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Hi. I’m Michael, a RWU Law Class of 2013 graduate. I’ve traveled all over, from summers spent hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, to an archeological dig on the Island of Crete, Greece. I’m also a former small business owner. My background is varied, as is the direction...



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Posted by Michael Rekola
08/26/2013 at 09:36 AM
Life is one continuous story.  Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order).  You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity.    Within the past year my life has gone from middle, to end, and ultimately to a beginning.  An odd order or flux but that’s because the current trajectory of my life began in the Fall of 2010 when I accepted an offer for admission at Roger Williams...
Posted by Michael Rekola
05/15/2013 at 12:52 PM
Growing up I was always told the same thing.  Words that rang clear and brought dreams of the future filled with hopes and adventures that were captivating while simultaneously engulfing. Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… I had never known what the words truly meant, nor do I still know what they mean. This is because it seems that when one takes on a new task, challenge, or endeavor they simply do not realize the consequences that can flow from something seemingly so innocent.  When I was twelve and my mother signed me up for Boy Scouts...
Posted by Michael Rekola
03/01/2013 at 03:20 PM
Law school is a tedious journey, not for the faint of heart.  Law school is more akin to marathon then anything else I can think of and if you allow me to continue the metaphor, hopefully I can provide some insight. A few years ago, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I ran a marathon”.  I mean what a big personal accomplishment that would be.  I would feel like king of the world. I’d be able to put those 26.2 bumper stickers all over my car, and I’d even get a cool medal to showcase in an office one day.  But before I dove into training, I did some research first.  In...
Posted by Michael Rekola
02/11/2013 at 05:52 PM
Over the weekend, us New Englanders got slammed by a storm named after a Disney cartoon character.  Although the weather service has stated that the Nemo was named for its Ancient Latin definition (“No one or No Man”), it afforded me the opportunity (or the pain, however you see it) to catch up on some of my classes like Federal Income Tax.  Although my house was luckily saved from various power outages and the freezing temperatures, I was snowed in with my law books, a package of Oreos, and our dog Monty.   Unfortunately many of my law school friends and fellow...
Posted by Michael Rekola
11/04/2012 at 10:34 PM
Inspiration is a funny thing.  It can come a quick as lightning, be fostered by friends, or take years to strike.  Its no surprise that I am unaware of what my future holds.  I was never one of those law students who entered law school immediately knowing that the goal was to be a trial attorney, a professor, or even an in-house counsel.  So for my three years in school, I have strived to try all manner and facets of the law.  Some areas I have thrived in, like contract drafting, while others I have floundered at, like torts. Some opportunities I made the best of,...
Posted by Michael Rekola
10/16/2012 at 07:25 PM
Over the weekend, Felix Baumgartner, aka “Fearless Felix” became the first human to sky dive at a rate faster than the speed of sound.  By accomplishing this extreme challenge, Fearless Felix completed a life long goal of being the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.  He also broke the record for highest manned balloon flight (at 120,100 ft.) and highest free-fall jump at the same altitude (nearly 24 miles above sea level).  If you were one of the ones watching this task whether on the Internet, television, or radio then you were probably like me, glued...
Posted by Michael Rekola
10/08/2012 at 10:26 AM
Being a law student, most days are filled with breakfast, reading, class, reading, reading, lunch, class, reading, reading, dinner, reading, one TV show to relax, bed, and repeat. However this past week offered a way to break the daily routine of class and reading.  I experienced something new and exciting!  I was able to attend the Business Innovation Factory Annual Conference (BIF-8) as a scholarship recipient.  This was a rare opportunity that all of my professors collectively thought was worth an absence in their respective classes (that is rare in itself-- teacher approval...
Posted by Michael Rekola
09/25/2012 at 12:23 PM
So the first few weeks of my 3L year are in the books and, boy, does it seem like this semester is going to be a busy one. The motto for this semester can best be explained from the old Navy SEAL adage, "the only easy day was yesterday." Besides my commitments to my class schedule, the internship with RIDOT (which was just extended until I graduate!), and my regular responsibilities, I added a whole new set of obligations. Last semester, I had the opportunity to apply for and was granted a position at RWU’s Immigration Clinic.  This prestigious opportunity will afford me the chance to...