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Law Forum Symposium: Recent Developments in Maryland Lawmaking

November 14, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: John and Frances Angelos Law Center Moot Court
Contact Name: Alicia Shelton
Contact Phone: 410-837-4142
Contact E-mail:

Join the Law Forum for a symposium: Recent Developments in Maryland Lawmaking.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and Dean Ronald Weich will give a welcome and introduction at 9:15 a.m.

Voter Referendum | 9:30 -10:30 a.m.
In light of Maryland’s limited use of the voter referendum process, how did same-sex marriage, gambling, and redistricting make it to the ballot in 2012, and once there, how were they campaigned and marketed?  Will voter referendum arise again in the near future?  How will the referendum results affect the Maryland legal community?

Moderator: Associate Dean Victoria Schultz

Adjudication | 10:45 -11:45 a.m.
In recent sessions the Court of Appeals adjudicated controversial issues such as appointed counsel for bail bond hearings, strict liability for pit bull owners, and contributory negligence, amongst others, which have been addressed by the legislature as well.  What do these results tell us about the dynamic relationship between the legislature and judiciary?

Moderator: Professor Byron Warnken

Lunch | noon - 1 p.m.

Implementation | 1-2 p.m.
What does this upcoming year's legislative session hold? What actions are taken to prepare legislation for implementation before passage? How do the legislature and governor's office communicate to achieve successful sessions and how is the resulting legislation implemented?

Moderator: Professor Angela Vallario