Legal Theory and Practice

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Chaz Arnett, JD

Criminal Procedure

Race and Technology


Professor Arnett teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, race and technology, juvenile law, and education law, and his research interests lie at the intersection of race, surveillance, and technology. His scholarship examines the ways in which surveillance measures are used within the criminal justice system, in corrections and policing, and the impact these practices have on historically marginalized groups and vulnerable populations. His research agenda is aimed at highlighting how law and policy pave the way for new technologies, through their design and implementation, to reproduce and entrench legacies of state-sponsored racialized surveillance. Before joining the faculty, Professor Arnett was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a trial attorney with public defender’s offices in Baltimore and New Orleans. As a recipient of the Satter Human Rights Fellowship, he also has worked with the International Center for Transitional Justice on issues of constitutional development in Zimbabwe and on asylum cases for Zimbabwe refugees in South Africa.

Andrew Blair-Stanek, JD


Professor Blair-Stanek is an expert in tax law whose research addresses multinational corporations’ transfers of intellectual property (e.g., patents) to avoid U.S. tax. Separately, he also has considered how to “crisis-proof” tax law against financial crises. Before joining the faculty at the Francis King Carey School of Law, he practiced tax law at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP in Washington, D.C., where his practice included bankruptcy taxation, intellectual property transactions, and international tax planning. He also worked as a software design engineer for Microsoft Corp. and is the inventor of U.S. patents 7,617,204 and 7,580,951.

Patricia Campbell, LLM, JD, MA

Intellectual Property



Professor Campbell joined the Francis King Carey School of Law faculty in 2007 after spending several years in private practice with law firms and corporations. Before her faculty appointment, she was associate general counsel at Kajeet, Inc., a telecommunications company in Bethesda, Md. She teaches courses on patent law and trademarks and unfair competition at Maryland Carey Law. Professor Campbell teaches at the Intellectual Property Clinic and the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center, both located at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). In addition to her law faculty appointment, she is an associate professor at the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, located within the A. James Clark School of Engineering at UMCP.

Peter Danchin, JSD

International & Transnational Law

Human Rights

Comparative Constitutional Law

Professor Danchin’s teaching and scholarship focus on international law, human rights, transnational law, and comparative constitutional law with a focus on theories of religious freedom. Before joining the law school faculty, he was director of the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a law clerk to Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. In recent years, he has been the Senior Research Fellow in Law at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J., where he co-led an inquiry on law and religious freedom, and a visiting law professor at the University of Cape Town. He publishes widely on critical and comparative approaches to the right to religious freedom in legal, political, and moral thought.

Shannon K. Idzik, DNP, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN

NP Scope of Practice

Endocrine and Diabetes Management

Dr. Idzik is an expert in nurse practitioner practice, education, and policy. She has led numerous legislative initiatives related to the full scope of practice and removing scope-of-practice barriers for nurse practitioners. She is a past president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and has represented the profession as a member of the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients clinical advisory board. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice. Dr. Idzik also is an expert in endocrine and more specifically diabetes management. She was elected to serve for the past three years on the National Clinical Care Commission, a federal advisory board that made recommendations to Congress on improving diabetes care in the United States. She has practiced in a variety of settings including endocrinology, bariatric surgery, primary care, and chronic disease management. She was awarded the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence in 2012 and was selected as a fellow of the AANP in 2014 and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.

Corey Shdaimah, PhD, LLM, LLB

Sex Work

Foster Care

Child Care Policy

Dr. Shdaimah, who has degrees in law and social work, examines the impact of policy as it evolves through implementation, with a focus on child welfare, prostitution policy, and child care. She is an expert on alternative criminal justice responses to prostitution and street-based sex work and has consulted with jurisdictions across the country and internationally on development, implementation, and evaluation of such programs. In the field of child welfare, Dr. Shdaimah studies case processing. She advises the Maryland judiciary and has worked with the state’s Foster Care Improvement Program as well as a number of local jurisdictions on dependency court reforms and the involvement of stakeholders in the court process. She also is a leading voice on U.S. child care policy, speaking in academic venues and to the news media about the struggles faced by families and providers and the range of early education and child care policy responses to address them.