A Reporter Learns the Law -- Alongside Law Students

Posted by Katie Mulvaney on 02/16/2017 at 04:33 PM

Reporting and LawI have had the good fortune of covering the courts in Rhode Island for The Providence Journal since 2009. I relish the beat for both its emotional and legal elements. It keeps me engaged and learning every day, and it allows me to explore what makes people tick, for good and for bad.

'Disparaging' Trademarks Meet the First Amendment

Posted by Niki Kuckes on 02/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

The SlantsShould a term like “the slants,” which is deeply offensive to many Asian-Americans, be granted the benefits of heightened legal protection afforded to federally registered trademarks?  Or should the Trademark Office have the power to refuse to register such a “disparaging” trademark?  This question was posed at the Supreme Court this week, when trademark law collided with the First Amendment as the Court heard arguments in

Why I Marched...

Posted by Deborah Gonzalez on 01/25/2017 at 04:14 PM

The author (far right) and friends.I marched for women's rights.

I marched for immigrants’ rights.

I marched for equality for all.  

These were but a few reasons why I marched in the Women's March on Washington.  

Obama, Biden Counsel to Deliver MLK Address

Posted by Michael Bowden on 01/19/2017 at 05:00 PM

Don GravesRWU Law presents a rare chance to meet a counselor to a United States President and Vice President.

Don Graves -- who served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and counselor to Vice President Joe Biden -- will be the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Reliving the Civil Rights Movement with Rep. John Lewis

Posted by David Logan on 01/17/2017 at 11:24 AM

As we observe our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week here at RWU Law, I find myself reflecting upon a transformational experience I had four years ago when I marched with more than 250 people, including 30 members of Congress, on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Selma, Ala., marking the 48th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

Jobs Data

Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 12/22/2016 at 03:37 PM

Jobs DataThe American Bar Association, which regulates law schools, has recently taken steps to increase the amount of “consumer information” law schools must make available to potential applicants.   I consider this a positive trend, even though reasonable minds can differ on the question of what kinds of information should be provided. 

The Threat of Marine Debris

Posted by Julia Wyman on 12/13/2016 at 10:35 AM

Some symposium attendeesThis year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Marine Affairs Institute.

Now "Defamation" Matters More Than Ever

Posted by Deborah Johnson on 11/16/2016 at 04:15 PM

Defamation posterLast week – just hours after the next President of the United States of America was announced – RWU Law students, faculty and staff (joined by undergraduates and University faculty and staff) attended a performance of DEFAMATION - THE PLAY.  This is the second year that the play has been performed on campus and it was as compelling as ever – if not more so, given the timing.

Students Go Head-to-head with Faculty and Alums in Jeopardy!

Posted by David Logan on 11/09/2016 at 10:36 AM

Let’s face it; students spend three years having to answer law questions asked by law faculty -- and for obvious reasons the faculty always gets the last word. 

Not so in Jeopardy!, an annual face-off on NON-law information, in which teams are challenged on their knowledge of trivia about “Recent Dead Stars” (for $1000 the Answer is: “Had a drink named after him,” and the correct Question “Who was Arnold Palmer,” or “Elon Musks’s other venture than e-cars” and the correct Question is “SpaceX.”) 

An Amazing Summer: Public Interest Law in Texas

Posted by Linda Tappa on 11/01/2016 at 03:49 PM

The summer began with me as a hopeful, and somewhat energized 2L -- and ended with me hired as a staff attorney for after graduation at a top public service law organization.