This week’s Sunday Times devoted its feature “36 Hours” to the capital city of RWU’s home state, Providence.
Over 100 luminaries of Rhode Island’s bench and bar joined by RWU faculty, staff, alumni and students gathered to raise funds for the Pro Bono Collaborative at the Rotunda at One Citizen’s Plaza in Providence. The PBC leverages the historically underutilized resources of the state’s larger, more prominent law firms by connecting them with community organizations and our law students, to help maximize the efficient delivery of legal aid.
I am pleased to announce that RWU Law alum Robert Coulter ’08, was named one of “40 under Forty” winners by the Providence Business News. This award acknowledges the achievements of young professionals based on their “career success and community involvement.” Rob is a graduate of the Naval Academy who came to RWU Law after earning two Masters Degrees from the University of Chicago, and he continued his stellar academic career by graduating #1 in his law class.
Another year, and another cohort of lucky RWU Law students who get an insider’s view of the English legal system by attending our unique summer program in London. Unlike most foreign programs, which are classroom-based and focus on doctrine, the RWU Law program gets our students into the chambers of some of London’s top law firms and judges for what is quaintly called “a mini-pupilage.” This provides an intimate insiders’ view of a legal system that provided the basis for the U.S.
One of the great opportunities for a law student is to work in a judge’s chambers, and given the close relationships RWU Law has with dozens of state and federal judges, many of our top students get an insider’s view of the judicial process. Two close friends of the law school are United States District Judge Jack McConnell and Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran. Here are a couple reflections from rising 2Ls who are working with these leading jurists.
We are proud of the commitment our students have to improving the lives of the less fortunate in our community. I recently reported on the work of our Military Law Society for local veterans and now I want to salute the Family Law Society (also spearheaded by terrific members of the class of 2014!) for their good works on behalf of Family Service of Rhode Island; by holding a “change drive,” Laura Parker and Gloria Rispoli were able to present the organization with necessaries for a family in need. Way to go Laura, Gloria, and the FLS!
I am pleased to announce that Neville Bedford, RWU Law class of 2003, was honored by the Rhode Island Bar Association for his efforts representing homeless men and women.
As 2011-12 winds down and 2012-13 emerges on the immediate horizon, I am happy to announce another year of distinctive co-curricular programming is in store for the RWU Law community.
RWU’s stature as a national leader in the field of ocean and coastal law was confirmed at The Coastal Society’s 23rd biennial conference in Miami, Florida. Recent graduate and Florida native, Kristen Bonjour ‘12, attended and presented Municipal Responses to a Changing Climate in the Coastal Zone of the Northeast and Bay of Fundy.
It’s no secret that RWU Law’s faculty comprises a world-class collection of legal scholars and educators. One such standout is Associate Professor Tanya Monestier, who joined us after graduating from both Osgoode Hall, Canada’s top law school, and the University of Cambridge, with an impressive array of honors.