enthusiastically welcome you to MLAW Programs for fall, 2021. After 18 months on-line, we are eager to meet in-person as we all work through the very real uncertainties caused by the Covid Delta Variant. We at MLAW are eager to see you journey through our programs, learning and applying skills to create change using law. These skills include making use of interdisciplinary and critical approaches to law and applying them to real-world situations.
As we engage in-person we will also retain best practices from last year. This includes taking virtual field trips to treasured spots in the country and around the globe. We want to continue to take advantage of being untethered by geographical constraints, and for this reason we will take virtual trips to Amsterdam, San-Francisco, Memphis, and New York City. We will take the Gay Pride Stride in San Fran, a civil rights tour in Memphis, and visit the immigration tenement museum in NYC. And we won’t need our passports to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
MLAW is also proud to introduce several in-person panels this fall, starting with Constitution Day on September 17, noon-2. This event will be virtual, featuring Sandy Levinson’s Undemocratic Constitution. A second event will feature Dean Tobin from Carey Law, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Commissioner Ellen Weintraub from the Federal Elections Commission. Finally, MLAW plans a poetry session at Busboys & Poet, and more including several lunch and learn sessions featuring UMD alumni who have built careers in and around the legal profession.
Among MLAW’s new features are MOOT Court, and new specialty tracks within the Law & Society Minor. We also welcome two full-time faculty and staff. Professor Brian Gilmore has joined MLAW from Michigan State University Law School. Professor Gilmore specializes in housing law and race issues. He hails from Michigan State University where he headed the Housing Law clinic. Professor Gilmore has written extensively on contemporary social and legal topics and has published a recent book of poetry. MLAW is also proud to welcome Dr. Justine DeCamillis to Justice & legal Thought. Dr. DeCamillis is the new Assistant Director of JLT. She has a freshly minted Ph.D. (English) from UMD.
Please come and visit us in person or over zoom. Either way, we are here for you.
Robert Koulish, Ph.D.
Director, MLAW Programs