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.
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:
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.
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.
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 http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-law-students-impact-lives-experiential-learning-opportunities, Clinic Director (and RWU law alum) Deb Gonzalez and her students continue to seek and obtain justice for the vulnerable among us.
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
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.
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Now in year nine, RWU Law students gave up a spring break of hanging to learn how the law works in the real world by participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Sponsored by our Association for Public Interest Law, this year’s effort was ably headed by two dynamic 2Ls, Danielle Dufault and Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, and saw RWU Law students honing their lawyering skills at:
• Bronx Defenders (Bronx, NY, Public Defender)
• Brooklyn Defender Services (Brooklyn, NY, Public Defender)
• Clean Water Action RI (Providence, RI, Environmental Law)
RWU Law was an active participant in the RI Urban League’s annual Community Debate. This terrific event, hosted by Brown University, brings urban youth from around the state, pairs them with volunteers from the community, and gives them experience in public speaking via an informal debate tournament. Co-chaired by Congressman David Cicilline and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, RWU Law provided deans (Logan and Lalli), students (Nicole Verdi, Marcus Swift, and Erlin Rogel), and alums (Angie Cooper, Dionney Garcia, and John Dorsey) to the effort.