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Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/31/2010 at 10:54 AM
I browsed through the other bloggers posts and I am beginning to think I am the only one who isn't currently in London doing the summer abroad program.  Although I heard absolutely wonderful things about it, I went the internship route.  Last summer I interned at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, MA.  My supervising attorney, Brian O'Connor (no relation) provided me with a really great experience there.  Before starting the internship, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be because, let's face it, when you get done with your 1L year, you are no...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2010 at 09:20 AM
Ken Amoriggi (RWU Law class of 2009) is one of our many graduates who uses an RWU legal education to effect social change. Ken is Project Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Project, affiliated with Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ), an NGO dedicated to “building community by advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.” (Full disclosure—I am on the RICJ Board of Directors.) Ken recently went to the RI State House to help roll out the Juvenile Justice Diversionary Project, an effort to attack the disproportionate rate of minorities in the juvenile justice system (a distressing...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/25/2010 at 11:12 AM
There are only a few days left in July. This pretty much means that my summer is almost over. I have two weeks left of my internship, two weeks left until school committee and organization meetings start up, and only three more weeks until training for the criminal defense clinic and my other classes begin. However, as fast as it has flown by, this summer has been really great. I have been interning with the RI Attorney General’s Office in the Juvenile Prosecution Division as a Rule Nine. This means I get to actually argue in court. When I first accepted the internship, I was very concerned...
Posted by David Logan
07/23/2010 at 12:19 PM
This summer has been especially exciting for Jacqueline Rolleri (2011) and Sarah Parker (2012), who won coveted positions with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Jackie serves as a Legal Intern for NOAA's Office of General Counsel for International Law while Sarah secured an Environmental Fellowship through the Office of Career Services and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; she works with Jeffrey Dillen, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ocean Services. Jacqueline's projects have included research pertaining to shipwrecks and...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2010 at 06:45 AM
One of the ways that a law school projects its influence is through faculty appearances on the national stage, when they serve as what are termed “public intellectuals”—go-to sources for expertise on important legal issues. In recent weeks, three members of the RWU Law team were high visibility. Prof. Carl Bogus was cited in one of the most controversial decisions of the recently-ended term of the Supreme Court of the United States, McDonald v. City of Chicago, which extended the protections of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms to citizens of all states. Carl’s scholarship was central...
Posted by Kevin Olasanoye
07/18/2010 at 09:42 AM
Friday was the last day of the London program and I thought it would be useful to leave you all with some of my concluding thoughts. As I have already mentioned, I never had the opportunity to study abroad when I was in my undergrad. So when I heard that RWU had a study abroad program in London back in January, I knew this was where I would be spending part of my summer. And boy am I glad I had the chance to visit! Aside from having the opportunity to do some travelling and relaxation (which I have to tell you was a whole lot of fun), the pupilage period and classes were a treat. In five...
Posted by David Logan
07/16/2010 at 01:38 PM
It’s perfectly understandable why a century ago the superrich chose RI for their summer homes, because summer in RI is sublime. Much of the fun is on the water--the sailing and kayacking are world class (and RWU even provides students free kayacks for exploring Mt Hope Bay). There are also excellent beaches and even surfing. There is also alot for landlubbers, too. You can do no better than the 4th of July Parade in Bristol; the 225th took place on Monday, July 5th (some pics are below) and it was the subject of the cover story of the July 4th edition of Parade Magazine.   July is...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
07/15/2010 at 01:52 PM
In less than a month I will be gearing up for my second year of law school.  I cannot believe how time has gone by and how weird it is to me that I’m starting 2L.  Stranger yet, I can’t imagine how it will feel to see so many new faces in August and watch them embark on the epic journey of 1L year, a time both vivid and seems long ago.  To the incoming 1Ls: Welcome, I look forward to meeting you all, feel free to ask questions, and enjoy the rest of your summer! My summer internship has been challenging and rewarding- an adventure at the least.  What I have learned has...
Posted by David Logan
07/12/2010 at 11:00 PM
The weather was perfect: 77 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for the 15th annual Commencement Exercises for the Roger Williams University School of Law. The ceremony was joyous as 161 graduates enjoyed the award of a Doctor of Laws degree to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson, who had recently ascended to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Judge Thompson, the first African-American (and only the second woman) on the court was an excellent trial judge in Rhode Island who has had a long relationship with the School of Law, and validated her confidence in...
Posted by Kevin Olasanoye
07/12/2010 at 11:25 AM
This past weekend was the last long weekend before I head back home and I did not want to waste it. So me and a couple of RWU Londoners jumped on a plane and went to Madrid. I had such an amazing time that I decided to dedicate the bulk of this entry to what I saw, heard, and experienced. Here goes… We landed on Thurdsay night and decided to go into the city to do some exploring. Luckily for us, Madrid has a Metro system much like the one in London (although, unlike our British friends, the Spanish were good enough to install air conditioning in their underground trains. You have no idea how...