The “Great Debate”: Should Harry Potter Be Taught in Law School?

Posted by David Logan on 03/14/2014 at 12:39 PM

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.

Boston Globe Loves Providence (so does the New York Times!)

Posted by David Logan on 03/10/2014 at 03:18 PM

Dancing the Night Away at the Barristers’ Ball

Posted by David Logan on 03/07/2014 at 02:30 PM

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

Posted by David Logan on 03/03/2014 at 11:11 AM

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, and very effective in the classroom

Legal Research: It’s Not Too Late to Learn More!

Posted by Library Blog on 02/28/2014 at 11:30 AM

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:

Raisin’ Funds, Havin’ Fun

Posted by David Logan on 02/27/2014 at 01:42 PM

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.

HeinOnline: A Wealth of Resources Just a Click Away

Posted by Library Blog on 02/21/2014 at 04:18 PM

HeinOnline offers a wealth of resources for legal research.  You can print pdfs of law review and bar journal articles.  You can locate a wide variety of federal administrative, executive, legislative, and judicial materials.  You can search foreign, comparative, international, and United Nations documents. 

HeinOnline continually adds new content.  Recently added is the HeinOnline collection for Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.  

Randall Kennedy Delivers the 6th Thurgood Marshall Lecture, Shares Fascinating Insights and Anecdotes

Posted by David Logan on 02/19/2014 at 05:30 PM

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 and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.)

RWU Law Students Win National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition

Posted by David Logan on 02/14/2014 at 08:47 AM

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.

Students Prepare for Practice through Experiential Learning in the Library

Posted by David Logan on 02/11/2014 at 09:25 AM

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.