Changing of the Guard: New Crop of Student Leaders Take the Reins

Posted by David Logan on 05/22/2014 at 11:27 AM

With the end of the academic year looming, student groups have elected the leaders for the 2014-15 academic year. Here they are:

Student Bar Association: Anthony Sinapi

Roger Williams Law Review: Meghan Kruger

Moot Court: Danielle Dufault

American Bar Association Law Student Division: Michael Muehe

American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter: Jason MacKeen

Celebrating the Tenure of Dean Logan

Posted by Tom Peterson on 05/22/2014 at 10:39 AM

After eleven years as Dean, Dean David Logan is going to be stepping down as Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law and returning to teaching full time at the Law School.  On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the School of Law took a moment to honor Dean Logan's service as Dean in a ceremony renaming the main conference room on the second floor in his honor.  I had the chance to attend the ceremony and wanted to share some of the photos from the event. 

Marine Affairs Honors Student Stars

Posted by David Logan on 05/20/2014 at 03:55 PM

It has been another great year at the Marine Affairs Institute. On Tuesday, April 15, our partners at Rhode Island Sea Grant hosted the 4th Annual Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Colloquium. The Colloquium showcased the work of our Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows this past year. Law Fellows are second and third year law students who work with outside organizations that have questions of marine law or policy. The Law Fellow Program is another example of RWU Law’s commitment to experiential learning.

Learning Corporate Law from Corporate Lawyers

Posted by David Logan on 05/16/2014 at 02:10 PM

One of our hugely successful efforts to give our upper-level students the chance to hone their lawyering skills before graduation is our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program, run by one of the most dynamic members of our faculty, Professor Cecily Banks. The program places RWU Law students in the offices of select RI and Mass companies, and enables the best kind of skills training: on-the-job.

Saluting the Pro Bono Accomplishments of the Class of 2014

Posted by David Logan on 05/13/2014 at 04:09 PM

As we wrap up exams and head into the summer, we always take a moment to salute the pro bono accomplishments of the graduating class. Students, faculty, staff, and the many lawyers and judges who supervise our students as they get valuable on-the-job training while fulfilling our 50-hour mandatory pro bono requirement gathered in Providence to salute student dedication.

There are really two parts of the program: recognition of the winners of individual awards, and the students who substantially exceed the 50 hour requirement. The award winners are:

Summer is Coming

Posted by Tom Peterson on 05/13/2014 at 11:14 AM

First, I would like to apologize for the amount of time between my last post and this one.  It has been a hectic semester and it is amazing how fast time flies!  I finished up my last final last Thursday and I have been able to take a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past semester.  Overall, the classes were great and with finals in the rear view mirror it is a blessing.  We won’t find out our grades for another month or so, but it is just good to have them finished. 

Mighty Quahogs, Old and New, Compete at UVA

Posted by David Logan on 05/09/2014 at 11:20 AM

The Mighty Quahogs Softball Team has become a tradition at RWU law, playing not just in New England, but also at the national tournament held at the University of Virginia each year.

Students in RWU Immigration Clinic Notch Important Wins for Clients

Posted by David Logan on 05/06/2014 at 04:17 PM

A signature program at RWU law is our Immigration Clinic, where upper-level students get hands-on experience representing clients trying to navigate the incredibly complex immigration system. Building on past successes, Clinic Director (and RWU law alum) Deb Gonzalez and her students continue to seek and obtain justice for the vulnerable among us.

RWU Makes Quarterfinals, Falls to Eventual Champ William & Mary in National Admiralty Competition

Posted by David Logan on 05/02/2014 at 12:59 PM

RWU has a robust moot court program that runs all year with students competing internally (the Esther Clark Competition, judged by the RI Supreme Court) and externally, as extramural teams travel to a broad array of national competitions, like the championship we won last month in the National Religious Liberty Competition, sponsored by George Washington Law

Judges Reflect on Importance of Diversity

Posted by David Logan on 04/29/2014 at 10:08 AM

RWU Law and the Thurgood Marshall Law Society recently held the 11th annual Diversity Symposium Dinner, and once again, a mix of high school, college, and law students joined an impressive array of lawyers and judges for dinner and discussion at the Providence Marriott. This year’s event was special for a number of reasons, not least a panel of five judges discussing their deeply personal stories en route to the bench.