Commencement 2014 was our chance to say congratulations and so long to the terrific class of 2014, award honorary degrees to two outstanding judges and one excellent lawyer, and wrap up the celebration of our twentieth anniversary.
This first installment focuses on back stage preparations for the big event; later installments will focus on the actual ceremony and the after party.
The CED Clinic had a very busy and exciting second semester! The students represented fourteen clients throughout Rhode Island, held a brief advice legal clinic at the Center for Women and Enterprise, and conducted a two-hour informational session to Johnson and Wales University students on legal basics for entrepreneurs. The Clinic forged ties with community organizations, including signing on as a member of a network that won a $28,500 planning grant to carry out a worker cooperative incubation project in Central Falls. Students worked on a variety of issues.
Each spring, in the week before Commencement, we host a fancy reception for the graduating class at the Glen Manor mansion in nearby Portsmouth. This year was especially fun, as we said goodbye to an absolutely top shelf SBA president Steve Sokolov and a terrific group of future leaders in the bench and bar.
With the end of the academic year looming, student groups have elected the leaders for the 2014-15 academic year. Here they are:
Student Bar Association: Anthony Sinapi
Roger Williams Law Review: Meghan Kruger
Moot Court: Danielle Dufault
American Bar Association Law Student Division: Michael Muehe
American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter: Jason MacKeen
After eleven years as Dean, Dean David Logan is going to be stepping down as Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law and returning to teaching full time at the Law School. On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the School of Law took a moment to honor Dean Logan's service as Dean in a ceremony renaming the main conference room on the second floor in his honor. I had the chance to attend the ceremony and wanted to share some of the photos from the event.
It has been another great year at the Marine Affairs Institute. On Tuesday, April 15, our partners at Rhode Island Sea Grant hosted the 4th Annual Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Colloquium. The Colloquium showcased the work of our Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows this past year. Law Fellows are second and third year law students who work with outside organizations that have questions of marine law or policy. The Law Fellow Program is another example of RWU Law’s commitment to experiential learning.
One of our hugely successful efforts to give our upper-level students the chance to hone their lawyering skills before graduation is our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program, run by one of the most dynamic members of our faculty, Professor Cecily Banks. The program places RWU Law students in the offices of select RI and Mass companies, and enables the best kind of skills training: on-the-job.
As we wrap up exams and head into the summer, we always take a moment to salute the pro bono accomplishments of the graduating class. Students, faculty, staff, and the many lawyers and judges who supervise our students as they get valuable on-the-job training while fulfilling our 50-hour mandatory pro bono requirement gathered in Providence to salute student dedication.
There are really two parts of the program: recognition of the winners of individual awards, and the students who substantially exceed the 50 hour requirement. The award winners are:
First, I would like to apologize for the amount of time between my last post and this one. It has been a hectic semester and it is amazing how fast time flies! I finished up my last final last Thursday and I have been able to take a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past semester. Overall, the classes were great and with finals in the rear view mirror it is a blessing. We won’t find out our grades for another month or so, but it is just good to have them finished.
The Mighty Quahogs Softball Team has become a tradition at RWU law, playing not just in New England, but also at the national tournament held at the University of Virginia each year.