Justice Elena Kagan came to Rhode Island to join in two important celebrations: the 250th anniversary of the oldest synagogue in the United States - Touro Synagogue and the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter for the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and the Roger Williams Law community was out in force for both events, as well as an invitation-only reception at the Federal Courthouse in Providence.
RWU Law is very proud of its students who are affiliated with the U.S. armed forces, one of the highest callings in our democracy, and two received special recognition over the summer.
Matt Sinnot chose to hold his formal promotion to First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in the law school building, in front of proud parents, faculty, staff, and classmates (who went through their own “boot camp” with him - the first year of law school!). Matt is a founding member of one of our newest and most active student groups, the Military Law Society.
Labor Day, celebrated yearly for more than a century, is more than just a holiday marking the end of summer. It celebrates the achievements of the American worker. The History Channel and the U.S. Department of Labor are great sources for information about the history of the holiday and the labor movement in the United States.
In what is becoming annual recognition of the impact our grads are having on the community, the Providence Business News once again profiled a number of our terrific alums. The publication requires that the person be less than 40 years old and have demonstrated “career success” and a "commitment to making a difference on a local, national or international scale.”
Here are the 2013 honorees:
Jessica Cleary’00, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD
Life is one continuous story. Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order). You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity.
August 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. His speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. According to the Our Documents website, the march was the largest demonstration for human rights in U.S.
Believe it or not, the new school year is up and running – and we have already welcomed a terrific batch of future RWU lawyers.
There are 115 students in the Class of 2016, equally balanced between men and women. Their average age is 25. They are notably diverse, with 25% hailing from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, and they speak many languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, Cantonese, and Hindi. Their professional backgrounds are also diverse, including folks who have worked as:
The RWU Law community officially kicked off its 20th Anniversary year at the annual Law Alumni Association (LAA) breakfast held in conjunction with the Rhode Island Bar Association's annual meeting. The breakfast brought together judges, lawyers, alumni, faculty, and staff to reflect on the school's milestone anniversary.
Deborah Pannullo’97 and Professor Michael Yelnosky
One of the stars of our faculty, Michael Yelnosky, is making quite a name for his empirical work on the judicial selection process. His initial focus was the state level, and a conference he organized critiqued the ways judges have been selected in Rhode Island, reaching some interesting, indeed controversial conclusions. http://law.rwu.edu/story/professor-yelnosky-leads-judicial-selection-forum
Twenty-years ago on August 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law opened its doors for the first day of classes. Our Founding Dean was Professor of Law Anthony J. Santoro. While orientation for the incoming students was underway, Dean Santoro made the announcement of his new appointment as President of the Roger Williams College. John E. Ryan was appointed Dean of the RWU School of Law in September, 1993.