I am delighted to announce that my former Research Assistant, Luis Mancheno, has been selected for a position with the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) in New York City. This new initiative brings together some of the most promising recently-minted lawyers who are meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation. http://justicecorps.org/
An annual tradition at RWU Law, initated by our former Career Services Dean Tony Bastone, is Women-in-Law Day. Past speakers have included Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe v. Wade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Weddington and Susan Blakely Smith, a leading author on women in the legal profession http://bestfriendsatthebar.com/.
In addition to the advice offered by the Office of Career Development staff about your use of social media, there are various sources to consult about law students’ use of social media, in particular LinkedIn.
Last week was the last session of a remarkable class available to RWU Law students: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s "The Role of the Senate in American Government".
Here is how he described the course in his syllabus:
“This class is designed to foster an understanding of the Senate as an institution, within its surrounding contexts of constitutional structure, political combat and human character.”
In March 1964, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the Warren Court vindicated the watchdog role of journalists in the seminal case of New York Times v. Sullivan. Fifty years later, an impressive group of lawyers, judges, academics and working journalists gathered at RWU Law to discuss the case’s enduring impact and legacy.
Stressed over writing papers or your writing requirement? Well, stop stressing! Librarians staffing the Reference Desk can help you. They can show you resources for locating books and articles on your topic and materials for polishing your paper. If a book is unavailable in the Law Library, it might be available in the RWU Library. You can check out a book from the RWU Library by having your name entered into their library patron database. You will need to show your law school ID to the person staffing the Infor
RWU is rightly proud of the scholarly excellence of its faculty http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study and one of our top performers is Peter Margulies. This was proven out over Spring Break week when instead of chilling out, Peter appeared at not one, but two important programs on National Security.
Among the thousands of books published annually, the Law Library continues to purchase quality works on developing issues and contemporary legal issues. Some of these are scholarly treatises by law professors and others are “nuts and bolts” materials by practitioners who are experts in their field. The Law Library routinely buys publications from organizations such as the American Bar Association and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. We also collect e-books that can be accessed with one click.
One of our annual traditions is a pair of alumni-centered events in Washington DC: a cocktail reception for the many alums doing cool things in the DC area and then a swearing-in ceremony for eleven alums at the Supreme Court of the United States.
All right, maybe it wasn’t THE Great Debate (or even a serious proposition that was considered) but two popular members of the RWU Law faculty squared off in an evening of point and counterpoint, centered around two questions: first, should “The Law of Harry Potter” be a required law school course and second, if so, what course should it replace.