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I am a 3L, originally from Watchung, NJ. I received my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island where I completed the honor’s program and majored in Women’s Studies. My senior thesis was titled “Sex Trafficking and Decriminalized Prostitution in Rhode Island.” I served as the co-...



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Fall in Rhode Island

Posted by Melanie Shapiro on 10/18/2010 at 08:53 AM

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog, and what better time then the end of a long Sunday of work when I’m too tired to keep reading, but not to blog?  Second year sure is busy, but I’m enjoying it all!  This year you can choose some electives.  The required courses for the fall are Constitutional Law and Evidence.  My electives are Immigration, Legislative Drafting and Wills & Trusts.  I find the substance of these courses pretty interesting and I feel lucky to have such top-notch engaging faculty teaching me.

This time of year is also very busy because I’m swamped with applications for clinics, externships, figuring out what classes to take in the spring, finding a summer job and attending some terrific events.

Last week, the RWU Women’s Law Society held the annual Women in Robes event.  Women in Robes is an annual sit down dinner with RI (mostly) women judges who take time out of their busy schedules to have dinner with the law students at DeWolf Tavern.  The nice thing about second year is that though you feel like you have more work than first year, somehow the idea of going to an event seems less stressful.  This year, I got to sit with Judge Bucci, one of our new professors, Professor Argento and friends.

One of the great benefits to being the only law school in the state is that we have an unusual close relationship with the Rhode Island judiciary.  Also last week we were able to hear First Circuit arguments live in our own appellate courtroom. I had a great time listening to the arguments.

Coming up is John Bolton tomorrow and the RI premiere for the movie Conviction, based on the incredible story of our own ’98 graduate Betty Anne Waters.

On the homefront, I’m trying to balance taking care of our 3 cats, our VERY energetic puppy and my horse and finding time for fun.  My partner and I are really enjoying this New England fall.  This is an exciting time of year because Halloween is her absolute favorite holiday (followed closely by Christmas and the 4th of July). A couple of weekends ago, we drove up to Vermont for a night.  We drove scenic 100 and went in tons of antique shops and had lots of Vermont cheese. It was beautiful! The leaves were at their peak then, and they are now in Rhode Island, too.

Here in Rhode Island, we love that there are many farm stands, pumpkin and apple picking places are haunted hayrides in the area.  If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, I highly recommend Adam’s Farm and Phantom Farm in Cumberland.

Also, we love Halloween decorations.  If you want to see something really cool, drive up 136 (Metacom Avenue) towards Seekonk and on the right hand side of the road across from Our Lady of Fatima high school, this family put out a life size, hand made figure of Mike Myers from the movie Halloween.  Sometimes they stick him on the porch, sometimes in the window with a green light, and he’s been known to occasionally wear earmuffs! It’s a worthwhile roadside attraction.