Here is a dispatch from Lydia Hanhardt, Director of our Diversity Programs:
I browsed through the other bloggers posts and I am beginning to think I am the only one who isn't currently in London doing the summer abroad program. Although I heard absolutely wonderful things about it, I went the internship route.
Ken Amoriggi (RWU Law class of 2009) is one of our many graduates who uses an RWU legal education to effect social change. Ken is Project Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Project, affiliated with Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ), an NGO dedicated to “building community by advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.” (Full disclosure—I am on the RICJ Board of Directors.)
There are only a few days left in July. This pretty much means that my summer is almost over. I have two weeks left of my internship, two weeks left until school committee and organization meetings start up, and only three more weeks until training for the criminal defense clinic and my other classes begin.
This summer has been especially exciting for Jacqueline Rolleri (2011) and Sarah Parker (2012), who won coveted positions with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Jackie serves as a Legal Intern for NOAA's Office of General Counsel for International Law while Sarah secured an Environmental Fellowship through the Office of Career Services and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; she works with Jeffrey Dillen, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ocean Services.
One of the ways that a law school projects its influence is through faculty appearances on the national stage, when they serve as what are termed “public intellectuals”—go-to sources for expertise on important legal issues. In recent weeks, three members of the RWU Law team were high visibility.
Friday was the last day of the London program and I thought it would be useful to leave you all with some of my concluding thoughts. As I have already mentioned, I never had the opportunity to study abroad when I was in my undergrad. So when I heard that RWU had a study abroad program in London back in January, I knew this was where I would be spending part of my summer. And boy am I glad I had the chance to visit!
It’s perfectly understandable why a century ago the superrich chose RI for their summer homes, because summer in RI is sublime. Much of the fun is on the water--the sailing and kayacking are world class (and RWU even provides students free kayacks for exploring Mt Hope Bay). There are also excellent beaches and even surfing. There is also alot for landlubbers, too.
In less than a month I will be gearing up for my second year of law school. I cannot believe how time has gone by and how weird it is to me that I’m starting 2L. Stranger yet, I can’t imagine how it will feel to see so many new faces in August and watch them embark on the epic journey of 1L year, a time both vivid and seems long ago. To the incoming 1Ls: Welcome, I look forward to meeting you all, feel free to ask questions, and enjoy the rest of your summer!
The weather was perfect: 77 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for the 15th annual Commencement Exercises for the Roger Williams University School of Law. The ceremony was joyous as 161 graduates enjoyed the award of a Doctor of Laws degree to the Honorable O.