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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
01/07/2009 at 01:00 AM
The month of January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, depicted always as a man with two faces, one looking ahead, and the other behind. It is fitting that this is the month that marks the halfway point for me between the beginning and end of law school. With a year and half under my belt and a year and a half to go, I’m amazed at how my life has been changed, mostly for the better. In the past 18 months I moved halfway across the country, met some of the best friends I have ever had, lived through some of the most difficult challenges of my life thus far, and set foot on a total of...
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12/08/2008 at 01:00 AM
I look up from the books and it is December 8th already, two days to my first final as a second year student. I can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone by, and I know that I have been remiss in my duty to this blog. But honestly, I haven’t been able to catch even half a breath over the past 4 months. From the time I returned from Europe and starting writing my brief for Moot Court, it has all been one big blur. Traveling to DC for Equal Justice Works, spending a weekend in New Orleans working on passing the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, arguing in front of the Rhode Island Supreme...
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11/03/2008 at 01:00 AM
Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to present oral argument in front of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. A fellow classmate and I had made it to the final round of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition, presided over by the five top legal minds in Rhode Island. Needless to say I was nervous. I’ve performed in theatrical productions all across the country, asked a question of the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, sung the National Anthem, but nothing was as nerve-wracking as this experience. People kept telling me, “oh, but you’re used to being in front of a crowd.” Sure I am....
Posted by Hala Furst
10/13/2008 at 12:00 AM
I just returned from Washington DC and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. DC is great. Whether you spend time in hip Adams Morgan, gentrified Georgetown, up on the Hill or at Dupont Circle, there is always something going on. It is a young city, with very few lifers. People come from all walks of life to work with, against, or beside the federal government, and it makes for an amazing mix of cultures. Not many are really from DC, but the steadfast few that are wear their city pride like a tattoo. It is a city built on power and influence, and if you can trade either you might...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/05/2008 at 12:00 AM
If the first year of law school is the frightening sprint down a dark and blind alley, the second year is a long, uphill slog, carrying baggage you didn’t even know you had. The job search, which at times can seem like an exciting look into all the possibilities that a law degree can offer, and other times seem to be an exercise in self-destruction, is incessant. The work load is intense, with the very dense subjects of Con Law and Evidence topping off whatever electives you have picked. The safe harbor of your section has been ripped asunder, as everyone goes about their days in a new,...
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09/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Meta-Studying So as I lay on my futon, reading a literal mountain of cases, watching Raising the Bar on TNT, I realize two things: 1. Zach Morris needs a better hairdresser, and 2. I have gone through the looking glass. Just as Grey’s Anatomy somehow made the drudgery of spending hours on end covered in other people’s blood, never sleeping, and generally becoming emotional train-wrecks sexy for medical students, so this show attempts to make the grueling hours spent pushing along the machinery of the criminal justice system seem “hot”. I’m not entirely convinced, but that might just be...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/07/2008 at 12:00 AM
The second year has started off at a record pace. Already we’re two weeks in, one week which was short, in fact, and I’m once again up to my eyeballs in school work, extracurriculars and clubs, and the added stress of second year: the job search. I barely feel like I had a summer this year, and already I’m looking for a job for next summer. This is kind of ludicrous, really, when you think about it. After one year of law school I’m supposed to know what kind of law I want to practice, where I want to practice, how I want to practice, all of it. The reason for this is that if you’re very lucky...
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08/24/2008 at 12:00 AM
Have you missed me? I’ve missed all of you. I have not really been able to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now a 2L. It seems like just a week ago I was struggling my way though Sibbach and Schlagenhauf. A year has passed, and yet I find myself once again spending all day in the Library on the last Sunday before classes begin, this time finishing up the Moot Court Clark Competition Brief. Oh, and reading Con Law and Admin for tomorrow as well. Right back into the fire. The summer has given me a lot of time to reflect on whether the reasons I came to law school are the reasons I’m still...
Posted by Hala Furst
08/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
Writer’s note: I wrote this while traveling in London. I simply cannot say enough good things about the program! There are few greater thrills in life that hearing a man in a wig and a robe use something you, a mere American student, told him in chambers to question a barrister in open court. Perhaps that needs some context. For the last week and a half, I have had the privilege of sitting on the bench of the Croydon Crown Court, immediately to the left of His Honour Judge Kenneth MacRae. In front of me, I see a courtroom laid out in a similar fashion to one in the US, but with striking...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everybody. As you know it has been finals time around these parts, and we just finished last Saturday. It still seems strange to think that I am finished with my 1L year. It hasn’t really hit me yet, for a variety of reasons, but one of which is that this week is the Law Review Write-On competition, so many of us are still working 14 hour days trying to get onto next year’s Law Review by submitting a comment or a note. It’s interesting work, but to be completely honest, it is exhausting. I think they do this on purpose; make you submit right after finals, when you are already emotionally,...