Held just two weeks after the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, RWU Law’s 9th Marine Law Symposium tackled the legal implications of climate change on ocean and coastal communities. Shifting Seas: The Law’s Response to Changing Ocean Condition brought together an unprecedented array of leading legal practitioners and scholars, scientists, and planners from across America, and even an Arctic expert from Norway!
The results are in and the class of 2012 passed the July 2012 Rhode Island bar exam at a record-breaking clip of 88%! This brings the pass rate for all first-time RWU takers in Rhode Island (combining the February and the July administrations of the exam) to an impressive 86%, easily surpassing the state average of 81%.
Bottom line: RWU alums continue to set the bar for their peers!
Once again, the law school fully participated in the ABA’s Pro Bono Celebration Week with an inspiring speaker and recognition of the incredible array of student public service work and pro bono activities through our signature program, The Pro Bono Collaborative.
Well the 2012 Esther Clark Moot Court competition is in the books, and the crowd at the finals this year was treated to an excellent, very close match-up between 2Ls Antonio Viana and Thomas Pagliarini. The competitors deftly handled a firestorm of questions raised from the Rhode Island Supreme Court, making relatively bloodless preemption issues actually interesting. The justices later commented that besides the excellence of the advocacy, the final decision was “very close” (actually a 3-2 split decision) in favor of Antonio.
The crown jewel of moot court is the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored for over 60 years by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Virtually every law school in America participates in a regional, with upwards of 1,000 competitors, so most law schools send their best competitors, and the regionals are the first stop on what can be a journey to NYC for the championships in the spring. http:
Student Group Celebrates Veterans Day, Hosting Dignitaries, Honoring the RWU/ Armed Forces Connection
The RWU Law Military Law Society (MIL) conceived and directed our first-ever Veterans Day Celebration. On a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon, dignitaries including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and RWU President Dr. Donald Farish were in Bristol to celebrate those from Roger Williams Law who have, and are, serving.
In addition to the excellent resources of the Academic Success Program, here’s a review of the various study aids offered by the Law Library.
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The roof was raised recently when the RWU Chorus and the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir gathered in the University’s Global Heritage Hall for an evening of soul-stirring gospel music. The students, led by Chorus Director Jonathan Richter, enthusiastically performed three numbers before Prism of Praise, one of the real treasures of the Ocean State, took the stage for an hour of truly uplifting music, which had the whole place singing, swaying, and enjoying fellowship.
We all had to take a lot of steps to get to law school. This opportunity for us means a missed opportunity for someone else. We can easily lose sight of that especially with our final memos being due in a week and exams being right around the corner. Don’t forget this because when things seem impossible you can think, “I was smart enough to make it here, and I am smart enough to get through (fill in the blank but the blank is probably exams).”
The Massachusetts Bar Examiners have released the results of the July administration of its bar exam, and, once again, RWU Law grads performed at a very high level, leading all regional law schools in the overall pass rate, as well as the pass rate for first-time takers. Coming on the heels of a very high pass rate in Connecticut (“RWU Tops Regional Law Schools on Connecticut Bar Exam”) this is even more evidence that RWU Law gives its graduates the tools they need to succeed.