Upcoming Events

Open Door Speaker Series - The Traditional Side of Things

Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration

Open Door Speaker Series - The Traditional Side of Things

Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration

New York Area Info Session
MAR
05
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Ainsworth, 122 West 26th Street (btw 6th & 7th), New York, NY
New York City Alumni Networking Reception
MAR
05
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Ainsworth, 122 West 26th Street (btw 6th & 7th), New York, NY
360°of a Large Corporate Deal
MAR
19
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
RWU Law | Bristol, Rhode Island
Accepted Students Day
MAR
21
9:00 am - 3:15 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration - Moving Beyond the Problem and Toward Solutions
MAR
27
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island

Fast Facts

Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state.  The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.



Nagesh Tammara ’04

Nagesh Tammara ’04Nagesh 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!”