Last weekend, a group of law school alumni returned to Bristol and Providence to visit old friends and meet new ones. I attended each of the four events that made up the weekend, and at each I came away convinced that our alumni are not just great lawyers. They are great people. They are warm, kind, and generous. I am proud to be the dean of their law school.
Here are some pictures from a weekend full of great moments.
Aidan’s Pub, Bristol, RI – Friday evening September 26th
Keeping abreast of the criminal justice and evidence areas of the law can be a time-consuming proposition for a law professor. Of course, I regularly read the Criminal Law Reporter and other periodicals. However, being a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of Attorneys representing indigents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is an effective and satisfying way to keep current while also providing a service to the most needy and also, hopefully, to the courts.
Attorneys maintain their knowledge of the law and legal practice skills through continuing legal education.
As 1Ls, law students begin to learn how to think and write like a lawyer, the foundations of the law, and basic legal research. The library offers three instructional programs that supplement and augment first year legal research instruction, designed to help "practice make perfect" for legal research and office technology skills.
How many students, alumni, faculty and staff can fit into the neither small nor large backyard of the Barron-Yelnosky home for the Fall Public Interest Pot Luck dinner? Turns out at least 112.
The mere thought is enough to strike fear into the hearts and minds of law students. Yet a hardy band of RWU grads has found that tax law can offer a promising career path. It does require some extra effort, though. In the years since I returned to full-time teaching, thirty or so of our graduates have moved on to earn LL.M.s in Taxation from some of the best graduate tax programs in the country – B.U., Villanova, Georgetown, Florida and Miami, among others. This fall, two more RWU grads are joining that group.
Q: Why did the robot go on summer vacation?
A: He needed to recharge his batteries.
Whether you are spending your summer interning, clerking, or recharging your batteries, if you are away from the RWU Law Library remember that the librarians are still here to take your calls and help with your research.
Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw offer summer access to continuing students as explained in our LawGuide Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw @ RWU Law: Summer Access.
For the graduating 3Ls, this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times. You can take off your backpack, put away your highlighters, relax and enjoy the Commencement festivities.
While this is your first time being a law graduate, it is not your first time at a graduation. It is interesting to note that so much about graduation is ritual.
A book came across my desk recently and its title sparked immediate interest. It is called Legally Chocolate: A Confection of Cocoa in the Courts. According to the back of the book, “[e]ach chapter focuses on interesting legal cases or regulations relating to chocolate, using authentic, relevant, and amusing case law and references that are sure to sweeten the reader's experience” (pun intended?).
The good news is that you have made it to exam time and the bad news is that sometimes exam time can be stressful. The library’s collection contains resources in print and online that provide information on how to help manage exam stress.