Throwback Thursday: Citizen Journalists & the Right to Gather News.

In 2014, Law Forum published Citizen Journalists & the Right to Gather News: Why Maryland Needs to Acknowledge a First Amendment Right to Record the Police by Kristine L. Dietz (J.D., 2014).

More than half of cell phone users in the United States own a smartphone. The video recording capabilities of smartphones make it possible for users to record anything, almost anywhere, at anytime. This modem technology allows for the immediate transfer and widespread dissemination of footage. Recently, videos of alleged police misconduct have gone viral on the Internet and the police are not happy about it. This increase in citizen journalism has left police officers defensive about their privacy and their ability to do their job without interference.


Throwback Thursday: Commemorative Histories of the Bench and Bar

In Spring 1997, the University of Baltimore Law Forum published an article entitled: Commemorative Histories of the bench and Bar: In Celebration of the Bicentennial of Baltimore City, by the Honorable John Caroll Byrnes (now retired).

In commemoration of the City’s bicentennial, the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and the Law Forum are pleased to offer these excerpts from Commemorative Histories of the Bench and Bar in Celebration of the Bicentennial of Baltimore City, 1797-1997, as a tribute to all of those who helped forge our City’s rich legal heritage. Commemorative Histories should also serve as a reminder to those who are presently involved in the practice, purveyance, or study of the law that their endeavors may one day be recorded by future generations of Baltimore citizens as they reflect upon the accomplishments of their predecessors.

Download and read the article here.

Throwback Thursday: Welfare, Privacy, and Feminism

In March of 2008, the University of Baltimore Law Forum, published this article, entitled: Welfare, Privacy, and Feminism by Professor Michele Estrin Gilman.

Feminism has long been concerned with privacy. Second-wave feminists assailed the divide between the public and the private spheres that trapped women in the home, excluded them from the workforce, and subjected them to domestic abuse. Second-wave feminists also argued in favor of a sphere of privacy that would allow women to make reproductive choices without state interference. These were powerful critiques of existing power structures, but they tended to overlook the experiences of poor women.