Correctional Reform Section

Council member Bios

Doctor Michael M. Berlin, J.D., Ph.D. serves as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Coppin State University.  His areas of specialization include: constitutional law and criminal procedure, community policing, criminal justice leadership and management and terrorism/homeland security.  Dr. Berlin earned his B.A. and M.A. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Graduate School, Baltimore in 2006.  Prior to his appointment at Coppin State University, Professor Berlin served as a Professor of Criminal Justice at Baltimore City Community College where he directed both on-campus and Baltimore Police Academy Programs for over a decade.  He is an attorney with more than 20 years experience in private practice and is a former Baltimore Police Officer.  Professor Berlin is an instructor at the U.S. State Department sponsored International Law Enforcement Academy in Roswell, New Mexico, where he has taught thousands of police supervisors from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Central and South America.  He also teaches for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsored anti-terrorism training in Playas, New Mexico.  Dr. Berlin was named Instructor of the year by the Maryland Police Training Commission in 2003.