Reflecting a commitment to supporting Baltimore’s citizens
Dean Ronald Weich, UB School of Law
From the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center’s various lofty terraces and even from the interior of the all-glass facade, it offers shifting, striking views of the city that surrounds it, a reflection of the UB School of Law’s commitment to Baltimore.
“We are intimately involved with the community,” Dean Ronald Weich says. “We provide legal services to underserved communities through our clinics. Also, our students obtain legal externships with a wide variety of community organizations.”
The building, which opened in April with the help of more than $22 million in donor funding, has brought the law school’s eight legal clinics—once tucked several blocks away from the main building—under the same roof as are its classrooms, library and other critical elements. The clinics provide opportunities for students to be sworn in and to represent clients under the supervision of world-class clinical faculty.
“They are now fully incorporated into the life of the law school,” Weich says of the clinics, which focus on civil advocacy, community development, criminal practice, disability law, family law, mediation services for families, immigrant rights and more. “Ours is a symbiotic relationship with the community, and we are helping the community and the neighborhood become more vibrant. There is a wonderful shared interest in growing and improving.”