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Posted by Peter Eraca
02/26/2010 at 11:47 AM
Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy...
Posted by David Logan
02/24/2010 at 12:00 AM
Congratulations to newlyweds Jennifer Coliflores‘11 and Eric Rosenthal of Pawtucket, R.I. who were married before TV cameras and family and friends in January.  The couple won the grand prize of a $40,000 wedding in a contest sponsored by NBC10 WJAR and Video Excellence.  The grand prize included the ceremony officiated by daytime-tv star Judge Frank Caprio, and a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, wedding music, photography, videography, wedding attire for both the bride and the groom, wedding rings, invitations, the honeymoon, planning services, hair and makeup,...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/18/2010 at 11:13 AM
This past week was a very, very long week.  There’s a study somewhere that states Roger William School of Law Students have earned the ranking of one of the highest, if not the highest score, regarding how many hours per day a student here studies.  Please don’t ask me where I read this study right now because it is 10:30 on a Sunday night and I think I put in over 35 hours of studying this weekend alone.  I’m tired.  But I remember reading the results and wondering why we earned this particular title.  Are the students here more competitive?  Did the school...
Posted by David Logan
02/18/2010 at 12:00 AM
During the week of January 18, RWU Law held its 5th Annual M.L.K. Celebration.  Throughout the week members of the law school community participated in activities designed to commemorate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Through service and learning we reflected on the changes in the civil rights movement and the ways in which we can make a difference in our communities.  On the Monday holiday, a group of students and staff had a “Day On” (instead of a day off) by rolling up their sleeves to paint at the Roger Williams Middle School in south Providence....
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/17/2010 at 04:26 PM
Have you ever felt like you were behind, didn’t know where the time went, and that you probably won’t catch back up? Yeah, I feel that way right now. Today, someone said we were in week 5 (ok, he said 7, but I double checked for accuracy) and I did a mental double take. I couldn’t believe we had already gone through 1/3 of the semester. Thinking back to the first semester everything seemed to go by exceptionally slowly. That doesn’t really change. One thing I’ve realized while being here is that the weeks seem to go buy slowly, but when looking back they go by like lightning. It is probably...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 01:39 PM
Since the day I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to be called for Jury Duty.  In 1999, the day finally came.  I received my little Juror’s Card in the mail informing me I had been selected to serve.  I felt as though I had just won the lottery!  I had been SELECTED!!!  (No calling me dork or any of the other names you’re thinking in your head right now.)  There was one problem though.  The date I was scheduled to serve was very soon after my second child’s due date.  I could have checked that little box that claimed I wanted to reschedule, but nope, I was...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 01:26 PM
The first few weeks, or maybe even months of getting called on was scary.  I was envious of those people that could be in the hot seat and it seemed like just an ordinary conversation between them and the professor.  That person is not me.   Whenever I get called on – correction, whenever I hear the professor even start to say, “Ms. . .” – I can feel my blood start to boil and all the facts, issues, and ideas I had about any particular case just start floating out of my brain.   And then someone else gets called on instead of me.   Everything comes...
Posted by David Logan
02/12/2010 at 12:00 AM
The results are in for the 2009 bar exams, and once again RWU Law grads performed at a very high level.   Of the 140 members of the Class of 2009 that sat for the July bar exam in our top five states (in order: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey), 129 passed at least one bar exam – for an overall pass rate of 92%. Our first time pass rate for the July 2009 bar exam for all graduates of RWU Law in these key states was equally impressive. 93%  Massachusetts    85%  Rhode Island     81%  New York  ...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/04/2010 at 02:43 PM
I figure I should start this little writing journey by telling you about why I am in law school, and why I chose to spend the three years of my law school career at RWU.  Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to be one of those barefoot, pregnant ladies that spent time cooking, cleaning, and playing with my kids.  Ok, maybe not so much the cleaning part, but I definitely wanted to be involved in my future children’s lives as much as possible.  However, life has a funny way of making you reconsider your options.   I was married...
Posted by David Logan
02/03/2010 at 12:00 AM
Several years ago, Associate Dean Michael Yelnosky embarked on a study that would capture one important (and objective) measure of the quality of a law school: how often its faculty published in the most prestigious law journals. Building on a methodology used by Brian Leiter to compare law schools at the top of the US News rankings, Michael focused on the other 100+ schools, many of which we were confident had strong, productive faculties. Michael counted the number of articles published in the “top 50 journals” and divided that by the number of full-time, tenure-track faculty at each school...