At the invitation of my congressman, Rep. David Cicilline, I travelled to Alabama for the 13th Faith in Politics Congressional Pilgrimage, an amazing opportunity because so many pivotal events transpired there exactly 50 years ago. It was a dream come true for me, especially getting to spend time with one of my heroes, Rep. John Lewis, who as a Freedom Rider and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was arrested more than 40 times, beaten many times, and who has stood for everything good about America for his 73 years.
The Law Library’s specialized Reference Collection is located to the right as you enter the library, in four stand-alone book cases, together with shelving that sits adjacent to the Main Computer Lab. You can use the resources in the Reference Collection to look up the meaning of a legal term of art, obtain tips for polishing a writing piece, find a pithy quote, or locate a biography of a judge for a clerkship, including contact information.
A trademark of a RWU Law education is the opportunity to work closely with leading lawyers and judges in a broad array of settings. Here are just two examples from this semester….
First, Sarah Bratko (’13):
This picture was taken during the Judiciary Hearing on a bill to legalize gay marriage in the Rhode Island. The Judiciary Committee eventually approved the bill and on January 24, the House passed the bill.
Few situations present greater challenges to the legal system than trials over the sexual abuse of young children when, often by necessity, the children are witnesses in the case. Abusers take great care to keep their conduct as secret as possible, and in many instances there are no witnesses to the sexual acts except the children themselves. Even when physical evidence confirms that sexual abuse occurred, it does not always identify the perpetrator.
Law school is a tedious journey, not for the faint of heart. Law school is more akin to marathon then anything else I can think of and if you allow me to continue the metaphor, hopefully I can provide some insight.
Dean Logan is in Alabama all weekend on the 2013 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage sponsored by the Faith & Politics Institute. Follow @RWULaw on Twitter to hear Dean Logan's experience.
For those who are interested in a career in education or in education law, the Law Library offers various resources for your use. Here are five selected resources to check out.
The National Problem of Banks “Walking Away” from Foreclosed Properties, and Prof. Jorge Elorza as Part of the Solution in R.I.
One of the lingering effects of the bursting of the housing bubble has been banks deciding that a building they own is not worth fixing up, a problem especially prevalent in older, poor and working class neighborhoods. The resulting blight, in turn, puts further downward pressure on the value, and quality of life, of the neighborhood.
This troublesome topic was the focus of a segment on “Marketplace,” the National Public Radio that covers the economy last week.
Due to an aging population, a growing area of law practice is elder law. The 2013 February issue of the Student Lawyer includes the cover story Exploring Growing Areas of Law. The growing areas of law mentioned in the article are elder law, insurance law, and foreclosure work.
RWU Law is very proud of the pro bono activities of our students, both during the academic year and over summers. Building on the amazing work of the “Student Hurricane network,” where law students from around the country helped the Gulf Coast rebuild its legal systems post-Hurricane Katrina, RWU Law is now active in “Alternative Spring Break;” instead of kicking back for a week of fun in mid-March, 44 of our students will be fanning out from Massachusetts to Louisiana to help non-profit organizations: