The Marriot Hotel in Newport was once again the venue for the Barristers’ Ball, the night when everyone looks sharp and has a blast. Besides lots of fun, the SBA recognized the leading student groups with annual awards:
• Outstanding Service Program of the Year
o Association for Public Interest Law (Alternative Spring Break)
• Outstanding Co-Sponsored Event
Faculty Spotlight on Andrew Spacone: Bringing Decades of Sophisticated Corporate Work to RWU Students
RWU Law has an excellent core faculty: highly credentialed (more than 80% have degrees from at least one of the following schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Virginia, Michigan, Chicago, Penn, NYU, and Georgetown), well-published http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study, and very effective in the classroom http://law.rwu.edu/blog/student-satisfaction-their-rwu-law-faculty-remains-hig
There’s still time this semester to learn more about the wealth of resources for legal research or improve your skills using Lexis Advance and WestlawNext. You still have time to take advantage of the Prepare for Practice Certification Program class offerings coming up. Even if you are not pursuing certification, you can learn more about the following from the Librarians:
An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school.
HeinOnline offers a wealth of resources for legal research. You can print pdfs of law review and bar journal articles. You can locate a wide variety of federal administrative, executive, legislative, and judicial materials. You can search foreign, comparative, international, and United Nations documents.
HeinOnline continually adds new content. Recently added is the HeinOnline collection for Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.
Randall Kennedy Delivers the 6th Thurgood Marshall Lecture, Shares Fascinating Insights and Anecdotes
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow http://law.rwu.edu/blog/harvard-law-dean-martha-minow-delivers-thurgood-marshall-memorial-lecture and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.)
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research.
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power.