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Posted by David Logan
04/19/2010 at 12:00 AM
One of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States so far this term is Padilla v. Kentucky, in which the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that a criminal defense attorney’s failure to advise a client about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Court reasoned that as our immigration laws have imposed increasingly harsh consequences for criminal convictions, defense counsel cannot hide behind the notion that deportation is merely a “collateral” consequence of a criminal conviction; rather, defense...
Posted by Library Blog
04/14/2010 at 12:00 AM
The LLRX.com web journal is an excellent resource for articles and guides on legal research and technology used in the practice of law. Contributions are by law librarians and lawyers. New content is added monthly. Guides for researching foreign and comparative law are included in addition to those for U.S. law. LLRX.com provides links to court rules, forms and dockets.  There are reviews of the latest software applications, hardware, databases, and gadgets and articles on how the technology can help a law practice. For knowledgeable “how to” tips on practice management, marketing, or...
Posted by David Logan
04/13/2010 at 12:00 AM
It is generally recognized that there are two student organizations that represent the pinnacle of accomplishment for law students, the law review and the moot court board.  Both of these venerable institutions use rigorous screening to select membership from students in their second year, and then there is another round of vetting for selecting the leadership.  Another key group, one that represents all students, is the Student Bar Association (SBA).  Below is the “management” for the Roger Williams University Law Review, the Roger Williams Moot Court Board, and the...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/10/2010 at 04:59 PM
This week Professor Ruskell and Dean Lalli held an information for 1Ls and 2Ls about preparing for the bar exam and what it was all about. It was extremely informative to hear about the differences in manner different states administer the bar exam and paying for both prep classes, living and the admissions itself. It is a nice feeling to know that our administrators are already concerned about us being prepared to take the next step in accessing our chosen career I guess law school is only the penultimate step in becoming an attorney, because that isn't stressful enough. :-)
Posted by David Logan
04/09/2010 at 08:21 AM
The spring portion of the Women Who Lead series wrapped up for the year with two outstanding programs. The first, entitled “Law Graduates Making a Difference,” focused on women who have achieved much, despite being relatively early in their legal careers. The panelists were: Kim Ahern (‘09) who has already made her mark as a community activist, and who was an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention; Leah Donaldson (‘07), a litigator at the leading firm Motley Rice and President-elect of the RI Women’s Bar Association; Betty Anne Waters (‘98), whose pioneering work with DNA is...
Posted by Library Blog
04/07/2010 at 12:00 AM
For those getting ready to take a bar exam or two, it is recommended that you read back and current issues of the legal newspaper(s) published for the state in which you plan on taking the bar exam.  Summaries of important court decisions are reported in legal newspapers and a significant case can be a source of inspiration for a bar examiner’s essay question!  The Law Library subscribes to ALM publishers’ Connecticut Law Tribune, Legal Intelligencer (Pennsylvania), and New York Law Journal.  For those taking the New Jersey bar exam, you can read ALM’s New Jersey Law Journal....
Posted by David Logan
04/05/2010 at 10:00 AM
RWU Law is deeply embedded in the social fabric of Rhode Island, and its faculty, students, and alums play a variety of important roles in shaping its future.  For example, the January issue of Providence Monthly ran its “10 People Who Can Change the City” feature, and once again a member of the RWU Law family was featured…Kim Ahern (’09).  Kim was a hugely successful student: Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams Law Review and President of the Alliance, the student group focused on LGBT issues.  She also found the time to actively campaign for Barack Obama and got to serve as...
04/01/2010 at 11:27 AM
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Posted by Library Blog
04/01/2010 at 12:00 AM
Held last month, the 24th ABA Techshow is the premier annual event showcasing cutting-edge technology used in the practice of law.  In addition to the vendor/service providers’ exhibits, the ABA Techshow offers sessions for attorneys and legal support staff who work in various legal settings.  There are programs for novices and experts alike on social networking, the paperless practice, litigation/trial skills, Macs, cloud computing, e-discovery, mobile practice, finance, and smart phone applications.  Click to view the listings of websites reviewed at the ABA Techshow from...