The Roger Williams Law family gathered in the Rotunda at Citizens Plaza to celebrate the holiday season (replete with jokes about Gov. Chafee’s “holiday tree”), and as a bonus helped the U.S. Marine Corps with their “Toys for Tots” program. This was the first such event with our new President, Dr.
When Princeton Review released its 2012 edition of “The Best 167 Law Schools” – an influential Zagat Guide-style review largely based on 18,000 law student interviews – Roger Williams received a very strong assessment from its students.
As the only law school in the state, RWU Law has unique opportunities to co-sponsor events with other leading educational institutions, like our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs (a signature joint J.D./M.M.A. program) and our Medical-Legal Cooperative with Brown Medical School
I am glad to report that the latest edition of Super Lawyers magazine has identified almost 50 of our graduates as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars.” The magazine identifies attorneys in each state who are chosen by peer review and independent research as the top practitioners; the “Rising Stars” category focuses on lawyers under age 40 or who have been practice for less than ten years.
The Office of Career Services recently presented two excellent programs, showcasing the remarkable array of career paths available to those with a Juris Doctor degree.
We just got word that the Supreme Court of the United States has granted certiorari to hear United States v. Southern Union, a case which was litigated in the Roger Williams Law School in October, 2010. That hearing, before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, not only featured top federal judges and litigators, but a rare opportunity for our law students to quiz the judges afterward.
For over a decade now, we have offered our students a unique option for summer studies: our Program in London, run by English Barrister Robert Webster, is a unique opportunity for experiential learning which places our students in the chambers of leading barristers and judges.
Election Day 2011 brought a double dose of good news for Roger Williams Law as two members of the family (both Class of 2005 alums) won mayoral slots in cities immediately flanking the Ocean State: to the east in Fall River, Mass., and to the south in New London, Conn.
Both victories carried more than passing political impact. In Fall River, Will Flanagan ‘05 – the city’s youngest-ever mayor, elected in 2009 at age 29 – proved his success was no fluke by handily winning a second term. And in New London, Daryl Finizio ‘05 became that city's first openly gay mayor.
After an intimate conversation with RWU Law’s student leaders, Justice Breyer returned to the Appellate Courtroom for the day’s grand finale – a revealing “Fireside Chat” (well, actually the fire code doesn’t permit a fireplace) with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya, a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit.