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Randall Kennedy Delivers the 6th Thurgood Marshall Lecture, Shares Fascinating Insights and Anecdotes
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow http://law.rwu.edu/blog/harvard-law-dean-martha-minow-delivers-thurgood-marshall-memorial-lecture and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.)
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research.
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power.
Although January has come and gone, it is not too late to make a New Year's Resolution! Experts on the RWU School of Law staff offer New Year's Resolutions just for you! Pat yourself on the back if you are doing or have done what they suggest!
- Brief every case
- Remember why I came to law school
- Read a book (non-legal)
- Attend networking events
- Have fun (but not too much)
For the past nine years, RWU Law has commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of activities, including a keynote speech, inspired by the life of the great civil rights leader. This year we were delighted to host the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge from New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
One great thing about a judicial externship with the Honorable Dennis Curran from the Massachusetts Superior Court, is that RWU Law students never know what in addition to observing lawyers and trials will come their way.
As you probably know by now, RWU President Donald Farish this week made two major announcements that in many respects will shape the coming years at RWU Law.