When I was applying to law schools, I saw these blogs written by students and wished that a student would write about their law school experience. Now I am a law student who has a blog and I thought it would be fitting to write my experience of law school so far. Before coming to law school, everyone tells you how busy you will be and how much reading and studying you will do. This is not a lie but, it is not completely true either. The workload is intense but, at least as I have experienced as a 1L, the workload is more than manageable.
With spring break 2013 on the horizon, I have been feeling nostalgic about my wonderful experiences from spring break 2012. Last year, I participated in an Alternative Spring Break Program, interning with United Mountain Defense (UMD) in Knoxville, Tennessee. This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting Tennessee’s watersheds, air, mountains, and people. The trip proved to be an amazing life experience that was not only educational, but also fun.
Since its founding in 1996, the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service has provided hundreds of RWU School of Law students with varied and numerous opportunities for pro bono service that benefit people in the local communities and beyond. If you are interested in learning about others in the legal profession who are passionately committed to providing pro bono service, here is a list of recent publications in the Law Library along with other resources from the American Bar Association.
Here are some pics from gatherings of enthusiastic alums in Rhode Island, New York, and Washington, D.C.
LAA Holiday Reception
Jenna Wims Hashway ’11, David Oliveira (Adjunct Professor), Professor Jorge Elorza
Over the semester break, one of the stars of the RWU Law junior faculty, Susan Heyman, had a rare treat: visiting the chambers of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as part of a delegation of law professors from across the nation. The occasion was the presentation of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education, reflecting Justice Ginsberg’s contribution to the evolution of the law in a career that has included law teaching, litigating on behalf of women’s rights, a decade as a judge on the
John Chandler and Brian Boone, both senior litigators at top law firms, recently debated the correct past tense of “plead” in a post for Legal Technology News. In “War of the Words: Pleaded vs. Pled,” Attorney Chandler states his reasons for using "pled" while Attorney Boone makes his case for the use of "pleaded."
The Law Library now offers even more access to recently published books via the Proquest ebrary. There are more than 70,000 e-books in 15 major subject areas. The law publications cover various topics in antitrust, business, environmental, immigration, international, history, litigation, and many more.
RWU Law is lucky to have one of the country’s leading academic experts on Domestic Violence, Emily Sack. She had a distinguished academic career before entering teaching (J.D., New York University; M.A., Columbia University; M. Phil., Columbia University; B.A., Swarthmore College) and worked at the ACLU and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, before joining the RWU Law faculty in 2001.
Liz Tobin Tyler recently shared her expertise about Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) at a national conference at Northeastern Law School and in a week-long visit to Australia.
For those who like to follow the latest developments in an area of law but do not have the time to read a lengthy news story or blog post, try following a Twitter account. A great resource to consult for information about law-related Twitter accounts is Justia.com’s LegalBirds. You can browse the LegalBirds directory of numerous categories and practice areas to find the perfect Twitter account.
Links to other useful resources from LegalBirds are: