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William Wray is a 3L at Roger Williams Law. He attended Georgetown University and Brown University for undergraduate, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Middle East Studies. Throughout high school and college he was involved in Mock Trial, which kindled his interest in litigation. At Brown he...



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Posted by William Wray
09/17/2012 at 09:18 AM
I was doing some “work” on the internet the other day – reading an author's answers to readers' questions about the background of a book he wrote – and he said this: “Sure I could explain [this technical question that you asked about] . . . . But without a narrative, our ability to care about such things is dramatically impaired. That’s why we need stories.” Not long after that I was out to lunch with a skilled trial lawyer who was touching on the difference between trial and appellate level advocacy. Some things don’t change, he said. Preparation. Demeanor. Utmost respect for the tribunal....
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11/09/2011 at 05:36 PM
It is customary, after an absence of a month or more from one’s blog, to profusely apologize because “I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to update.” Lies. Nobody is so busy that they literally do not have the time to type 800 coherent words. Given the average words per minute of twenty-something typists, 800 words = 15 minutes. What dilatory bloggers are really saying – or at least what I  am saying - is that for over a month I have found it uncomfortable to sit behind a keyboard and produce thoughtful content. Prepare yourself for yet another tortured allegory. I have been...
Posted by William Wray
08/31/2011 at 04:14 PM
Note to self - stock up on un-scented candles.   Irene came, Irene left. It was pretty terrible if you were a tree branch, inconvenient if you were any organism which appreciates electricity or plumbing, but otherwise, bearable.    And it wasn't all bad, either: Crises have a way of renewing our appreciation for home and all its fixtures - human and otherwise. “Hunkering” is the verb that captures the feeling for me. The dictionary definition staidly limits itself to 'taking shelter,' but for most, the word implies preparatory trips to the grocery store, foreknowledge of what...
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08/24/2011 at 08:23 AM
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08/04/2011 at 10:48 AM
It will be quite a transition to return to school after having worked this summer. To begin with, I can actually write again. By this I mean:  1) I can use non-mono-spaced fonts, which in addition to being less coma-inducing than Courier New, allow me to banish any thought of the arcane conventions attending double-spacing in court documents, and 2) I need not feverishly research a legal citation with which to end every sentence, no matter how obvious the proposition therein. (Cf. Legal writing.) Next – and I have mixed feelings about this – I can re-accustom myself to uninhibited, full-...
Posted by William Wray
04/24/2011 at 04:48 PM
Down for a weekend wedding at Jekyll Island, GA. As the presence of an immaculately maintained pitch attests, Jekyll Island is one of the few remaining resorts in the USA where one can play croquet with a straight face. Numerous sepia portraits of bewigged gentlemen explain in visual shorthand that rich Europeans began relaxing here in the early 18th century, and continued to do so for centuries, pausing briefly only to convert the labor force from regular slaves to wage slaves in the mid 19th.   In the early 20th JP Morgan and his Merry Band of Plutocrats moved in. They built sprawling...
Posted by William Wray
03/01/2011 at 11:10 AM
I'm off to Newark this Friday for a 'Representation in Mediation' competition. Newark probably wouldn't be my top destination city, but I have heard it's a lot like New York. Phonetically.   Important ways in which it differs:   1. Its streets are not what dreams are made of; 2. there is much that you can't do.   Mediation is a form of Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which is a fancy way of saying “anything that costs less than court.” Mediation makes a lot of sense for most clients, but less so for many lawyers. Lawyers are prone to seek out weaknesses in the other side'...
Posted by William Wray
11/30/2010 at 12:15 PM
To make up for my extra-long absence from the internets, this'll be an extra-long blog post. I recommend that the reader breaks his/her reading up into smaller fragments, taking breaks for coffee, fresh air, and less sesquipedalian prose.   I'm writing now from the Student Commons, which is mostly an undergraduate building. Though RW undergraduate students somewhat resemble RW law students, the distinction is obvious to a learned observer: The undergraduates lack that haunted, dead look to their eyes, a characteristic common to corpses and end-of-semester law students.   I eschewed...
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11/11/2010 at 07:38 PM
I won't improve upon this: PRESIDENT REAGAN: "Secretary Weinberger, Harry Walters, Robert Medairos, reverend clergy, ladies and gentlemen, a few moments ago I placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and as I stepped back and stood during the moment of silence that followed, I said a small prayer. And it occurred to me that each of my predecessors has had a similar moment, and I wondered if our prayers weren't very much the same, if not identical. We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the...
Posted by William Wray
10/05/2010 at 06:32 PM
Today in torts class we discussed the conditions under which the law states that an individual has an affirmative duty to act. Generally speaking, we don't have a legal duty to act to help one another.   To illustrate this, Professor Logan described the hypothetical scenario in which someone knocks on your door and informs you that by donating a mere $1, you can save a starving child's life, guaranteed. He also described a situation in which a lone bystander to a car accident simply walks by without helping the afflicted or calling for those who can. In both situations, there is no legal...