Upcoming Events

Champions for Justice

Champions for Justice

LSAT Free Practice Test
JAN
13
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903
Champions for Justice
JAN
27
All Day
Omni Providence Hotel
’It’s Just a Building’ – The Role of a Lawyer in Real Estate Development
FEB
16
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol - Room 262
U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admission - RWU Law Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony
FEB
22
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC
24th Annual Barrister's Ball
FEB
25
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Omni Providence Hotel

Fast Facts

RWU Law students have come from almost every state, hundreds of undergraduate institutions, and nations as diverse as Canada, China, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Liberia, Russia, South Korea and Zimbabwe.



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!”