Being the only law school in a state yields RWU students many benefits, regardless of whether they choose to remain in RI after graduation, and this past semester is proof why:
Students got to interact with leading jurists;
The 2012 bar exam cycle proves once again that a Roger Williams legal education is a great springboard to a successful career. In our three key states, our graduates exceeded the state averages for first-time takers on the July exams, achieving a 90% pass rate in CT, and an 86% pass rate in RI and MA. And, in the states that release comparative data, RWU grads surpassed our regional peers:
Our own Professor Carl Bogus has achieved national prominence on Second Amendment issues. He has testified before Congress, published widely in top academic journals, appeared on National Public Radio and in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, and the Providence Journal.
This week he is being cited in the conversation raised by the massacre in Newtown.
The “Constitutional Law Prof Blog,” featured “Carl Bogus on Second Amendment Constitutional Scholarship”:
On a faculty of distinguished scholars, RWU law is especially lucky to have Peter Margulies, who since 9/11 has become one of the country’s most prolific and respected scholars in the area of National Security.
Held just two weeks after the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, RWU Law’s 9th Marine Law Symposium tackled the legal implications of climate change on ocean and coastal communities. Shifting Seas: The Law’s Response to Changing Ocean Condition brought together an unprecedented array of leading legal practitioners and scholars, scientists, and planners from across America, and even an Arctic expert from Norway!
The results are in and the class of 2012 passed the July 2012 Rhode Island bar exam at a record-breaking clip of 88%! This brings the pass rate for all first-time RWU takers in Rhode Island (combining the February and the July administrations of the exam) to an impressive 86%, easily surpassing the state average of 81%.
Bottom line: RWU alums continue to set the bar for their peers!
Once again, the law school fully participated in the ABA’s Pro Bono Celebration Week with an inspiring speaker and recognition of the incredible array of student public service work and pro bono activities through our signature program, The Pro Bono Collaborative.
Well the 2012 Esther Clark Moot Court competition is in the books, and the crowd at the finals this year was treated to an excellent, very close match-up between 2Ls Antonio Viana and Thomas Pagliarini. The competitors deftly handled a firestorm of questions raised from the Rhode Island Supreme Court, making relatively bloodless preemption issues actually interesting. The justices later commented that besides the excellence of the advocacy, the final decision was “very close” (actually a 3-2 split decision) in favor of Antonio.
The crown jewel of moot court is the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored for over 60 years by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Virtually every law school in America participates in a regional, with upwards of 1,000 competitors, so most law schools send their best competitors, and the regionals are the first stop on what can be a journey to NYC for the championships in the spring. http:
Student Group Celebrates Veterans Day, Hosting Dignitaries, Honoring the RWU/ Armed Forces Connection
The RWU Law Military Law Society (MIL) conceived and directed our first-ever Veterans Day Celebration. On a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon, dignitaries including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and RWU President Dr. Donald Farish were in Bristol to celebrate those from Roger Williams Law who have, and are, serving.