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.
The 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.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Marine Affairs Institute.
Last 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.
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.”)
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.
Less than two years ago, RWU Law hosted a day-long symposium on the issue of mass incarceration, an event attended by approximately 350 judges, lawyers, law students, and others. It was a remarkable day, but two moments in particular stand out for me.
Women in Robes is an annual event sponsored by RWU Law's Women’s Law Society, and dedicated to saluting the achievement of women judges and justices in the Rhode Island judiciary.
The Law Alumni Association (LAA) hosted another Annual Alumni Weekend at the end of September, running from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25; and it was full of events that gave alums from all class years a chance to learn something new, reconnect with one another and meet alums from all over.
This semester, we have a number of pioneering students at RWU Law: the first participants in our new one-year master's program called the Master of Studies in Law, or MSL.
The program is open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé – but who do not want to be practicing attorneys. Anyone who works (or would like to work) regularly with lawyers, or with laws and regulations, can benefit from the MSL program.