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Posted by David Logan
04/28/2011 at 12:49 PM
One of the challenges for junior lawyers at big firms is the chance to have real responsibility for important matters.  I can report that one of RI’s leading firms breaks with the mold, as it assigned a case in front of the RI Supreme Court to Adam Ramos (RWU Law 2006).   Adam was a star student here, and then he went on to serve as a law clerk for Associate Justice Frank Flaherty of the RI Supreme Court before signing on to Adler Polack & Sheehan.  But if it wasn’t enough of a big deal to actually argue the case, Adam faced off against one of the leading lawyers in...
Posted by David Logan
04/26/2011 at 09:46 AM
One of the great things about being the only law school in a state is the opportunity to develop deep and broad relationships with the judiciary.  Leading federal judges Bruce Selya (US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit) and Will Smith (District Court of Rhode island) are popular members of our Adjunct Faculty who teach signature courses that they in whole or in part developed and deliver. Our students also get great access to leading state judges via externships (for example with Superior Court Judges Judy Savage and Dan Procaccini), or in courses (taught by Supreme Court Justice...
Posted by William Wray
04/24/2011 at 04:48 PM
Down for a weekend wedding at Jekyll Island, GA. As the presence of an immaculately maintained pitch attests, Jekyll Island is one of the few remaining resorts in the USA where one can play croquet with a straight face. Numerous sepia portraits of bewigged gentlemen explain in visual shorthand that rich Europeans began relaxing here in the early 18th century, and continued to do so for centuries, pausing briefly only to convert the labor force from regular slaves to wage slaves in the mid 19th.   In the early 20th JP Morgan and his Merry Band of Plutocrats moved in. They built sprawling...
Posted by Brynna Gang
04/23/2011 at 03:49 PM
Worst blogger ever.       I have been a bit um, horrible about posting. I think of posting often because there's so much going on that is interesting but there just hasn't been the time!    So here's what's been going on... 1) Oral Arguments I know I've mentioned that as 1L's we take a legal writing course, think of it as "legal writing for dummies." It's a course that gives you the basics of legal writing which unless you are a lawyer who for whatever reason is going back to law school for round 2, you'll have had no experience with prior to law school. I wrote...
Posted by David Logan
04/19/2011 at 01:09 PM
Our alums have been popping up all over the news lately:  …from being elected to head the state GOP,  to being appointed to fix the Rhode Island DMV, to representing high profile criminal defendants, to representing the ACLU and testifying before the legislature. One of Rhode Island’s most experienced election tacticians is RWU Law grad Ken McKay ‘(96).  Ken led the effort to elect Don Carcieri to two terms as Governor of RI and more recently helped another GOP businessman win the governorship of Florida.  Ken was recently selected to head the Rhode Island Republican Party...
Posted by David Logan
04/14/2011 at 10:44 AM
Fernando Bermudez was robbed of half his life, spending 18 years in prison – from age 22 to 40 – for a murder he didn’t commit. He was finally freed in November 2009, when his conviction – for killing a teenager outside a New York City nightclub – was thrown out by New York State Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo. In a scathing 79-page decision, Cataldo ruled that Bermudez’s rights had been violated due to grievous police and prosecutorial misconduct.  “It’s been a very long, bitter struggle in which at times I lost hope and even questioned my own existence as a person,” says Bermudez...
Posted by David Logan
04/05/2011 at 01:56 PM
One of the big advantages of being a Roger Williams law student is the chance to take electives from the best lawyers and judges in the state.  Previous blogs have highlighted “The Lessons of Litigation,” taught by one of the best-regarded federal judges in the country (Bruce Selya from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit) and “9/11 Litigation,” taught by Don Migliori, the lead lawyer for many of the personal injury actions pursued by the survivors and victims of the 9/11 terrorist arracks on the World Trade Center. Two other unique litigation-oriented courses are...