Mini Law School

Dates:April 10-11, 2021
Meets:Sa 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM and Su from 1:30 PM to 4:45 PM, 2 sessions
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:Instructor Information
Fee: $105.00

Sat., Apr. 10, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. EST Sun. Apr. 11, 1:30 p.m.- 4:45 p.m. EST

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Course Description

Saturday Morning, Sunday Afternoon Seminar

Mark Croatti, Program Moderator

Odyssey presents four case studies involving controversial issues and the highly influential-and widely disputed-court decisions that followed. Case topics include peremptory challenge-using race as a jury selection factor; how English Common Law evolved; information collected without a search warrant; and how technology collects modern evidence, such as DNA samples and cell phone records. Who were the parties and what was at stake? What were the major points and why did the courts rule accordingly? How have these decisions affected similar disputes and are they the final word on these topics? Join us to discover the surprising foundations of modern U.S. case law!

Saturday, April 10, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Batson v. Kentucky (1986).

In 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court made a radical departure from centuries of jury selection tradition: For the first time, the court permitted an inquiry into whether race was used as a factor, when a prosecutor removed some perspective jurors from serving, using what is known as a "peremptory challenge." Trials would never be quite the same. Today, every jury trial in the country is affected by this groundbreaking decision, and the cases that soon followed. From O.J. Simpson to America's biggest corporate lawsuits, Batson has forever altered the landscape of justice and spawned much controversy. Learn how a well-intentioned idea to promote fairness has altered one of our great civic institutions and raised questions about whether "equal protection of the law" can really help fix any of the problems it set out to cure. Jose Anderson, J.D., University of Maryland, is a Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he directs the Litigation Skills Programs. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1992-93, he served as a Special Assistant Public Defender in the Maryland State Public Defender's Office after serving as a Supervising Attorney and Assistant Public Defender. His fields of expertise include Criminal Law and Procedure and the Litigation Process.

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Lord Mansfield & the Common Law (1756 - 1788).

English Common Law is an evolving history that began before the Norman Conquest and is still ongoing in England, Wales, most former colonies, and other places influenced by English law, including the United States. William Murray, Chief Justice of the Court of King's Bench from 1756-1788, is widely considered to have been the judge whose decisions had the strongest influence upon the shaping of English Common Law. Although Murray was from nobility, he was not a first son and thus not a peer in his own right. He was raised to the peerage as an Earl twice, once in 1776 and another in 1792. Thus, Murray died as "Earl of Mansfield" and "Earl of Mansfield." (You will find out why he had two Earldoms; it doesn't happen often!) Frederic N. Smalkin, J.D., University of Maryland, LL.M., University of London (and B.A., Johns Hopkins), is Jurist-in-Residence and Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a retired Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Sunday, April 11, 1:30-3:00 p.m., United States v. Jones (2012) and Carpenter v. United States (2018).

Both of these criminal cases challenge, on 4th Amendment grounds, the use of information collected without a search warrant. Jones involved information collected through the attaching of a GPS tracker to an automobile, while Carpenter involved the collection of cellular phone information without a search warrant. Daria Zane, J.D., The George Washington University Law School, is a Staff Attorney at the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She previously served as a Special Master for the Court of Federal Claims, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

3:15-4:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. State of Maryland v. Deshaune Darnell Darling (2016).

A decomposing body was found in rural Dorchester County. The victim, who was lured to a remote location and then kidnapped and beaten before ultimately murdered, had been an informant in Delaware providing assistance in a drug investigation targeting Darling. It was theorized that the murder was in retaliation for that cooperation and to prevent the victim's harmful testimony. The evidence in the case relied heavily on forensic pathology, handwriting analysis, fingerprint comparison, video surveillance systems, familial DNA, and cell tower mapping by the FBI. During the trial, the State produced 28 witnesses and 85 exhibits. William H. Jones, J.D., is a 1998 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and has served as an adjunct professor there since 2012, covering Forensic Evidence and Trial Advocacy. His teaching also includes training new prosecutors in Trial Advocacy for the Maryland State's Attorneys Association and courses in the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies programs at Chesapeake College from 1994 to 2013. He currently serves as the State's Attorney for Dorchester County, a position he has held for 13 years. Prior to that, he engaged in the private practice of law, focusing on transactional matters. He has also served as an Assistant Public Defender.