The Law Library’s Legal Information Reference Center

Posted by Library Blog on 05/11/2011 at 12:00 AM

If you are seeking a quick overview of a particular area of law with a how-to approach via your computer, then browse the Law Library’s Information Reference Center database. This resource offers 320 full text publications published by Nolo, a provider of legal information for consumers and small business.

Deepwater Horizon Legacy

Posted by David Logan on 05/10/2011 at 12:34 PM

In the run-up to the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, we used our in-house marine and tort law expertise to gather experts to explore the far-reaching legacy of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  Journalists, lawyers, scientists, Gulf of Mexico residents, and economists came to campus to ponder the lasting legacy of this tragedy. The law school community plus dozens more professionals in the audience were treated to expert speakers across disciplines examining complex questions such as how can we avoid another Deepwater?

Face Time with Justice Elena Kagan

Posted by David Logan on 05/04/2011 at 11:50 AM

photo of Justice Elena KaganIn recent years, the RWU Law community has had unparalleled access to the Supreme Court of the United States.  At the top of the list has to be the extended visit to campus of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and we look forward to a campus visit next year from

Young Alum Goes from Law Clerk to Advocate in RI Supreme Court

Posted by David Logan on 04/28/2011 at 01:49 PM

One of the challenges for junior lawyers at big firms is the chance to have real responsibility for important matters.  I can report that one of RI’s leading firms breaks with the mold, as it assigned a case in front of the RI Supreme Court to Adam Ramos (RWU Law 2006).   Adam was a star student here, and then he went on to serve as a law clerk for Associate Justice Frank Flaherty of the RI Supreme Court before signing on to Adler Polack & Sheehan.  But if it wasn’t enough of a big deal to actually argue the case, Adam faced off against one of the leading lawyers in

Going to miss the library this summer?

Posted by Library Blog on 04/28/2011 at 11:21 AM

 Don’t worry, you can call us, visit us, or chat with us on-line!

The reference librarians at RWU Law Library are available and eager to help students and recent graduates with legal research, especially during the summer. A librarian can be reached:

 ·         via e-mail at,

RWU Hosts RI Judiciary, Spotlights Pro Bono Collaborative

Posted by David Logan on 04/26/2011 at 10:46 AM

One of the great things about being the only law school in a state is the opportunity to develop deep and broad relationships with the judiciary.  Leading federal judges Bruce Selya (US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit) and Will Smith (District Court of Rhode island) are popular members of our Adjunct Faculty who teach signature courses that they in whole or in part developed and deliver.


Posted by William Wray on 04/24/2011 at 05:48 PM

Down for a weekend wedding at Jekyll Island, GA. As the presence of an immaculately maintained pitch attests, Jekyll Island is one of the few remaining resorts in the USA where one can play croquet with a straight face.

End of the year say what?

Posted by Brynna Gang on 04/23/2011 at 04:49 PM

Worst blogger ever. 

     I have been a bit um, horrible about posting. I think of posting often because there's so much going on that is interesting but there just hasn't been the time!

   So here's what's been going on...

1) Oral Arguments

Oxford University Press Databases

Posted by Library Blog on 04/21/2011 at 12:00 AM

The Law Library’s Oxford University Press databases allow you to access a wealth of world-class scholarship and foreign and international court opinions at your finger tips!

Alums All Over the News

Posted by David Logan on 04/19/2011 at 02:09 PM

Our alums have been popping up all over the news lately:  …from being elected to head the state GOP,  to being appointed to fix the Rhode Island DMV, to representing high profile criminal defendants, to representing the ACLU and testifying before the legislature.