Stressed over writing papers or your writing requirement? Well, stop stressing! Librarians staffing the Reference Desk can help you. They can show you resources for locating books and articles on your topic and materials for polishing your paper. If a book is unavailable in the Law Library, it might be available in the RWU Library. You can check out a book from the RWU Library by having your name entered into their library patron database. You will need to show your law school ID to the person staffing the Infor
RWU is rightly proud of the scholarly excellence of its faculty http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study and one of our top performers is Peter Margulies. This was proven out over Spring Break week when instead of chilling out, Peter appeared at not one, but two important programs on National Security.
Among the thousands of books published annually, the Law Library continues to purchase quality works on developing issues and contemporary legal issues. Some of these are scholarly treatises by law professors and others are “nuts and bolts” materials by practitioners who are experts in their field. The Law Library routinely buys publications from organizations such as the American Bar Association and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. We also collect e-books that can be accessed with one click.
One of our annual traditions is a pair of alumni-centered events in Washington DC: a cocktail reception for the many alums doing cool things in the DC area and then a swearing-in ceremony for eleven alums at the Supreme Court of the United States.
All right, maybe it wasn’t THE Great Debate (or even a serious proposition that was considered) but two popular members of the RWU Law faculty squared off in an evening of point and counterpoint, centered around two questions: first, should “The Law of Harry Potter” be a required law school course and second, if so, what course should it replace.
The Marriot Hotel in Newport was once again the venue for the Barristers’ Ball, the night when everyone looks sharp and has a blast. Besides lots of fun, the SBA recognized the leading student groups with annual awards:
• Outstanding Service Program of the Year
o Association for Public Interest Law (Alternative Spring Break)
• Outstanding Co-Sponsored Event
Faculty Spotlight on Andrew Spacone: Bringing Decades of Sophisticated Corporate Work to RWU Students
RWU Law has an excellent core faculty: highly credentialed (more than 80% have degrees from at least one of the following schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Virginia, Michigan, Chicago, Penn, NYU, and Georgetown), well-published http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study, and very effective in the classroom http://law.rwu.edu/blog/student-satisfaction-their-rwu-law-faculty-remains-hig
There’s still time this semester to learn more about the wealth of resources for legal research or improve your skills using Lexis Advance and WestlawNext. You still have time to take advantage of the Prepare for Practice Certification Program class offerings coming up. Even if you are not pursuing certification, you can learn more about the following from the Librarians:
An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school.