The crowning achievement for many 3Ls is the opportunity to serve as a law clerk to a judge after graduation. Judicial clerkships provide a great transition from the ivory tower of law school to practice, and often yield a mentor/mentee relationship that lasts a lifetime (as was the case for me). http://law.rwu.edu/sites/law.rwu.edu/files/flipbooks/spring2012/index.html#/20/
Annual Trip to DC Nets a Face-to-face with Justice Sotomayor and a Capitol Tour by Senator Whitehouse
A signature RWU Law event is a coveted spot in the annual trip to Washington, D.C., which enables students to meet with leaders of the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive Branch all in a couple days.
This year’s highlight: after hearing arguments in two cases on the Court’s morning docket, they were treated to a private session with the newest member of the Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. She graciously signed copies of her best-selling book, My Beloved Life (which is flying off the shelf).
The Law School, the Office of Career Development, and the various student organizations offer numerous networking events throughout the academic year and even during the summer months. By participating in these events, you have opportunities to meet movers and shakers in the state’s legal community and non-profits as well as judges, and prominent state and local politicians. Also, attending these networking events enables you to become better acquainted with the law school administration, faculty, and staff in attendance.
On February 20, 2003, a fire engulfed “The Station,” a small nightclub in rural Rhode Island, killing 100 and severely burning many more.
One of the traditions at RWU Law is the trek south for the annual national law school softball championships, hosted by my alma mater, the University of Virginia. The Mighty Quahogs have performed well in the past http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-mighty-quahogs-successful-season-ends-virginia and this year was no exception.
RWU Law has many close links to Boston. We have alums practicing law there. Retired faculty and one current faculty member reside there. Current students have externships in Boston. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-laun... More specifically, Professors Yelnosky and Brown actually ran in this year’s marathon (thankfully not hurt), as did 1L Ryan McCaffery (also fine).
A practicing attorney’s toolkit should contain the court rules for the jurisdictions in which she is practicing. Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis publish compilations of state and federal court rules.
This was the 20th year of the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, held this time in the beautiful seaside town of Charleston, South Carolina (the Newport of the South?). While RWU Law won the whole shooting match in 2009 (the talented trio of Amanda Argentieri, Brian Eisenhower, and Ben Sussman), this year’s RWU Law team (Chris McNally, Kyle Smith, and William Yost) also performed superbly, picking up a “Best Brief” Award and losing by a fraction of a point to Richmond in the championship round.
RWU Law is rightfully proud of the many ways in which its students can gain invaluable practical experience, and one of the most popular of these programs is our Criminal Defense Clinic, where students handle misdemeanors in RI District Court. However, every once in a while what begins as a small case in a lower court actually makes its way to the big stage, i.e, the Supreme Court.