The week of January 19-23, 2015 marks RWU Law's 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, a time during which the law school observes the many contributions of Dr. King (and others) to the Civil Rights Movement. As in past years, multiple events and activities have been planned for this year's celebration week.
On December 19th, the RWU community gathered at One Empire Street to announce the signing of a lease that will provide the School of Law with more, better, and new space to pursue its mission. We w
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence. It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges attending. It has been a long-standing tradition that attendees are asked to bring a gift to donate to the annual Toys-for-Tots toy drive and this year was an overwhelming success with two large bins full of to
The Office of Career Development recently hosted the fall session of their Exploring Your Options event in the RWU Law Atrium. An array of attorneys attended the event to share information with our law students on what it is like to work in different areas of the legal industry, focusing on the public sector.
A majority of the employer representatives in attendance were alumni of the School of Law, which allowed students to have more in-depth and personal conversations about transitioning from law student to legal practitioner.
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our nation and society. (Cada año, del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebramos en los Estados Unidos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que es una oportunidad para dirigir la atencion nacional a las contribuciones de la comunidad hispana a la sociedad estadounidense.)
As the shortest day of the year approaches, it can be uplifting to recall the long, bright days of summer. Just months ago, across practice settings and across the country, many of our students used the summer months to gain valuable experience, make connections, and experiment – to look for that space in the vast network of legal careers that will provide them professional and personal satisfaction.
Here, three of our students share their experiences from the past summer:
CHRISTINE K. CASTRO, 2L
In a hard-fought battle, Brett Beaubien edged out John Ryan Henry in the finals of the 19th Esther Clark Moot Court competition. The competition drew a large crowd of faculty members, attorneys, students, and even participants' family members. The Rhode Island Supreme Court graciously dedicated its time and wisdom to judge these talented oralists.
RWU Law has always been more affordable than most of our peer schools. Last year we took a bold step and widened that gap considerably by reducing our tuition by 18% and freezing tuition for each year of a law student’s course of study. We recognized what too many schools want to deny - that the job market for lawyers has softened and that reducing graduates’ debt makes it easier for them to find their way in that market.
On September 18th, Gerry Riskin delivered the 3rd Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture. Riskin directed the attention of the lawyers in the packed house to the disruptive changes in law practice taking place all around them, and he made provocative predictions about truly revolutionary changes on the horizon.
In what has now become a familiar end of term development, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2014 expanded the rights of corporations, in this instance to include the right to exercise religion.