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RWU Law: a Change Agent in the Ocean State

Posted by David Logan on 04/05/2010 at 10:00 AM

RWU Law is deeply embedded in the social fabric of Rhode Island, and its faculty, students, and alums play a variety of important roles in shaping its future.  For example, the January issue of Providence Monthly ran its “10 People Who Can Change the City” feature, and once again a member of the RWU Law family was featured…Kim Ahern (’09).  Kim was a hugely successful student: Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams Law Review and President o

ABA Techshow

Posted by Library Blog on 04/01/2010 at 12:00 AM

Held last month, the 24th ABA Techshow is the premier annual event showcasing cutting-edge technology used in the practice of law.  In addition to the vendor/service providers’ exhibits, the ABA Techshow offers sessions for attorneys and legal support staff who work in various legal settings.  There are programs for novices and experts alike on social networking, the paperless practice, litigation/trial skills, Macs, cloud computing, e-discovery, mobile practice, finance, and smart phone applications. 

You Got Into Law School - Now What?

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 03/31/2010 at 01:12 PM

First year you have no choice as to what classes you take or what your schedule will be like.  You will be assigned to one of three sections.  The people in this section will be your classmates, in every class, for the rest of the year.  So make friends.  These are the people you will need to rely on if you miss class and need notes, have questions about an assignment, or just want to talk something out.  The great thing about the students at this school is that the majority of the other students are willing to help you out in these instances.  It's not so comp

RWU Tops Duke (and Lots of Other Teams) in National Moot Court Face-Off

Posted by David Logan on 03/31/2010 at 10:00 AM

3L Ron Rose (Manlius, NY) and 2L J.P. Pruett (Harrisonburg, Va.) knew they had their work cut out for them; a team from mighty Duke stood between them and the championship in the twelfth annual Wechsler Moot Court Competition, the only national event to focus on substantive Criminal Law. Sponsored by the University of Buffalo Law School, this year’s competition involved issues arising under a Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

RWU Alums Sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Posted by David Logan on 03/23/2010 at 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, February 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law conducted its second United States Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony.

Prof. Elorza Appointed Judge in Housing Court

Posted by David Logan on 03/18/2010 at 10:26 AM

image of Prof. ElorzaWe were delighted to learn that Providence Mayor David Cicilline has appointed RWU Law’s Jorge Elorza, an Associate Professor of Law, to the Housing Court.  The Mayor lauded Jorge’s commitment to helping the poor among us find justice in the complex legal system.

My Secret Guilt (Although no longer a secret I guess)

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 03/12/2010 at 01:48 PM

How do you know if you’re doing the right thing?  Although this seems to be the main question of being in law school regarding so many issues, I am asking it in another realm.

I have three kids.  I am divorced, so although my ex gets visitation, I generally raise them on my own.  I knew I was taking a giant leap when I went back to school after my divorce, but figured it would be the best thing for my family in the long run, even if it made things more difficult presently. 

Defeating the Presumption of Study Group Studying

Posted by Heather O'Connor on 03/12/2010 at 01:44 PM

I remember when I started law school there was all this talk about study groups. Topics discussed were how to start one, how to organize your time during the study group, what to do if you’re not all your members aren’t on the same page, etc. I don’t really remember the issue coming up of whether or not you should even join a study group. It just seemed to be how you study in law school and what you should do. I watched as other students formed their study groups and began plunging into the typical law school study format.

The not so brief brief is finished! On to spring break!!

Posted by Peter Eraca on 03/12/2010 at 09:27 AM

As you may be aware, all 1Ls take a "legal methods" courts, essentially it is legal research and writing. The project for the spring semester is an appellate brief on some topic the LM faculty thinks up and gives us. The worst part about it is, it is the gatekeeper between you and spring break. Many students will stress for weeks on it, others won’t start even researching until the 11th hour. Now, my advice on the LM stuff, don’t wait to start, you’ll be sorry.

Mentorship

Posted by David Logan on 03/12/2010 at 09:23 AM

A big part of success in law school, as in life, comes from the support and advice of others.  At RWU Law we recognize the importance of mentorship in guiding students and helping them learn about not just success stories, but also strategies for overcoming obstacles, understanding strengths, and making smart decisions.  Students find mentors in lots of places.  For many, the most influential mentors are not people who were assigned as part of a program.  Rather, they are folks who take the time to ask the right questions and serve as a sounding board.  That