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My name is Hala Furst, and I am a 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the three years between graduating from college and arriving here in Bristol, RI, I worked as a hotel concierge for a luxury brand, a loan officer and mortgage...



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Posted by Hala Furst
05/14/2010 at 10:21 AM
I had anticipated the end of law school to arrive with some amount of fanfare, and perhaps that feeling will come next week, at graduation. But when I finished my last final exam at 9pm on Tuesday, I wasn't filled with a feeling of exhilaration, but my old familiar friend, exhaustion. That test ended like the dozens of others I've had over the past three years, with my mind spinning and the nagging feeling that I'd forgotten to mention a key point.  But the next morning I woke up at 8am, same as always, despite purposefully leaving my alarm unset. I put on the coffee, I started the...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/25/2010 at 12:15 PM
When you graduate from law school, you do so in regalia. Regalia, in turns out, means a long black robe with purple velvet panels, a "hood", which is actually more of a cape, covered in the colors of your school (blue and gold, in RWU's case), and a tam. A tam is a black velvet, wide, UFO-like hat with an affixed golden tassel. While the point may be for us to look dignified, I find it impossible to believe that the result of tam and robe-wearing will be anything less than a bunch of ludicrous, Facebook-worthy photos.  Yet I love my tam. When I picked up my regalia I was Christmas-...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow. Not that my break will be that relaxing. Unlike first...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/05/2009 at 01:00 AM
Today marks the beginning of the reading period for my last set of fall finals in law school. My nostalgia is predictably overcome by concern that I will fail the two exams I do have. But third year gives you some perspective. The fear that motivated you in first year is totally gone, and the worry about summer jobs etc. that motivated you in second year is long past. The desire to do well and the desire to take a nice long nap is directly at odds, unfortunately. So the question becomes, what does motivate you in your final year, especially when the siren song of “senior-itis” is so lovely...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
As I type this, I’m sitting up on the third floor, in the Moot Court cubicle, taking a break from researching an 8th Amendment argument for the Nationals Competition. It is raining cats and dogs outside, which I don’t mind, since I’m relegated to spending this weekend tethered to 5 pounds of westlaw printouts. The wind is howling, the timer on the motion sensor lights keeps going off, and I’m trying to figure out where the evolving standards of decency in American punishment jurisprudence has left us. Not every weekend is like this, though. Last weekend I traveled down to New York to spend a...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/16/2009 at 12:00 AM
I’m trying to plan a party at my house, just an informal gathering of some friends, some food, some wine, and delightful conversation. But when I got out my day planner, lo and behold, once again my weekends are chock full from here until November. I don’t really know how it happens. One week my date book is full of vast, open expanses of white paper, the next week, I have to double book things. In the next 6 weeks, I’m going to take a trip to Iceland and the UK, head to Washington, D.C. for the Equal Justice Works Job Fair, entertain my parents on a visit from the mid west, and try to...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/31/2009 at 12:00 AM
So begins my last year of law school, and quicker than I thought I could remember them, my old habits are back. I have once again become a slave to the little white box that houses every document of importance in my life, typing away on the third floor into the wee hours, so late and so alone that the lights shut off and I have to flail my arms wildly in an attempt to get the motion sensor to pay attention to me. This time it is not schoolwork but the post-grad job search that motivates me. But, I’m hoping if I put my nose to the grindstone for the next couple of months, I’ll be able to find...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Answer: sigh.... unfortunately, yes. It’s that time of year again, kiddies, and once again I’m fighting the urge to run down to the patio at Aidans, enjoy the beautiful weather in the East Bay, and pretend that I didn’t decide to come to law school. Some days I wake up, look around, and ask myself why the heck I decided to spend my mid-twenties slaving away in front of a computer, prisoner to my own need for perfection. But then the next day comes, and some exciting opportunity like visiting the SCOTUS, or externing at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, or working this summer at the US...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
Looks like I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties. I looked back and saw that I haven’t posted anything since February, and so much has happened since then. The Public Interest Auction, Barrister’s Ball, Spring Break, and just last weekend, a trip to DC to hear arguments in front of the Supreme Court and meet Justice Alito and Senator Whitehouse. Those who read this blog with any frequency will know that I love DC, and would like one day to live there. If I could get a job, that would be great too. DC has a great energy, and I think it’s an energy that any law student would vibe on. Everyone...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/12/2009 at 01:00 AM
This past weekend I travelled with five other Moot Court Board members to Regent University in Virginia Beach to participate in their National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. We sent two teams, each team consisting of two oralists and one brief writer. For my team, made up of 2Ls, it was the first time any of us had competed outside of the in-house RWU competitions like the 1L Mini Moot and the Esther Clark Competition. Not knowing what to expect, we prepared incessantly, knowing that you can never really anticipate all of the questions a judge will throw your way. We made a strong...