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Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. speaks to
Catholic University law students in October, 2013.


Law School’s Clemency Partnership with Former
Governor Ehrlich Highlighted in Recent Commentary


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In an October 12th commentary published in The Baltimore Sun, former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. acknowledged that the issue he expected would serve as his primary legacy from his time in office—support for charter schools—has been supplanted by his record on executive clemency. 

Ehrlich writes a weekly column for the Sun. His most recent, “Respect the power of the pardon,” explains the emphasis that he placed on the importance of using the power of executive clemency during his term as the state’s chief executive (2003-2007).
Since leaving office, Erhlich has continued to press for the cause of criminal justice reform and the reemergence of executive pardon power, elevating those issues to the causes now most closely associated with his governorship.
One result of his advocacy was the launch in August 2013 of “The CUA Law/Ehrlich Partnership on Clemency,” an initiative that expanded Catholic University law school’s Innocence Project Clinic to add clemency petitions to the scope of work for students.  
Erhlich’s column stated,
“The centerpiece is my working partnership with the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University. Here, law students research and draft petitions on behalf of partnership clients. A second aspect of the program is to educate governors-elect and their senior staffs as to the importance of reform initiatives during the critical transition period before taking office.”
Ehrlich, who is senior counsel at the law firm King & Spalding and the author of several books about national politics, worked closely with Professors Cara Drinan and J.P. "Sandy" Ogilvy to bring the new clinic to the law school.