25 Lucky 1Ls Get to Hang Out with a Legal Legend

Posted by David Logan on 11/18/2011 at 09:45 AM

RWU law is proud of all of its graduates, but there is a special place in our heart for Betty Anne Waters (’98), whose amazing legal journey was the basis for the 2010 movie Conviction. A single Mom with a high school GED, Betty Anne went to community college, then college, and then (RWU) law school, and passed the bar with a single goal in mind: freeing her brother Kenny who was serving a life sentence for murder. Betty Anne’s passion and resourcefulness were rewarded when Kenny was freed through work with the Innocence Project.

2011 Clark Competition a Thriller

Posted by David Logan on 11/15/2011 at 10:20 AM

The most recent edition of our flagship intramural forensic competition was, as so often in the past, a display of supremely prepared and talented finalists, before the Justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, in our own courtroom.  Nick Nybo had to make a tough argument: that the Supreme Court of the United States would create an exception to its controversial decision in Smith v. Oregon, and recognize a parent’s right to refuse to follow a school ban on foods that had religious significance to members of a small religious sect.

Saluting a RWU Law Student/Soldier on Veterans Day

Posted by David Logan on 11/10/2011 at 08:48 AM

While the Roger Williams Law community is focused on teaching and learning the law, it is good to take a moment to look outside our institution, indeed outside of our state and nation on this Veterans’ Day to recognize the bravery of armed forces personnel, past and present.  A special shout out to Lt.

New Law Library Database: CASEMAKERX

Posted by Library Blog on 11/09/2011 at 06:11 PM

CASEMAKER, a legal research service available to members of the Rhode Island Bar and 27 other state bar associations, is now accessible to you free of charge in the law school version, CASEMAKERX.

On Waterskiing

Posted by William Wray on 11/09/2011 at 05:36 PM

It is customary, after an absence of a month or more from one’s blog, to profusely apologize because “I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to update.”


Nobody is so busy that they literally do not have the time to type 800 coherent words. Given the average words per minute of twenty-something typists, 800 words = 15 minutes.

Justice Breyer's Visit, v. 2

Posted by David Logan on 11/08/2011 at 04:07 PM

After delivering his Con Law class, Justice Stephen Breyer adjourned to the Bay View Room to meet student leaders. The vibe was decidedly informal, as the pics below show.

Question: What do law firms want in their new hires? Answer: Business 101!

Posted by Library Blog on 11/04/2011 at 02:16 PM

An April 2009 article in the New York Law Journal contained the results of a survey of practice chairs, hiring partners, and recruiters about what new attorneys most need to know to hit the ground running: Business Skills!

A storm is brewing...

Posted by Brendan Schlander on 11/04/2011 at 01:59 PM

...and I am not talking about the October nor'easter. November for a 1L is a complete whirlwind, and I think that, along with my classmates, I will have a lot to be thankful for about 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. First of all, if anyone is interested in doing a psychological study, they could find an incredibly fascinating focus group if they polled 1L's the weekend before our first memo submission was due. The neurosis was palpable and entertaining. On top of that, all of our doctrinal professors are dropping not so subtle hints about finals and how fast they are approaching.

A Supreme Court Visit

Posted by David Logan on 11/03/2011 at 10:39 AM

Roger Williams University School of Law got a rare and fascinating view from the top of the profession last week, when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States visited campus. In an extremely busy half day, Justice Breyer taught a Con Law II class, met with student leaders, and sat for a revealing “Fireside Chat” with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya (a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit).

Like HeinOnline? “There’s an App for That!”

Posted by Library Blog on 10/28/2011 at 11:15 AM

Like HeinOnline?  “There’s an App for That!”

iPhone and iPad users can now access the Law School’s HeinOnline subscription anywhere via a dedicated application.  Download the free HeinOnline app from the AppStore and then complete this setup while on campus:

Add the RWU proxy server information to your device wireless settings:

1. Go to your iPhone or iPad general "Settings"