Law Forum Symposium: Recent Developments in Maryland Lawmaking

John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Moot Court

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

  • Delegate Sandy Rosenberg
  • Hon. Shannon Avery
  • Aaron Merki, CEO Free State Legal Project
  • David Rocah, Maryland ACLU

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

  • Paul DeWolfe, Public Defender
  • Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia
  • Senator Brian Frosh 
  • Hon.  Alan Wilner

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

  • Delegate Jon Cardin
  • Gerard Evans, Consultant
  • Chairman Joseph F. Vallario, Jr.
  • David Stamper, Deputy Legislative Officer, Office of the Governor

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request 10 days prior to a campus event and 30 days prior to an event requiring travel.

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