One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power.
Although January has come and gone, it is not too late to make a New Year's Resolution! Experts on the RWU School of Law staff offer New Year's Resolutions just for you! Pat yourself on the back if you are doing or have done what they suggest!
- Brief every case
- Remember why I came to law school
- Read a book (non-legal)
- Attend networking events
- Have fun (but not too much)
For the past nine years, RWU Law has commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of activities, including a keynote speech, inspired by the life of the great civil rights leader. This year we were delighted to host the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge from New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
One great thing about a judicial externship with the Honorable Dennis Curran from the Massachusetts Superior Court, is that RWU Law students never know what in addition to observing lawyers and trials will come their way.
As you probably know by now, RWU President Donald Farish this week made two major announcements that in many respects will shape the coming years at RWU Law.
The library’s Appy Hour technology series returns for the spring semester. Why should you attend an Appy Hour?
- The opportunity to learn tips and techniques to help you work and study more efficiently using technology.
- Recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to maintain knowledge of technology as part of their ethics requirements.
- Learning about technology can enliven your day.
The spring 2014 Appy Hour sessions cover:
After two glorious weeks of Christmas break, the spring semester here at RWU Law has officially started. I’m not quite sure there is anything more difficult than attempting to get back into school mode after a small glimpse of freedom. But alas, I must fight the urge to watch another episode of Cake Boss on Netflix and crack open my Civil Procedure book once again.
When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum.
Survey Says New Attorneys Spend a Significant Portion of their Time on Research!
According to a recent National Conference of Bar Examiners’ survey: