After a much-needed Thanksgiving break, the scene at RWU Law changed drastically. Final exams were right around the corner, a seemingly-terrifying, unique experience for us as 1Ls.
As we reach the end of a remarkable fall semester of programming—including not one but two visits from Justices from the United States Supreme Court http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor-and-rwu-law and http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 - we now pivot to an exciting lineup of programming for the coming spring.
It seems hard to believe but my first semester of law school is complete and Winter Break is upon us. It is great to have a couple of weeks off to relax, rest, and enjoy time with friends and family. Having two weeks off is a luxury that I haven’t had in almost 25 years, so I will definitely enjoy that.
The first semester flew by, and with my first set of Law School Finals in the rearview mirror, it is a good opportunity to reflect on tests in Law School.
The annual Law Alumni Holiday Party in Providence was especially fun this year because of the addition of two noteworthy events, the receipt of a gift from the leading regional law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan and the awarding of our annual Alumni Public Service Award.
The close connection between Adler Pollock & Sheehan and RWU Law is manifest in the terrific alums who practice there (pictured below). We also saluted Hans Bremer (‘08) on his outstanding pro bono work in practice, no surprise given his dedication to helping the underserved during his law school years.
The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork.
When you are tired of studying, here are three suggestions for your break:
Enjoy a good laugh by perusing Stu’s Views law cartoons, created by two Harvard law school grads. There are over 2,000 cartoons covering legal topics, law personnel, legal life, and cases.
One of the great opportunities for RWU Law students is their chance to develop lawyering skills under the close watch of leading trial judges. This year is no exception as Superior Court Justice Stephen Nugent presided over the final trial at the end of a semester of instruction from fellow Justice Dan Procaccini, in his courtroom! 3Ls Leticia Tavares, Angelo Catanzariti, Sharlene Rossi, and Marcus Swift were the student advocates. Judge P’s bottom line: “Both Justice Nugent and I were very impressed with the professionalism, preparation and passion displayed by these students.
In June we were saddened to learn of the death of David Rice, who was a valued member of the RWU law faculty from 1997-2012. David was a multi-talented man, who had the rare ability to keep reinventing himself professionally. After a distinguished career at Columbia Law School and a plum clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, David held tenured positions at Boston University and Rutgers-Camden, before coming to Roger Williams.
Going into 2013, RWU law students already had a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, but we have recently added two very popular options: our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program (where students do transactional work at leading regional employers (like the Boston Red Sox, Textron, and CVS) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-launching-our-new-house-counsel-externship-program and our Communi
I am pleased to announce that one of the young stars of the RWU Law faculty, Michael Burger, has received recognition for his excellent writing. Michael was recently awarded the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship for his article "Environmental Law/Environmental Literature" in the leading journal Ecology Law Review. The award was presented at West Coast Rhetoric Scholarship Workshop at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law.