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Posted by David Logan
03/30/2011 at 03:25 PM
For 24 years, the Robert Cover Public Interest Retreat has been a highlight of the academic year for the law students, lawyers, and legal academics who are committed to the tough, but deeply rewarding work of public interest practice. Sponsored by SALT (the Society of American Law Teachers), this year’s program was sponsored by RWU Law and attendees from 27 law schools  sold out the all available reservations. Here is some commentary: first, from Hazel Weiser (Executive Director of SALT): Roger Williams law students, led by the charismatic Jamie Rhodes (2L), organized the Cover Retreat...
Posted by Brynna Gang
03/25/2011 at 01:08 PM
Hello blog reading people!  It's been a few weeks since I've written and I wanted to have a chat. I thought about blogging last week but it was spring break and I needed some time away from anything related to school. I tried to work on school stuff 1x having gone to Panera for that purpose and ended up booking a spa massage over the web instead. I took this as a sign.  So tons of things have happened!    For those of you who aren't currently at RWU, beginning the first month or so of classes you start hearing about dates when you should start applying for summer...
Posted by David Logan
03/25/2011 at 10:17 AM
John Meara, Amy Broderick and Professor Jon Shelburne A team of RWU Law students won the Best Brief award at the prestigious National Moot Court Competition last month in New York City. 3Ls Amy Broderick, Robert Cavanagh, and John Meara received the Harrison Tweed Award for Best Brief, while also beating teams from Kansas and John Marshall of Chicago to advance to the round of 16 before defeating the South Texas team to advance to the round of eight. Each year, more than 175 teams from 125 schools nationwide participate in this important competition RWU Law advanced, along with...
Posted by David Logan
03/21/2011 at 10:38 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, RWU Law has released a study that looks at one key form of faculty scholarly productivity – the publication of articles in top law journals.  Because of the influence of the U.S. News and World Report rankings, schools in their top 50 tend to attract the lion’s share of attention.  By focusing instead on schools outside the U.S. News top 50, we  provide objective information that shows the relative strength of other schools as research institutions.  Here are the top-rated schools as reported by a leading law blog. We rank the Top 40 Non-...
Posted by David Logan
03/16/2011 at 02:40 PM
 An annual RWU Law tradition is a trip to Washington, D.C. that includes a reception for area alumni and a group swearing-in of alums at the Supreme Court of the United States.  This year the ceremony added a wonderful new aspect: a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who graciously visited us at breakfast before the swearing-in and arguments for the day. Below is a reflection on that memorable day by Peter Pascucci (‘03). Peter is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy JAG Corps, stationed at the Pentagon and serves as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/11/2011 at 08:42 AM
As I sit here with Spring Break about to commence (mine has already started, since I don’t have classes on Fridays this term, but I’m in the library anyway) I have come to realize that I am now approximately half-way through the second semester of my 2L year. So, if my logic works correct I’m half-way past being half-way done? No? Ok, it was worth a shot and if you disagree, it’s my blog, so I’m allowed to make up benign things to amuse myself (trust me, you need to while in law school, regardless of where you go). Anyway, at the end of last semester, everyone was quoting an epic and timeless...
Posted by David Logan
03/09/2011 at 10:08 AM
The Annual Public Interest Auction was a smashing success this year.  Featured in the sleek downtown art gallery space Peerless Lofts and catered by Cuban Revolution, the auction hosted a record-breaking number of 300 guests, and was completely sold out in advance.  Among the crowd were members of the legal community, the judiciary, students, and over 40 alumni, who gathered with faculty, staff, and students to gnosh, imbibe, mingle, and bid on over 100 silent and live auction items.  The items up for auction included a box for 15 at the Paw Sox Game and the opportunity to...
Posted by Brynna Gang
03/07/2011 at 03:35 PM
Spring is almost here! The first few days of relatively warm weather and sun are so precious I feel a little superstitious commenting on them. Today however feels different! It is sunny and gorgeous and warm and…I am sitting at my desk reading Property cases. Oh law school. Second semester is so much different than first. This may not seem related to my first rant about spring but trust me it relates. First semester you spend the first month or two walking around in a daze looking up every other word in a legal dictionary. I have vivid memories of learning the meanings of “statue” and “common...
Posted by William Wray
03/01/2011 at 11:10 AM
I'm off to Newark this Friday for a 'Representation in Mediation' competition. Newark probably wouldn't be my top destination city, but I have heard it's a lot like New York. Phonetically.   Important ways in which it differs:   1. Its streets are not what dreams are made of; 2. there is much that you can't do.   Mediation is a form of Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which is a fancy way of saying “anything that costs less than court.” Mediation makes a lot of sense for most clients, but less so for many lawyers. Lawyers are prone to seek out weaknesses in the other side'...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2011 at 12:00 AM
I am delighted to announce the hiring of another excellent lawyer to our faculty.  Bela August Walker comes to Roger Williams from Fordham Law School, where she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor for the past two years.  Bela has a sterling string of credentials: a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Bela was both a Kent and a Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where she won the Beck Prize for excellence in Property Law.  She was selected for the Columbia Law Review, where she rose to become the Essay & Review Editor.  Bela has published three pieces...