Law students spend many hours each day pouring over the decisions handed down by top appellate courts, but rarely get to see, first-hand, how this law is made. That is not a problem for this crop of RWU Law students, because yesterday they could simply enter our courtroom and witness oral arguments in 5 cases docketed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Beginning with this October Term, the audio recordings of all oral arguments heard before the U.S. Supreme Court will be freely available at the end of each argument week. Options are to download the recordings or listen to them at the Court’s website. To access the recordings, click "Oral Arguments" and then "Argument Audio" or click on "What’s New" on the site’s home page. The recordings will be listed by case name, docket number, and the date of the oral argument.
Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner.
Today in torts class we discussed the conditions under which the law states that an individual has an affirmative duty to act. Generally speaking, we don't have a legal duty to act to help one another.
Each year, Equal Justice Works gives Summer Corps Standouts awards to 10 Summer Corps members who are working on innovative projects in communities around the country. RWU Law 3L Heather O'Connor was selected as one of nine students from a pool of 400 across the country to receive an award last year and the honor went this year to David Ellison. Below is a dispatch on David’s summer.
This past Saturday I tried to forget the fact I am in law school and had a ton of work due on Monday and enjoy life. After my youngest son’s football practice, my parents, my kids, and I drove up to a local corn maze. Unfortunately, right before we got there, my daughter got sick, so my mom and her went back to my parent’s house. But all the boys and I continued on to get lost within the corn.
This past Saturday I tried to forget the fact I am in law school and had a ton of work due on Monday and enjoy life.
After my youngest son’s football practice, my parents, my kids, and I drove up to a local corn maze. Unfortunately, right before we got there, my daughter got sick, so my mom and her went back to my parent’s house. But all the boys and I continued on to get lost within the corn.
With the impending visit by the First Circuit Court of Appeals to the School of Law on October 6, you have received (via email) the appellate briefs filed in the cases scheduled for oral argument on that day. Did you wonder how you could find those and other briefs? Two excellent resources are LexisNexis and Westlaw. Their databases contain numerous, but not all, briefs from the U.S.
Actually, lunch was provided. One of the things I love about law school is actually not provided by the law school. It's the clubs. Specifically, the Federalist Society. This group puts on the best talks, often during the lunch hour, and often with Panera Bread providing sandwiches. So, lets recap: (1) great talks; (2) free lunch. Need I say more? Ok, I will. The talk I attended yesterday was on the role of international "law" and foreign laws in the interpretation of the US constitution.
RWU Law is proud to have an institutional climate that is LGBT friendly. From openly gay faculty and staff, to active involvement in LGBT programs around the country (Assistant Dean Michael Boylen chairs the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee), to a large, and active student group, the Alliance, we are dedicated to this important aspect of diversity in word and deed.
It has been pretty easy to get into the groove of being in school again after being out of school for five years now. It helps that the RWU campus is so beautiful, as being able to see the water and smell the salt air in between the intensity of classes really helps clear the mind. RWU is situated on a little slice of beautiful RI coastline, and I make it a daily routine of mine to go down to the koi pond on campus and sit for a bit to get some serenity.