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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. 

When Corporations Grow Too Powerful: Reviving an Old Debate

Posted by Carl Bogus on 02/05/2015 at 10:07 AM

The nation needs the kind of debate it had during the 1912 presidential election. Believe it or not, one of the principal campaign topics involved antitrust law. All four candidates – Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and Eugene Debs – spoke about antitrust on the campaign trail.

And the public listened with keen interest. There was then strong public sentiment that gigantic corporations, then called “trusts,” were harming the nation.

A Fireside Chat with Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr.

Posted by Jared Goldstein on 01/26/2015 at 12:00 AM

Donald Verrilli, Jr., Solicitor General of the United StatesOn Wednesday, February 4, 2015, I’ll be interviewing Donald Verrilli, Jr., the Solicitor General of the United States, in an event that’s been billed as a “Fireside Chat.” Those look

Champions for Justice: The 2015 Public Interest Auction

Posted by Laurie Barron on 01/20/2015 at 10:36 PM

Champions for JusticeOur annual Public Interest Auction is right around the corner – on January 30th at the Providence Biltmore! It’s a one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed.