My name is Hala Furst, and I am a 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the three years between graduating from college and arriving here in Bristol, RI, I worked as a hotel concierge for a luxury brand, a loan officer and mortgage...
I’m not going to lie. I’m a law dork. A Lawrk if you will. Being a law dork means a variety of things. It might mean that I wish the cast of the West Wing actually ran our country and that Josh Lyman was my boyfriend. It might mean that I make jokes with my friends about food with legal plays-on-words (like Tort-ellini… get it? HAHAHAHA). Or it might mean that it’s 1:30 in the morning, and after working on reading, briefing cases, and researching for the legal methods memo due at the end of the semester I’m still up reading articles online about SCOTUS Justice Paul Stevens, the potential incoming Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the tasering of a student at the University of Florida, Star Simpson being arrested at Boston Logan Airport for wearing a sweatshirt with some LED lights, and the Jena 6 (Check it out at http://www.colorofchange.org I take no responsibility for the content, but think it’s a pretty good description of what’s going on in Jena, Louisiana).
Why, you might ask?
Because the law is everywhere. The more you learn, the more you see. Since I started school new ideas and dimensions have been popping out at me; I see legal ramifications where before I saw none. It’s like I have legal “Spidey Sense”, and sometimes it’s interesting, and sometimes you get reminded that ignorance is bliss. Like when you feel that your government is eroding the laws of the nation, or when you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of injustice in this world. But I am not ignorant, and I’m becoming less ignorant every day, and I have an obligation to work to change things. Roger Williams is a place where that drive to make a difference is expected, admired, cultivated and challenged. Lawyers get a bad rap for being money-hungry, self-aggrandizing, truth-twisters, who spend hours a day figuring out how to circumvent the “law”. And the truth of the matter is that, yes, some lawyers do that. But I think most lawyers, and I know most students and faculty at RWU, view the legal profession as one of great power and responsibility. Lawyers learn “law”, but more than that they learn how to think about the law, and in that thinking, construct the way in which our society functions. You can try to ignore that responsibilty, try to shy away from it and fight the duty that we have been charged with, but frankly I’m not sure how you would sleep at night.
Of course, it’s obvious I don’t sleep at night anyway, since I’m, again, up at 1:30am. But it is because I’m excited about being here at RWU and doing the work we’re doing. I hope that everyone gets to have that experience in law school, because that excitement makes working on your Civil Procedure homework until midnight rewarding instead of annoying. Or, rather, MOSTLY rewarding instead of annoying. But again, I’m a law dork.