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Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/08/2010 at 05:51 PM
It's a Friday at 5:21 p.m. I'm still at school, sitting at my desk wondering how much longer I should work for. It's not my weekend with the kids, so I always feel guilty if I leave early because I like to try to get as much done as possible when they are not home. That way, it makes life a little more sane when they are. Since I'm having trouble concentrating, I decided to write about what I have been up to lately: Criminal Defense Clinic: We are now officially in full force. Everyone is busy and everyone has court almost weekly. Greg Rosenfeld, another student in the clinic, represented...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2010 at 10:00 AM
Law students spend many hours each day pouring over the decisions handed down by top appellate courts, but rarely get to see, first-hand, how this law is made.  That is not a problem for this crop of RWU Law students, because yesterday they could simply enter our courtroom and witness oral arguments in 5 cases docketed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.   Very few federal courts “go on the road,” and this rare experience was supplemented by the willingness of the presiding judges to return to the courtroom at the conclusion of the arguments to field...
Posted by Library Blog
10/07/2010 at 12:00 AM
Beginning with this October Term, the audio recordings of all oral arguments heard before the U.S. Supreme Court will be freely available at the end of each argument week. Options are to download the recordings or listen to them at the Court’s website. To access the recordings, click "Oral Arguments" and then "Argument Audio" or click on "What’s New" on the site’s home page. The recordings will be listed by case name, docket number, and the date of the oral argument.  
Posted by Peter Eraca
10/06/2010 at 11:00 PM
Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner. When you work for certain governmental bodies, you need to be careful about “lending the influence of the body” to your words/actions, so I made the decision to refrain from writing about my summer position until it concluded. Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working in the chambers of the Honorable Cecelia Morris, United States...
Posted by William Wray
10/05/2010 at 07:32 PM
Today in torts class we discussed the conditions under which the law states that an individual has an affirmative duty to act. Generally speaking, we don't have a legal duty to act to help one another.   To illustrate this, Professor Logan described the hypothetical scenario in which someone knocks on your door and informs you that by donating a mere $1, you can save a starving child's life, guaranteed. He also described a situation in which a lone bystander to a car accident simply walks by without helping the afflicted or calling for those who can. In both situations, there is no legal...
Posted by David Logan
10/05/2010 at 12:00 AM
Each year, Equal Justice Works gives Summer Corps Standouts awards to 10 Summer Corps members who are working on innovative projects in communities around the country. RWU Law 3L Heather O'Connor was selected as one of nine students from a pool of 400 across the country to receive an award last year and the honor went this year to David Ellison. Below is a dispatch on David’s summer. David Ellison at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN, home of the National Civil Rights Museum There I was, stuck somewhere in Tennessee after I had driven 16 hours over two days. I was on my way to Greenville,...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/04/2010 at 08:01 AM
This past Saturday I tried to forget the fact I am in law school and had a ton of work due on Monday and enjoy life. After my youngest son’s football practice, my parents, my kids, and I drove up to a local corn maze. Unfortunately, right before we got there, my daughter got sick, so my mom and her went back to my parent’s house. But all the boys and I continued on to get lost within the corn. We did good staying together for about 10 minutes, but then the boys got antsy and ran off ahead. I figured, “Hey, how much trouble could they really get into? We’re lost in a corn maze.” About 15...
Posted by Library Blog
10/01/2010 at 12:00 AM
With the impending visit by the First Circuit Court of Appeals to the School of Law on October 6, you have received (via email) the appellate briefs filed in the cases scheduled for oral argument on that day. Did you wonder how you could find those and other briefs? Two excellent resources are LexisNexis and Westlaw. Their databases contain numerous, but not all, briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, federal, and state appellate courts. They provide an option to locate briefs filed in cases by practice area or by topic. The path on LexisNexis is Legal>Court Records, Briefs and Filings. The...