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Experiential Education: Fundamental and Critical

Posted by Andy Horwitz on 04/21/2015 at 05:40 PM

An RWU Law student argues before justices of the Rhode Island Supreme CourtI joined the faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law just over 20 years ago because I saw that the school was dedicated to a very special mission.  The law school’s founders understood then what so many other schools have started to see now: that experiential education is a

Marine Affairs: Esposito Takes the Helm

Posted by Dennis Esposito on 04/14/2015 at 03:23 PM

Back to Rhode IslandAs I sit here in sunny Mexico, I ask myself: Why do I go back? 

Here’s why: I am reflecting upon my longstanding relationship with the Marine Affairs Institute...  Seventeen years and counting.  

Litigation Academy Returns

Posted by Niki Kuckes on 04/07/2015 at 04:51 PM

Litigation Academy at RWU LawForty years ago, one in ten civil cases in federal court was resolved at trial.  Today, that number is closer to one in 100. 

From 'Guinea Pig' to Immigration Lawyer

Posted by Ashley Ham Pong on 03/31/2015 at 12:46 PM

Immigration LawIt was a sunny summer day in August of 2009 as I sat in a conference room at Roger Williams University’s Providence campus, feeling somewhat like a guinea pig. I was a member of the first class of RWU Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. A few months prior, I had submitted my application and thoughtfully explained my interest in the immigration field.

Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration

Posted by Judith Savage on 03/24/2015 at 10:24 AM

Mass IncarcerationThis Friday, March 27, an extraordinary gathering will take place here at RWU Law to discuss mass incarceration and mass probation -- one of the most important public policy issues of our time.

Open Door Speaker Series: The Transactional Side of Things

Posted by Cecily Banks on 03/16/2015 at 12:00 AM

Transactional LawIt doesn’t take long for my contract drafting students to realize that drafting is not the mechanical, backroom exercise of a wordsmith.  The students quickly start to see each business transaction as its own human interest story of parties forging a positive, fruitful contractual platform to boost and cushion their deal as the real world plays out.  In the first class, students learn how to el

Alternative Spring Break is Here!

Posted by Tom Peterson on 03/09/2015 at 11:44 AM

March 2015: RWU Law Students make final plans for their ASB assignments.Members of the RWU Law’s Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) started Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during spring break 2006, as an opportunity to assist those recovering from the devastation caused when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005.

Lifelong Learning is Key to Successful Lawyering

Posted by Kathryn Thompson on 03/02/2015 at 09:40 AM

Key to Academic SuccessExcellent lawyers are committed to lifelong learning; our craft requires it.  Whenever a new client walks into a lawyer’s office, that lawyer faces a new challenge. This challenge always includes new facts to learn, and a new problem to solve.

More Death Penalty Puzzles Highlighted by New Supreme Court Case

Posted by Emily Sack on 02/24/2015 at 09:00 AM

Charles WarnerOn the evening of January 15, 2015, Oklahoma prisoner Charles Warner died by lethal injection, shortly after the Supreme Court denied his application for a stay of execution.  Warner had also filed a petition for certiorari, in which he argued that the lethal injection protocol used by Oklahoma violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

Bar Prep at RWU: The Future is Here!

Posted by John Ralston on 02/17/2015 at 10:36 AM

In recent years, our administration and faculty have worked hard to enhance the school’s practical and experiential learning opportunities in an effort to help our students become practice ready by graduation.  We now have six clinical externships, three in-house clinics, and even a Semester in Practice Program, which allows students to immerse themselves in a semester-long work experience during the second or third year of school.