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.
The last issue of the RWU Law magazine contained a picture of my bobblehead collection and offered a prize to the entrant with who identified the largest number.
Here is the picture and below that is the answer key.
Marek Bute '05 was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA. (LGBT Attorneys Full Listing here)
A session with Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States
With the start of a new school year less than a month away, I wanted to highlight two signature events hosted by RWU Law. The first is the fundraiser for our unique Pro Bono Collaborative http://law.rwu.edu/pbc. The event garnered attention from Providence Business News (http://law.rwu.edu/story/pbn-pro-bono-collaborative-reception), which noted that the “ye