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A.J. Bellido de Luna

Hardy Director of Advocacy  | Service Professor

Education

  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2004
  • B.S., John Hopkins University, with Honors, 2000

License to Practice

  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Specialties and Courses

  • Trial Advocacy

Biography

A.J. Bellido de Luna is the Hardy Director of Advocacy and Service Professor of Law at St. Mary's University School of Law. He teaches Trial Advocacy and directs the law school's External Advocacy Programs consisting of Moot Court, Mock Trial and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is the faculty advisor to the Board of Advocates. He practiced law in Maryland with the Law Offices of G. Russell Donaldson and Palmer Cooper and was the Managing Director of the Clinical Law Program of the University of Maryland School of Law and a Special Prosecutor for Baltimore City.

Bellido de Luna joined the law school full-time in 2008 as the Managing Director of the Clinical Law Program and the Director of the National Trial Team. As a Clinical Law Instructor and Lecturer in Law, Professor Bellido de Luna taught the General Practice Clinic as well as Advanced Trial Advocacy. During his tenure as coach and director, he led the program to their first Tournament of Champions victory.

Prior to joining St. Mary's University, Bellido de Luna was the Board Executive Officer for the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, where he supported the board in directing and facilitating the district’s strategic direction and managing effective and efficient operations in the areas of board governance and oversight. Bellido de Luna provided high-level professional, managerial and operational advice to the board. Bellido de Luna helped oversee the management and implementation of the district’s legislative agenda and served as the point of contact for intergovernmental affairs. Bellido de Luna trained and supervised the district's hearing examiners.

Bellido de Luna is a former Marine and retired police lieutenant. During his law enforcement career, he served in command positions and supervised Traffic Enforcement & Accident Reconstruction and spent several years as a child abuse detective.

Highlights
Recognized as the Staff Member of the Year by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Student Bar Association Recognition, 2014
Honored with the Faculty of the Year Community Award from the Homeless Person’s Representation Project in Baltimore, Maryland, 2013
Recipient of the Impact Award presented by the Black Law Student's Association of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2010
Order of the Barrister, 2004

Publications

State v. Gray, 2016 National Institute of Trial Advocacy With Joseph E. Taylor