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Michael Pinard

Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law and Co-Director, Clinical Law Program

University of Maryland


Michael Pinard is the co-director of the Clinical Law Program at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law. For a decade, he has taught the Reentry/Criminal Records Clinic. He and his students have worked with people attempting to overcome barriers related to their criminal records and currently work on legislative and policy efforts that aim to reduce these barriers. He also co-teaches a new School-to-Prison Pipeline Legal Theory and Practice course. Pinard has published several law review articles and op-eds on the criminal process, criminal defense lawyering, race and criminal justice, and the interconnections between the reentry of people with criminal records and the collateral consequences of criminal convictions. His most recent article is Poor, Black and “Wanted:” Criminal Justice in Ferguson and Baltimore. In 2011, Pinard was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House for his work on behalf of people with criminal records. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Jobs Opportunities Task Force, the Leadership Council of the Public Justice Center and as co-editor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review

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