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Winter Break, Finally

Posted by Melanie Shapiro on 12/28/2010 at 09:23 AM

 

The stress of exams is over.  The stress, though fun, of cleaning the house and hosting Christmas is over.  Taking down the ornaments and the Christmas tree couldn’t be a better metaphor of my much-needed decompression following finals.

 

An Impressive Outcome: May 2010 Graduates Bar-Pass Results

Posted by David Logan on 12/21/2010 at 01:20 PM

Massachusetts State SealThe numbers are in and – I am very pleased to report – the news is very good indeed: 2010 was another banner year for bar-pass results.  Nearly 85 percent of our May graduates sat for the bar in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, or some combination thereof. Of those, 89 percent passed in at least one state. 

The Passing of a Friend

Posted by David Logan on 12/21/2010 at 09:46 AM

Photo of Joe FernandezI am sad to announce the death of a close friend of the School of Law, Joe Fernandez. Joe was well-known in the RI legal community as the City Solicitor under Providence Mayor David Cicilline and most recently as a candidate for RI Attorney General. Joe also ran President Obama’s primary and general election efforts in Rhode Island (Joe was a classmate at Harvard Law School).

Moot Court Kudos

Posted by David Logan on 12/16/2010 at 12:00 AM

A key indicator of a law school’s ability to produce excellent boots-on-the-ground lawyers is its student performances in moot court competitions – intramural, regional and beyond.

Advice for New Law Professors: Finding Balance

Posted by David Logan on 12/09/2010 at 12:00 AM

photo of Prof. Keeva Terry 

RWU Law a National Leader in Marine Law

Posted by David Logan on 12/03/2010 at 01:47 PM

Providence Business News laid it out in an article published this past summer: “Roger Williams University School of Law has quietly become a national leader in the field of marine law.” Any doubters need only have sat in on a session or two of the extraordinary meeting of minds that comprised the Marine Affairs Institute’s 8th Marine Law Symposium entitled “Taking Stock:  The Magnuson-Stevens Act Revisited,” held here last month.

Best Movies for Law Students

Posted by Library Blog on 12/03/2010 at 12:00 AM

Love movies and the law? Then check out the book "Movie Therapy for Law Students" (New Books Display, KF287 .B83 2009). The author describes the legal themes from over thirty movies released between 1939 and 2008.

The Opportunities of the Criminal Defense Clinic

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 12/02/2010 at 07:00 AM

This semester has been insanely busy, but I have absolutely loved every minute of it and would do it all over again if I could. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to litigate to take the criminal defense clinic. Working with clients and being in court is so much more fun and real than sitting in a classroom reading case law. It will also help you make the decision whether criminal defense work is for you.

Relaxation Techniques -- Breathing

Posted by Academic Support Blog on 12/01/2010 at 03:44 PM

Everyone feels stressed during exams.  Since stress is natural, don't worry about being stressed (which only makes you more stressed).  Instead, there are several simple ways you can get your body to help you to calm down.  One of the best ways is to practice some simple breathing techniques:

Breathing to Balance Tension (from Ronald N. Mancini)

1.  Sit in a comfortable position with feet flat on the floor and arms uncrossed.

2.  Breathe in deeply to your abdomen.  Let yourself pause before you exhale.

Law Crack, LOLCats, and James Bond.

Posted by William Wray on 11/30/2010 at 12:15 PM

To make up for my extra-long absence from the internets, this'll be an extra-long blog post. I recommend that the reader breaks his/her reading up into smaller fragments, taking breaks for coffee, fresh air, and less sesquipedalian prose.