I am delighted to announce that Carolina Academic Press has published Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership. The lead editor of this path-breaking new book, Liz Tobin Tyler, is the Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships at Roger Williams Law.
In 2006, the School of Law launched an exciting program, The Pro Bono Collaborative, to see if we could leverage the untapped resources of Rhode Island’s law firms, community-based organizations and law students’ budding professionalism and energy to increase the provision of free legal assistance to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities. Many of our pro bono projects involve broad reaching legal strategies, such as educational workshops and legislative advocacy. The PBC also facilitates direct representation pro bono projects in substantive areas of the law that are normal
It will be quite a transition to return to school after having worked this summer. To begin with, I can actually write again. By this I mean:
1) I can use non-mono-spaced fonts, which in addition to being less coma-inducing than Courier New, allow me to banish any thought of the arcane conventions attending double-spacing in court documents, and
2) I need not feverishly research a legal citation with which to end every sentence, no matter how obvious the proposition therein. (Cf. Legal writing.)
Two of our faculty stars, Jorge Elorza and Michael Yelnosky, received important professional recognition in recent weeks.
Our 8th Annual Diversity Symposium Dinner was more proof of the role Roger Williams School of Law plays in enhancing the “pipeline” for minority students into the legal profession. Approximately 70 judges, lawyers, high school, college and law students plus law school and college professors and administrators gathered at the Providence Marriott for an evening of discussion about immigration in the United States.
On June 10, legal writing professors, mostly from New England, but also from law schools in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, joined us for a thought-provoking conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers.
Three to Get Ready: Three Different Perspectives on Getting Students “Practice Ready,” featured some of our recent alumni and also faculty, including Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, who is a judge by day and a popular member of our Adjunct Faculty by night.
A lot has happened since the last time that I blogged. I finished my second year of law school and had a great spring semester. I was in the Immigration Clinic and it was by far the best experience of my law school career. It’s important to understand black letter law, but what really matters are practical lawyering skills. It’s one thing to sit down and apply law to a fact pattern on an exam, but when someone’s life is on the line, it makes everything learned in law school real.
Evidently my idea of posting another blog before the end of the school year was---unsuccessful. To atone I will post an extra long one.