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Happy Holidays

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Happy Holidays

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Admissions Info Session
JAN
16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown
JAN
20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
JAN
30
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Behind Closed Doors
FEB
11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Appellate Courtroom - Room 283
Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC

Fast Facts

RWU Law students can apply to receive up to $3,500 in a public interest summer stipend.  Students chosen have used this funding to finance their summer work in New England, across the U.S. and beyond.



Nagesh Tammara ’04

Then & NowNagesh Tammara has made his home in a tropical paradise, serving as an attorney with the firm of Smock & Moorehead and as Leg al Counsel to the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lawyering in the islands carries the expected perks – leisurely sails through crystal-clear waters, for example, is a favorite pastime – but also makes for unpredictable and exciting days at the office. The legal system of the U.S. Virgin Islands is relatively young, so there isn’t much precedent – which means constant evolution and creation of new laws. “When I was a judicial clerk here, I published six opinions that involved very novel issues of first impression.”

Working for the Governor’s Office is similarly full of surprises: “One day I’m advising the governor on something as simple as proclaiming Black History Month; the next, we’re dealing with a $100 million revenue loss; after that, it could be legislation on gang violence. You never know what to expect!”

Tammara tries to look out for people who’ve fallen through cracks in the system. Recently, for example, he assisted an elderly couple who landed in desperate straits after the husband was injured on the job but denied Social Security benefits. “I had no idea what I was getting into,” he says. “We went through six months of correspondence; an investigation involving the FBI – but they’re finally getting their benefits, and they’ll be able to live.”

A participant in the local Make a Wish Foundation, Tammara has granted five wishes so far. Some are easy to coordinate – a shopping trip to Paris, for instance; others require extensive planning, like when a four-year-old boy suffering from leukemia wanted to be a police officer like his dad. “From the swearing-in ceremony, to creating a police car for the boy, to planting a villain for him to arrest – and then getting a medal awarded by Governor himself – it took about a month and a half to plan it all. But we made it a big day for him. We don’t deny a wish.”

Roger Williams University’s first law graduate to stake a career in the Caribbean, Tammara regularly sends job announcements back to his alma mater. “They’re looking for good, intellectual people, so why not? You’re going to learn a lot; it puts our school on the map; people get jobs – I’m all for it!”