Peter Angelos’ Big Gift to the University of Baltimore

The Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore injury attorney Peter Angelos has pledged a $5 million matching grant for a new law school at the University of Baltimore. The gift is the largest in the university’s history, topping his last big gift.

The Baltimore Sun ticked off a partial list of prominent University of Baltimore Law School alumni including former Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew (let’s ignore that little conviction), Katie Curran O’Malley, and Kendel Ehrlich. (For inexplicable reasons, I was not listed.) Incredibly, about a third of Maryland judges and elected state’s attorneys are University of Baltimore law school alumni.

Peter Angelos’ reputation has taken a beating from Baltimore lawyers in recent years not for anything he has done as a lawyer but because of the close relationship the Baltimore Orioles have had with 4th place under his ownership. But give him credit for stepping up for UB. Between Angelos’ generosity and the work of new law school dean Philip J. Closius, who I think really knows how to build the reputation and statute of a law school, the University of Baltimore may take it to the next level and beyond.