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King v. Maryland

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On Friday, November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court announced that it would review Maryland v. King this year, and in the process rule on the constitutionality of the state’s controversial DNA collection law, which allowed police to obtain a DNA sample from arrestees suspected of violent crimes or burglary for comparison against the state’s database before they are found guilty of the underlying crime.

The case has been a source of debate since the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling, and was the subject of the University of Baltimore’s journal write-on competition this past summer. The winning case note for the 2012 academic year, authored by incoming Law Review  Editor in Chief John Baber, analyzes the Maryland high court’s decision as we await word from the Supreme Court:

Case Note by John Baber


Announcing Our New Endeavor!

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The first issue of the University of Baltimore Law Review was published in Winter 1971.  Volume 1 Issue 1 contained three student notes, several book reviews, and an article by then-Attorney General Francis B. Burch, an incredible achievement even for eleven ambitious evening students.

The journal has come a long way since that time.  Four decades after the publication of our first issue, with a staff of more than seventy students, we still aspire to the high standard set by the classes before us.  In 2011-12, the Volume 41 Executive Board began publishing four issues a year and using an entirely digital production process, eliminating a paper-based process that had existed for forty years. It is therefore with an emphatic nod to our journal’s past that we announce this new endeavor, a student-run website that will offer an outlet for the timely publication of editorials, commentary, and legal scholarship for the Law Review staff and the local legal community as a whole.

While much remains to be decided about the scope and breadth of the online version of our journal, we hope our readers will enjoy the additional content and look forward to seeing our online presence evolve as future classes build upon it.

The Volume 42 Executive Board