Saturday, April 03, 2010

Stand Up for Academic Freedom - An Update

By Marc Korman.

Previously, I wrote about an effort in the General Assembly to restrict University of Maryland funds due to the law school's clinics. After negotiations among many legislators, a compromise amendment was adopted to the budget by voice vote. The amendment removes funding restrictions for the University but still has reporting requirements for the law school. Not everyone I spoke with around the law school was happy with the compromise, though it was certainly better than the funding restriction version. The issue will be settled when the House and Senate convene a conference to iron out differences in their versions of the budget. However, there are indications the Senate was comfortable with the House compromise.

Disclosure: Until May 21st, I am student at the University of Maryland School of Law.