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Tom Peterson is a 2L originally from Seattle, and now living in Lincoln, R.I. He is a non-traditional student, attending Roger Williams School of Law after finishing a career and retiring from the U.S. Navy. He received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.,...

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Summer is Coming

Posted by Tom Peterson on 05/13/2014 at 11:14 AM

First, I would like to apologize for the amount of time between my last post and this one.  It has been a hectic semester and it is amazing how fast time flies!  I finished up my last final last Thursday and I have been able to take a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past semester.  Overall, the classes were great and with finals in the rear view mirror it is a blessing.  We won’t find out our grades for another month or so, but it is just good to have them finished. 

Spring came late this year and we had snow even in April, but the weather has turned beautiful and I am sure that the 3L’s are excited to have good weather for graduation this Friday.  I was at school yesterday for an Admitted Student Day panel and it is amazing how quiet everything is.

It was a great semester and in addition to classes, I was able to participate in Alternative Spring Break during Spring Break.  I spent the week working in Fall River, Massachusetts, at the Committee for Public Counsel Services there.  It was an amazing experience that I will write more about later.  We basically spent a week there learning about what public defenders do, observing the court processes, seeing a trial, and working closely with the staff attorneys at CPCS.  It was a great experience and really opened my eyes to the important work that public defenders do.  It gave me one more thing that I can see myself doing as a career following law school.

I get a short break and then I will start Summer School.  I am taking two classes to try to get ahead for the upcoming year.  I am still considering Marine Affairs joint degree program with URI and the more I can get done up front the better.  The classes are all in the evenings, so they won’t interfere with my internship in Providence which will be great.

One of the things that will fill up my time for the week is trying to “write on” to Law Review.  Right after you last final, you are able to pick up a packet of information that will be used as the research for the article that you have write.  You are only given a week and it seems a bit daunting, but it is definitely worth the effort.  It is hard to get re-motivated to get some words on paper, but the reading has started and I am sure that it will turn out okay.

I will be around over the summer, so I am intending to keep updating the blog as we get closer to the start of my 2L year.  Stay tuned…