Upcoming Events:


The Law Forum’s spring publication will feature Michael J. DeStefano’s article Baltimore’s Targeted Blight Elimination Program and How It Can Be Improved.  Inspired by this article and the recent deaths of three Baltimore City firefighters in the line of duty, Blight to Betterment intends to bring awareness to non-governmental solutions to blight in Baltimore City that can supplement government intervention through a panel discussion of prominent community actors in the Baltimore area.

The symposium will focus on the various approaches that non-governmental organizations have taken to address blight in our city, including, but not limited to, lending programs, development of affordable housing, code enforcement, vacant land management, and green spaces.  The goal of the symposium is to bring awareness to non-governmental solutions to blight that can supplement governmental intervention and have a meaningful conversation with members of the community.  

Law Forum dedicates the symposium to Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler, and Firefighter Kenny Lacayo, who all died in the line of duty on January 24, 2022, while battling a fire in a vacant rowhome in Baltimore City and extends its sincerest condolences to the Baltimore City Fire Department.  

Our guests include:

Opening and Closing Remarks:
Jules Dunham Howie 
(Jul Enterprises/Upton Planning Committee).

Jalal (“Jay”) Greene 

Guest Speakers:
Bishop Donté Hickman
 (Southern Baptist Church)
Clarence J. Snuggs (Baltimore Community Lending)
Ernst Valery (SAA/EVI and AEQUO Fund)
Steven Preston (Parks & People)
Ellen Janes (Central Baltimore Partnership) 

Below, are two articles that speak on the current Blight issue in Baltimore:
Baltimore’s New Mayor Has a Plan to Deal With Vacant Housing, But is it Bold Enough? 
A Bold Funding Campaign Saves Area 405, a Hub of Art Studios and Workspaces in Baltimore’s Greenmount West Neighborhood 

Please check back with more information to follow, soon!


Past Events:

On Thursday February 4, 2021 at 6:00PM, the University of Baltimore Law Forum, in partnership with the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), hosted its symposium, HBCUs v. Maryland: Is There a Solution in Sight? 

Watch the recording of the event below:

All Past Events

  • February 2021, HBCUs v. Maryland: Is There a Solution in Sight?
  • October 2020, Trial Advocacy: The Art of Storytelling.
  • September 2020, Coronavirus and its Impact on Voting Rights – Will 2020 Elections be Safe and Fair?
  • February 2020, The City Charter: Does it Work for 21st Century Baltimore?

Watch the recording of Trial Advocacy: The Art of Storytelling.