An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school. The capacity crowd was LOUD, and the bidding spirited on all sorts of cool gifts and experiences, like tickets to pro sporting events, weekends at vacation homes, and many opportunities for students and alums to interact socially with faculty in one-of-a-kind-events (like Peruvian food with Professor Elorza, a “drinking club” with a clutch of popular teachers, and “dinner with the deans”).
Once again, the stars came out for RWU Law: among the many distinguished guests who showed up were federal judges Will Smith and Jack McConnell; RI Chief Justice Paul Suttell and Superior Court Justices Nettie Vogel and Brian Stern; Claire Richards, Counsel to Governor Chafee; Congressman David Cicilline, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, RI Public Defender Mary McElroy, Providence City Solicitor Jeff Padwa, John Marion, Executive Director of Common Cause, and Robert Barge, head of RI Legal Services.
In sum, great fun for a good cause. Below are pics from this “only in Rhode Island” event.