Diving In

Posted by Brendan Schlander on 08/21/2011 at 02:36 PM

It is official, I (along with my fellow 1L's) have completed my first week of law school. And the verdict? The jury is still out...please excuse my bad lawyer puns. This week has been a whirlwind of meeting our section-mates and professors, figuring out where to sit and how to balance our schedules. Not-so-quiet whispers have already filled the hallways about which professors eased their students in and which ones put the already nervous 1L's on the spot from the get go. And then, as quickly as it started, it was over.

RWU Law + CALI + QR Codes = LibTours

Posted by Library Blog on 08/19/2011 at 12:00 AM

The RWU Law Librarians have joined with CALI to offer LibTours. LibTours are audio descriptions of various resources used in legal research (i.e. West’s Digests).

If you have a smartphone, you can install a free QR scanner app on your smartphone and scan the QR code (type of a barcode) printed on any one of the LibTour Audio signs located throughout the Law Library.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can  listen to a podcast or download an MP3 of the LibTours at    

Under the Radar to Over the Top

Posted by Brendan Schlander on 08/16/2011 at 02:56 PM

I have known for quite a while that after completing my Bachelor’s degree that I wanted to end up in law school. Where I wanted to go and what kind of law that I wanted to practice was a completely different story. At first, my search was based entirely on where I had a chance to get in based on my LSAT score and GPA along with what I knew about the schools from my undergrad search four years prior.

Kudos to Our ‘Under 40’ Standouts

Posted by David Logan on 08/16/2011 at 01:40 PM

Roger Williams lawyers featured prominently in two key “Under 40” listings issued in recent days: 

photo of Dana CastriconeDena M. Castricone '02, Murtha Cullina LLP
Dena was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA.

New Law Library Service: Law Guides

Posted by Library Blog on 08/16/2011 at 12:00 AM

For a quick and easy way to learn more about Law Library services and resources for legal research, check out the new Law Guides developed by the Law Library staff using the LibGuides platform.  Currently, there are several new and improved topical guides on a variety of subjects available with more in the pipeline.  There are Law Guides describing useful study aids for first-year courses, mandatory second-year courses, and popular upper-level courses.  There are Law Guides for the clinics: criminal d

Liz Tobin Tyler's Important New Book

Posted by David Logan on 08/09/2011 at 09:30 AM

Liz Tobin TylerI 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.

Pro Bono Collaborative Receives Vision Award

Posted by David Logan on 08/05/2011 at 09:50 AM

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

"The summer night is like a perfection of thought."

Posted by William Wray on 08/04/2011 at 11:48 AM

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.)

Seasoned Death Penalty Lawyer to Direct RWU Criminal Defense Clinic

Posted by David Logan on 07/29/2011 at 10:04 AM

Professor Priya Lakhi

Livin’ in the Ocean State: 2011

Posted by David Logan on 07/21/2011 at 09:50 AM

Summer is bliss in Rhode Island.  The sailing is great (teams from Roger Williams, Brown, and URI won national championships) and Newport is a world-class vacation destination, recently featured in the New York Times.