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Attorney General Candidates Forum

A crowd of nearly 300 people gathered Nov. 7 in historic Westminster Hall to hear the four declared Democratic candidates for Maryland attorney general at a forum sponsored by students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

With no declared Republican candidates in the race, Democratic candidates Aisha Braveboy, Jon Cardin, and C. William Frick--all state delegates--and State Senator Brian Frosh debated topics ranging from how the next attorney general should protect consumers' rights, to what, if any role the Attorney General's Office should play in immigration reform and enforcement.

Ben Smith, a second-year UM Carey Law student and president of the UM Carey Law Class of 2015 moderated the hourlong forum that consisted of six questions solicited from UM Carey students, University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty and staff, and the public.

"Every citizen should be involved in the political process, and that requires being informed," said Smith, who aspires to a career in politics. "We're all going to be participants in the legal field, so finding out how the attorney general plans to affect the legal arena, and getting a feel for the state's chief legal officer, is intimately important to us in our personal careers."

The forum was organized and sponsored by the University Student Government Association, the Class of 2015, the University of Maryland Association of Legislative Law, the Republican Legal Society, and the University of Maryland Law Democrats.

Opening remarks:

Has the Attorney General's Office made the prosecution of environmental crimes a priority? If not, what steps would you take? Do you agree with the U.S. District Court ruling that duplicate programs in historically black institutions and predominately white institutions may have segregative effects? The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the right to public defenders at bail hearings. Do you agree with this? If so, what further legal steps need to be taken? What role should the office of the Attorney General play in immigration reform and enforcement? What steps should the Attorney General take to ensure that consumers are protected? What principles will you employ in managing your personal beliefs and practices as attorney general? Closing remarks:
Posting Date: 11/13/2013
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu