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Law Professor: Does Anybody Want to Return to the Days of the 'Never Ending' Special Prosecutor?

Charles Tiefer, professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law, tells CBS News that "nobody can want" to return to the days of a special prosecutor investigating the executive branch for months or years at a time. Tiefer testified at a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing on July 30, concerning allegations that IRS officials acted against certain political groups.

The hearing considered whether the committee should appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS for allegedly targeting certain political groups and organizations. In addition to his written statement, Tiefer was one of only three witnesses to appear before the committee.

Read the CBS News coverage.

Learn more about Tiefer and the UB School of Law.

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Local High School Students Complete UB's College Readiness Program

A group of 40 high school students from throughout Baltimore will celebrate their completion of the University of Baltimore's College Readiness Academy with a series of presentations on Friday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. The group will share their recommendations for developing a college-going culture in local high schools, and offer insights into what they've learned during the six-week experience provided by the academy.

The group of 40 students—all from Baltimore public high schools and area independent schools—engaged in the College Readiness Academy to develop content knowledge and college success skills in anticipation of an opportunity to dually enroll at UB while still in high school. This summer, UB served as a Mayor's Office of Employment Development YouthWorks jobsite, offering students the added bonus of being paid for participation in the academy.

At the Aug. 1 event, guests will learn more about the College Readiness Academy and UB's dual enrollment strategy, and how the institution supports participating students as they transition into a year of taking both college and high school classes.

For additional information about this event, contact Khalilah Harris, manager of College Readiness & Dual Enrollment programs, in the Office of the Provost, at 410.837.5651 or kharris@ubalt.edu. Follow the event with live tweeting from students and guests @UBCollegeReady, #UBCollegeReady #UBalt.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Law Professor to Testify at House Hearing on IRS Targeting

Charles Tiefer, professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law, will testify at a House Committee on the Judiciary hearing on Wednesday, July 30, concerning alleged improprieties of IRS officials acting against political groups. Tiefer served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for 11 years prior to joining the UB law faculty in 1995.

The hearing concerns whether the committee should appoint a special counsel to investigate the IRS for allegedly targeting certain political groups and organizations. In addition to his written statement, Tiefer will be one of only three witnesses to appear before the committee.

The hearing will be streamed live on the House's website.

Learn more about Tiefer and the UB School of Law.

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University of Baltimore Law Professor Helps Exonerate Texas Man Convicted of Rape

Colin Starger, a professor in the University of Baltimore School of Law, was part of a team whose research resulted in the July 25 exoneration of a Texas man who was falsely convicted of rape in 1990. Michael Phillips spent 12 years in prison, plus an additional six months for failing to report as a sex offender.

Phillips, who is black, pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old white girl at the Dallas motel where they both lived. The victim picked Phillips out of a photo lineup. Though Phillips proclaimed his innocence, his lawyer persuaded him to plead guilty rather than to risk conviction at trial.

The exoneration is the first of its kind in the United States, as Phillips, now 57, never requested DNA testing to prove his innocence. The DNA information came to light during an ongoing investigation into untested sexual-assault kits by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins.

Prof. Starger helped with the investigation, working without compensation under the supervision of the Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit to test unexamined sexual assault evidence taken from the victim after the 1990 rape. Samuel Gross, professor of law at the University of Michigan and the editor of the National Registry of Exonerations, also worked on the project.

In a news release, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said: "Professor Colin Starger of the University of Baltimore School of Law … worked tirelessly on the project to review these untested sexual assault kits."

Phillips is the 34th person to be exonerated by the work of the Dallas DA's Conviction Integrity Unit.

From 2003 to 2007, Starger worked as a staff attorney at the Innocence Project at Cardozo Law School. At the Innocence Project, Starger was lead counsel on four DNA exonerations, including one from Oklahoma's death row.

When it was established that the DNA in the victim's rape kit did not match Phillips' genetic profile, the DNA sample was uploaded to the FBI's Combined DNA Index System—and matched that of a man who had also lived in the Dallas motel at the time of the rape. Like Phillips, he was black.

Phillips, who was released from prison in 2002, is unemployed and lives in a nursing home; he suffers from sickle cell anemia. According to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, the State of Texas will pay an exonerated prisoner $80,000 for each year of a wrongful conviction.

Read USA Today's coverage of the exoneration.

Read the announcement from the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.

Read coverage of the exoneration, including comments from Starger, in the Dallas Morning News.

Learn more about Colin Starger.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.

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Baltimore Data Day, July 25

Many of the region's top experts in data analysis and public accessibility will attend the 5th annual Baltimore Data Day, to be held at the University of Baltimore on Friday, July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, home of the Merrick School of Business, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The event is hosted by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute.

Baltimore Data Day is a gathering of community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded "hackers" come together to analyze the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools, and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change.

The presentations and analysis of data—vital information about neighborhoods, housing stock, education, economy, sustainability, and so on—has become the key to understanding what drives our communities, what our challenges are and where the solutions live. Meta-analysis—the compounding and interpretation of data sets to build richer, more robust portraits of communities—has become an essential task for public officials, community leaders and agents of change from both the public and private sectors.

At Baltimore Data Day, experts in both data and communities will gather to compare notes, contrast their findings, and find new ways to work together to provide an even greater understanding of our city.

Learn more about the event at BNIA-JFI's website.

 

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UB College Readiness Academy Closing Ceremony

Join the team from University of Baltimore's college readiness programs in the Office of the Provost to celebrate the completion of this summer's College Readiness Academy. The 40 participating high school students will share presentations about their recommendations for developing college going cultures at their schools and offer insights into what they've learned during this six-week experience. Help us to offer students encouragement as they begin their college careers by dually enrolling at UB while still enrolled in high school!

RSVP Here: http://UBCollegeReadiness.Eventbrite.com

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College of Arts and Sciences Information Session

At this information session, the College of Arts and Sciences will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session with graduate program directors and advisers. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our programs, the application process and graduate student life.

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UB/Towson MBA Information Session

Thinking about enrolling in our MBA? Need to know more? Here's a chance to ask questions and gain some insights, during our Towson University Information Session on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Join Ron Desi, the UB/Towson program director, and our admissions staff as they show you how to build your MBA to complement your professional goals.

Location: Towson University Minnegan Room at Johnny Unitas Stadium

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Transfer Admission, Advising and Registration Day

Transfer applicants (with 24 or more college-level credits) may complete an application and receive an instant admission decision. Applicants must bring official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended. If admitted, students will be advised and registered for classes all in the same day.

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Incoming Law Student (Day Division) On-Campus Orientation

Nuts and Bolts - On campus orientation for Day Law Students
Build your toolkit with administrative, professional and academic tools for the  semester ahead.