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My name is Regina Curran, and I'm 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received my BA in Sociology from Texas A&M University. I am originally from both Texas and Oklahoma. I took a short time off after undergrad to work odd jobs, but ultimately knew I was headed for law school. Having...

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Spring flies by…and opportunities for networking and learning abound

Posted by Regina Curran on 03/05/2009 at 12:00 AM

It seems like I just turned around and it was March. I don’t know if its job searching, the two three day weekends we had, or just longing for summer, but spring semester feels faster than fall.  This weekend is Barrister’s Ball (or law prom as we sometimes call it) and then in a week and a half we’ll be off for spring break.

The semester has thus far presented numerous unique opportunities to meet lawyers and politicians from around the state. In February I had the opportunity to attend the opening of the Latino Policy Institute at the Roger Williams Providence campus. The LPI was co-founded by our very own Professor Jorge Elorza and is a great addition to the Roger Williams community. The event was attended by everyone from Mayor Cicilline and RWU President Roy Nirschel to various other members of the RWU administration and Latino community leaders from around the state. The very next week I attended as Lt. Governor Roberts came to the law school to speak on health care reform. The Lt. Governor is very passionate about the subject and was so willing to listen to and answer questions from many students after the event. Then this past week the Rhode Island Association for Justice (the trial lawyers’ association in the state) welcomed RWU students to join them at their annual View from the Bench dinner where judges from all level of courts spoke on various issues lawyers and judges face during trials. This dinner was free to as many RWU students as could attend and was an excellent opportunity to network and even find a mentor.

Coming from one of the biggest states in the union the opportunities that are available to myself and my fellow students still amazes me. Before this seemingly short semester ends myself and several other 2Ls will visit the U.S. Supreme Court as part of the Honors’ Perspectives program. Sarah Weddington will come to campus to speak at Women in the Law Day. A friend and I will have lunch with Dean Logan as a prize for guessing the right number of RWU grads at an Honors event. Last but not least several friends will join Prof. Colleen Murphy for dinner that we won at the Public Interest Auction this past weekend. Between classes, work, and extracurriculars it seems before I know it finals will be over and summer work begun. I am certainly looking forward to it.