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Posted by John Pell
09/30/2010 at 04:44 PM
Actually, lunch was provided. One of the things I love about law school is actually not provided by the law school. It's the clubs. Specifically, the Federalist Society. This group puts on the best talks, often during the lunch hour, and often with Panera Bread providing sandwiches. So, lets recap: (1) great talks; (2) free lunch. Need I say more? Ok, I will. The talk I attended yesterday was on the role of international "law" and foreign laws in the interpretation of the US constitution. The talk itself was as good as could be expected for a 30 minute primer on a vast subject, but...
Posted by David Logan
09/30/2010 at 12:00 AM
RWU Law is proud to have an institutional climate that is LGBT friendly. From openly gay faculty and staff, to active involvement in LGBT programs around the country (Assistant Dean Michael Boylen chairs the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee), to a large, and active student group, the Alliance, we are dedicated to this important aspect of diversity in word and deed. And this commitment is borne out by our perfect score in an empirical comparison of law schools developed by the Law School Admission Council. The most recent manifestation of this institutional commitment was the role of RWU folks at...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
09/27/2010 at 09:40 PM
It has been pretty easy to get into the groove of being in school again after being out of school for five years now.  It helps that the RWU campus is so beautiful, as being able to see the water and smell the salt air in between the intensity of classes really helps clear the mind.  RWU is situated on a little slice of beautiful RI coastline, and I make it a daily routine of mine to go down to the koi pond on campus and sit for a bit to get some serenity. My schedule is a little hectic as I am sure all of my fellow classmates can attest to.  I am up at 4:30, run my dog for 45...
Posted by David Logan
09/23/2010 at 12:00 AM
There are many ways to measure whether a law faculty is respected; publishing articles in the leading academic journals is a traditional way, as is filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Increasingly, serving as a “public intellectual” is another, being asked to provide commentary on the issues of the day, and while some of us appear in the traditional media (international, like the Financial Times, nationally, like the New York Times, or locally, like the Providence Journal or Providence Business News), the RWU law faculty is actively engaged in the burgeoning...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/21/2010 at 08:01 AM
I have heard this phrase at least once almost every day that I have gone to school this semester, which currently is only about two days a week. My schedule this semester includes the Criminal Defense Clinic, so I go to Providence (where the clinic is located) two days a week. I have a class that starts on Friday so I'll be at school an extra day, but I do feel as though I'm missing out on all the extra activities (i.e. all the free food offered at student group meetings) because I'm not around all that much at the moment. I was looking through the schedule for next semester and I am...
Posted by David Logan
09/21/2010 at 12:00 AM
The RWU Law community eagerly anticipates the release of Conviction, a major Hollywood film about our own Betty Anne Waters (’98), and her remarkable - and successful - effort to free her brother, wrongly convicted of homicide. Betty Anne came to Roger Williams with this singular purpose, and was in the vanguard of the efforts of the then fledgling Innocence Project to use DNA evidence for exoneration. There is a star-studded cast led by Hilary Swank, who has won 2 Oscars for Best Actress, playing Betty Anne.  Watch the interview of Betty Anne and Hilary at the recent screening of the...
Posted by John Pell
09/20/2010 at 05:06 PM
The Law Student "division" of the American Bar Association is hosting a "Leadership Conference" in Philadelphia, PA, this October. I'm going. As you can likely guess from the extensive use of quotation marks thus far, I'm not exactly the business-y type. I'm somewhat offended, actually, that our society rewards personal connections and networking contacts over pure merit. Sadly, that's a subject for my personal blog. What I'm talking about in this post is logistics. I need business cards. Where do I get them? What should they look like? What should I call myself on them? What sort of...
Posted by William Wray
09/20/2010 at 11:02 AM
“Conduct such as Texaco's is not made legal simply by protestations that the acts involved were, in fact, legal. All too often such assertions go unchallenged... and become accepted as the norm by default. Actions previously considered amoral somehow become clothed in respectability. Pennzoil's litigation challenges this mindless slip into acceptability. A contract is a contract. We used to say... business was done on a handshake. Should it now require handcuffs?” - Hugh Liedtke, summarizing the eventual theme of Pennzoil's lawsuit. I've just finished reading 'Oil and Honor' WSJ journalist...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
09/17/2010 at 11:44 AM
It is a rainy Sunday and I set up my canvas on my easel in my studio, unsure of what I will create but knowing that I need to be open to the possibilities that will flow forth as I place my brush to the blank canvas.  The only thing I am certain of is that I plan to have a showing of the new body of work created during this, my first year at RWU SOL.  This blog will be a record of my lifeʼs intersection between art and law, with some musings on meditation, yoga, eco-living and tattoos thrown in, for good measure. My easel is the one I used while an undergraduate at RISD.  I...
Posted by David Logan
09/17/2010 at 11:36 AM
On August 15th, the School of Law welcomed 198 new students to our beautiful campus.  The Class of 2013 arrived from 25 states (from places as far away as Utah and California) ready to tackle the challenges of a Roger Williams legal education.  We are proud that this group is the most diverse class in the School of Law’s history. Orientation kicked off with remarks from Paul Suttell, the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, who also administered the Oath of Professionalism.  The students spent the next two days learning about the rigors of law school as well as the...