"Bloody Sunday” Remembered: Crossing the Bridge with Rep. John Lewis, VP Joe Biden, and AG Eric Holder
Day 3 dawned bright and clear for the last leg of our Civil Rights pilgrimage to Alabama, ground zero for the struggle to win the right to vote for all Americans. Our goal: follow Rep. John Lewis across the same bridge where 48 years earlier Alabama police brutally attacked him and 600 peaceful marchers trying to bring national attention to the lack of voting rights for Black southerners.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a project of the Association for Public Interest Law and is completely student driven and organized. This year, student leaders Marcus Swift and Tracy Harper organized ten week-long law-related public service projects. Rather than relaxing during spring break this year, 39 students participated in public service projects at organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia.
Free to students up to six months after graduation, the Bloomberg Law service offers a wide-variety of primary legal materials and secondary resources. There is even a citator (like Shepard’s or KeyCite). Secondary sources on Bloomberg Law include those published by the American Bar Association, BNA (e.g. topical reports) and Practising Law Institute. Transactional law resources on Bloomberg include EDGAR and DealMaker documents and clauses, drafting guides and transactional treatises.
Day 2 was spent in the Alabama capital of Montgomery, in many ways the most significant place in the Civil Rights Movement. This is where a courageous seamstress Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus that kicked off the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which tens of thousands of ordinary citizens protest continuing segregation in public life. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/press-pahttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-usa-ros
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.