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08/16/2013 at 09:26 AM
Twenty-years ago on August 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law opened its doors for the first day of classes.  Our Founding Dean was Professor of Law Anthony J. Santoro.  While orientation for the incoming students was underway, Dean Santoro made the announcement of his new appointment as President of the Roger Williams College.  John E. Ryan was appointed Dean of the RWU School of Law in September, 1993.   Founding faculty still teaching at the law school are: Professors Louise Teitz (currently on a leave of absence), Bruce Kogan, and Michael Yelnosky....
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04/26/2013 at 01:08 PM
The Law School, the Office of Career Development, and the various student organizations offer numerous networking events throughout the academic year and even during the summer months.  By participating in these events, you have opportunities to meet movers and shakers in the state’s legal community and non-profits as well as judges, and prominent state and local politicians.  Also, attending these networking events enables you to become better acquainted with the law school administration, faculty, and staff in attendance. Here are some resources for you to consult for enhancing...
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04/18/2013 at 01:22 PM
A practicing attorney’s toolkit should contain the court rules for the jurisdictions in which she is practicing.  Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis publish compilations of state and federal court rules. In addition to the text of the rules, there may be Committee/Reporter/Compiler Notes offering a “legislative history” of the rule.  The “Notes” typically indicate an adoption of or a variation from the federal rule and might contain references to case law that prompted a revision to the rule.  As these are annotated publications, there will be “Notes of Decisions” to cases in which...
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04/11/2013 at 01:18 PM
In addition to the resources of the Office of Career Development, you can use LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law for job searching and career development.  These are great services for researching attorneys, law firms and companies such as cases involved in and news stories about. Bloomberg Law’s  “Career Insights” contains advice, suggestions, and tips from practitioners on topics such as career options, interviews, networking, your job search, professional development, and summer employment.  “Ask the Hiring Attorney” series of “Qs & As” are a must read before an...
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03/28/2013 at 02:52 PM
Our nation’s capital is a “happening” place!  For those who like to keep abreast of the activity of the three branches of government or want to work in one of them, here are some resources for you. The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times contains news on “law, lobbying, politics, crime, courts, business and culture.” Check out this blog for its coverage of U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments and decisions. Roll Call “has been the source of news on Capitol Hill since 1955.”  Useful for a writing project is news about federal policy by topical area. SCOTUSblog  is an amazing resource...
Posted by Library Blog
03/21/2013 at 11:29 AM
Free to students up to six months after graduation, the Bloomberg Law service offers a wide-variety of primary legal materials and secondary resources.  There is even a citator (like Shepard’s or KeyCite).  Secondary sources on Bloomberg Law include those published by the American Bar Association, BNA (e.g. topical reports) and Practising Law Institute.  Transactional law resources on Bloomberg include EDGAR and DealMaker documents and clauses, drafting guides and transactional treatises. Bloomberg Law also provides extensive coverage of court dockets and filings from courts...
Posted by Library Blog
03/06/2013 at 05:17 PM
The Law Library’s specialized Reference Collection is located to the right as you enter the library, in four stand-alone book cases, together with shelving that sits adjacent to the Main Computer Lab. You can use the resources in the Reference Collection to look up the meaning of a legal term of art, obtain tips for polishing a writing piece, find a pithy quote, or locate a biography of a judge for a clerkship, including contact information. One such gem within the Law Library’s reference collection is The Encyclopedia of Associations.  On-campus access to this resource is provided by...
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02/27/2013 at 07:26 PM
For those who are interested in a career in education or in education law, the Law Library offers various resources for your use.  Here are five selected resources to check out. The Chronicle of Higher Education is the publication offering the latest news, commentary and essays about public, private and community colleges and universities.  You can browse jobs by position type or conduct a keyword search.   Access to the Chronicle of Higher Education is controlled by IP address, so be sure to use the link from our Digital Resources page to get to the publication. Ursula...
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02/22/2013 at 10:16 AM
Due to an aging population, a growing area of law practice is elder law.  The 2013 February issue of the Student Lawyer includes the cover story Exploring Growing Areas of Law.  The growing areas of law mentioned in the article are elder law, insurance law, and foreclosure work. Profiled in the article are two elder law attorneys whose work involves helping families navigate a maze of estate, health care, financial, and other issues faced by their aged loved ones. They point out that it takes a very special personality to practice elder law because very detailed rules are being...
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02/12/2013 at 10:04 AM
Taking Trial Advocacy? Participating in trial team?  Intend to pursue a career as a litigator? Check out the resources offered by the Law Library for opening statements and closing arguments, direct and cross-examinations, motions, and jury instructions. Search the Law Library’s WebCatalog by keyword for recent publications by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the ABA Section of Litigation as well as many other publishers. To hone your trial and appellate advocacy skills, sign up to access the CVN Law School  to watch the video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video...