They say “it’s a small world,” and an email I recently received proves that adage….
Luis Mancheno, RWU Law class of 2013, was just settling into his new job at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, when he came across a proudly-displayed poster for the movie Conviction. Here’s the connection: the movie recounts the gripping story of RWU Law grad Betty Anne Waters (class of 1998, and now a globe-trotting emissary for human rights), who devoted her life (including going to law school), to freeing her wrongfully-convicted brother.
If you would like to expand your knowledge of developments in a particular area of law (very helpful at networking events), take a look at the Bloomberg BNA Resource Centers. These Resource Centers cover robust, and in some cases, “hot,” areas of legal practice.
As I am sure you have heard, law school is a beast like no other. The hours spent trying to piece together an intricate contracts case brief, anticipating being cold-called in your Criminal Law class, and agonizing over your semester-long memorandum assignment are among some of the most stressful times. Being overwhelmed with law school is something to be expected by everyone, at least for the first semester. But want to know something? Nearly everyone at RWU Law wants
What a run for the RWU Law! In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor).
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates).
Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:
With the semester well underway, now is a great time to test your understanding of the concepts discussed in your classes. To gauge your progress, consider tackling a few CALI lessons. CALI has over 900 free interactive tutorials on 35 legal subjects. Sign up to access the CALI lessons by using the Law School’s authorization code which you can obtain from the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk (or email LawLibraryHelp@rwu.edu).
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses.
After a full career in the Navy, as I was preparing to retire, I would always get the question, “so what are you going to do after retirement?” I was always proud to say that I was going to be attending Roger Williams University School of Law (whew… from here on out, RWU Law) and I would always be told, “Oh, so you are JUST going back to school…” It always struck me as a little bit of an understatement, and it always seemed that they were implying that I was going to have all sorts of time because I was “just going to be in school.” As it turns out, it was more than just “
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues. This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU http://law.rwu.edu/event/fireside-chat-ret-united-states-supreme-court-justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99c