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.
Last weekend, a group of law school alumni returned to Bristol and Providence to visit old friends and meet new ones. I attended each of the four events that made up the weekend, and at each I came away convinced that our alumni are not just great lawyers. They are great people. They are warm, kind, and generous. I am proud to be the dean of their law school.
Here are some pictures from a weekend full of great moments.
Aidan’s Pub, Bristol, RI – Friday evening September 26th
Keeping abreast of the criminal justice and evidence areas of the law can be a time-consuming proposition for a law professor. Of course, I regularly read the Criminal Law Reporter and other periodicals. However, being a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of Attorneys representing indigents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is an effective and satisfying way to keep current while also providing a service to the most needy and also, hopefully, to the courts.
Attorneys maintain their knowledge of the law and legal practice skills through continuing legal education.
As 1Ls, law students begin to learn how to think and write like a lawyer, the foundations of the law, and basic legal research. The library offers three instructional programs that supplement and augment first year legal research instruction, designed to help "practice make perfect" for legal research and office technology skills.
How many students, alumni, faculty and staff can fit into the neither small nor large backyard of the Barron-Yelnosky home for the Fall Public Interest Pot Luck dinner? Turns out at least 112.
The mere thought is enough to strike fear into the hearts and minds of law students. Yet a hardy band of RWU grads has found that tax law can offer a promising career path. It does require some extra effort, though. In the years since I returned to full-time teaching, thirty or so of our graduates have moved on to earn LL.M.s in Taxation from some of the best graduate tax programs in the country – B.U., Villanova, Georgetown, Florida and Miami, among others. This fall, two more RWU grads are joining that group.
According to the EPA, "a brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant." An example might be an old factory or abandoned business and the EPA estimates that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S.
Trying to figure out how to do a lot of work in a limited period of time is difficult. It is one of the most difficult parts of law school and of law practice. Mastering time management skills can lead to greater success meeting deadlines and minimizing stress.
The center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a non-profit law school consortium whose mission includes to assisting a diverse audience in the effective use of technology in legal education. It was incorporated in 1982 by the University of Minnesota Law School and Harvard Law School. In 2015, nearly every US law school is a member, including RWU Law.