For 24 years, the Robert Cover Public Interest Retreat has been a highlight of the academic year for the law students, lawyers, and legal academics who are committed to the tough, but deeply rewarding work of public interest practice. Sponsored by SALT (the Society of American Law Teachers), this year’s program was sponsored by RWU Law and attendees from 27 law schools sold out the all available reservations.
Here is some commentary: first, from Hazel Weiser (Executive Director of SALT):
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A team of RWU Law students won the Best Brief award at the prestigious National Moot Court Competition last month in New York City.
With a phrase like “nuclear meltdown” being discussed in the news over the last few weeks, you might be interested in learning more about the governmental organization responsible for nuclear material safety and safeguards, nuclear regulatory research and nuclear reactor regulation in the United States. This body is called the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and was created by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5841).
For the fourth consecutive year, RWU Law has released a study that looks at one key form of faculty scholarly productivity – the publication of articles in top law journals. Because of the influence of the U.S. News and World Report rankings, schools in their top 50 tend to attract the lion’s share of attention. By focusing instead on schools outside the U.S.
An annual RWU Law tradition is a trip to Washington, D.C. that includes a reception for area alumni and a group swearing-in of alums at the Supreme Court of the United States. This year the ceremony added a wonderful new aspect: a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who graciously visited us at breakfast before the swearing-in and arguments for the day. Below is a reflection on that memorable day by Peter Pascucci (‘03).
Imagine if you were sitting alone in your apartment and a man began banging on your door and calling your name. He then demands you give him your 42" plasma TV for free because you promised it to him in an ad on Craigslist that you don’t know anything about. What would you do?
Have your studies kept you in a study room a little longer than scheduled? Have you returned a book after the due date or time? Would you like a chance to clear your fines and help others in need? Your opportunity has arrived!
From March 21st to April 1st, the law library is offering students the opportunity to help themselves and help others when paying off their accrued late fines by contributing to the East Bay Food Pantry or the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
As I sit here with Spring Break about to commence (mine has already started, since I don’t have classes on Fridays this term, but I’m in the library anyway) I have come to realize that I am now approximately half-way through the second semester of my 2L year. So, if my logic works correct I’m half-way past being half-way done? No? Ok, it was worth a shot and if you disagree, it’s my blog, so I’m allowed to make up benign things to amuse myself (trust me, you need to while in law school, regardless of where you go).
The Annual Public Interest Auction was a smashing success this year. Featured in the sleek downtown art gallery space Peerless Lofts and catered by Cuban Revolution, the auction hosted a record-breaking number of 300 guests, and was completely sold out in advance. Among the crowd were members of the legal community, the judiciary, students, and over 40 alumni, who gathered with faculty, staff, and students to gnosh, imbibe, mingle, and bid on over 100 silent and live auction items. The items up for auction included a box for 15 at the Paw Sox Game and the opportunity to th