Every year, I have the pleasure of kicking off Orientation by introducing the newest class to themselves. I enjoy sorting through the files and finding interesting tidbits that will give them a sense of the depth and quality of their fellow classmates. At RWU we truly value having students with a wide range of personal and professional accomplishments who will bring those life experiences to bear in classroom discussions. As you will see, the Class of 2018 is outstanding and only adds to our tradition. Here are excerpts from my remarks:
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently put the brakes on the Government’s successful string of insider trading prosecutions by reversing the convictions of two downstream tippees, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson.
One of the great benefits of being a law student and being trained in the critical disciplines of a legal approach to problem-solving is that all doors remain open to you in terms of your career path and progression.
“Why do you do this?” is a question that I am often asked in the midst of a contentious mediation.
When two people (or two groups of people) are experiencing significant differences – significant enough that their dispute has either found its way into court or has risen to the level that both sides recognize that they are stuck in a conflict spiraling out of their own control – it is only then that a judge may refer them to mediation (or that the parties or their counsel request that a mediator get involved).
Plans are well underway for the RWU School of Law’s expanded presence in downtown Providence.
The four-story building at One Empire Street will be devoted almost exclusively to Roger Williams University use and will be ready for occupancy a year from now – June 2016. The fourth floor of One Empire Street will become the center for RWU law’s experiential learning opportunities.
In a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Providence Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse.
Monday, May 11th began a week-long celebration of the graduation of the Class of 2015, culminating in commencement exercises on Friday, May 15th. Monday’s event was a reception for the class at the Glen Manor House in nearby Portsmouth. It was a beautiful evening, the gardens were showing unmistakable signs of spring, and the views of the Sakonnet Passage were as breathtaking as ever.
Having served 22 years in the Navy before coming to law school, some habits die harder than others. One thing that we always stressed during my time in the Navy was filing a Post Exercise report – or “Post-Ex” for short – to let everyone know about what happened during an exercise and think ahead to the next time that event would be held.
The innovation continues at RWU Law. We were one of the first law schools in the country to require pro bono service for graduation. We are home to the nationally recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, which connects lawyers, community organizations, and law students to provide free legal services to indigent clients. We were one of the first law schools in the country to guarantee each student a substantial clinical experience.
The events and destruction in Baltimore over the past week triggered a lot of difficult emotions within me. I am an attorney in the city, advocating for underprivileged youths and veterans.