When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and have now finished my 11th year. During that time I have had the pleasure to work with an excellent faculty (highly credentialed and prolific scholars, but who make teaching their first priority), an amazing staff (also dedicated to student success), and our more than 2,000 alums, who are making their way not just in Southern New England, but across the country.
The annual breakfast meeting for the RWU Law Alumni Association was special this year, as law faculty, staff, alums, judges, and practitioners gathered to wrap up our 20th anniversary, thank outgoing and incoming leaders of the Law Alumni Association, and hearing my last speech as Dean, and the first speech from the new Dean, Michael Yelnosky. Here are some pics from that fun morning.
Almost 200 folks showed up for the annual fundraiser for the RWU Law Pro Bono Collaborative, our unique way to provide much needed representation to low-income Rhode Islanders.
This year’s event was special, as we recognized the philanthropy of Mark Mandell, whose support was essential to getting the PBC not just surviving but thriving.
A special shout-out to the Host Committee:
Richard Ratcliffe; Chair; Ratcliffe Harten Burke & Galamaga
We just learned about four recent graduates who are doing remarkable things locally, regionally, and nationally, while proving once again the versatility of a JD from Roger Williams Law…
With the wail of bagpipes, the Commencement procession begins
Commencement 2014 was our chance to say congratulations and so long to the terrific class of 2014, award honorary degrees to two outstanding judges and one excellent lawyer, and wrap up the celebration of our twentieth anniversary.
This first installment focuses on back stage preparations for the big event; later installments will focus on the actual ceremony and the after party.
The CED Clinic had a very busy and exciting second semester! The students represented fourteen clients throughout Rhode Island, held a brief advice legal clinic at the Center for Women and Enterprise, and conducted a two-hour informational session to Johnson and Wales University students on legal basics for entrepreneurs. The Clinic forged ties with community organizations, including signing on as a member of a network that won a $28,500 planning grant to carry out a worker cooperative incubation project in Central Falls. Students worked on a variety of issues.
Each spring, in the week before Commencement, we host a fancy reception for the graduating class at the Glen Manor mansion in nearby Portsmouth. This year was especially fun, as we said goodbye to an absolutely top shelf SBA president Steve Sokolov and a terrific group of future leaders in the bench and bar.
With the end of the academic year looming, student groups have elected the leaders for the 2014-15 academic year. Here they are:
Student Bar Association: Anthony Sinapi
Roger Williams Law Review: Meghan Kruger
Moot Court: Danielle Dufault
American Bar Association Law Student Division: Michael Muehe
American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter: Jason MacKeen