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Posted by David Logan
05/25/2011 at 03:22 PM
We are very proud of the commitment of RWU Law Students to improving the world.  I want to highlight just three of the examples, which had our students not only volunteering in RI and nearby Southeastern Massachusetts, but also in Maryland and Alabama. Perhaps the most far-reaching example is our Alternative Spring Break Program.  Evolved from the response of law students to the post-Katrina tragedy in the Gulf, the ASP program is now nation-wide and, as the title suggests, has law students devoting their spring breaks to public service rather than leisure.  Our students,...
Posted by David Logan
05/23/2011 at 09:38 AM
One objective measure of the quality of a law school is the ability of its graduates to land prestigious judicial clerkships upon graduation. US News recently reported the percentage of graduates who go on to be clerks and I am gratified that RWU placed well. The methodology was simple: US News tallied the % of 2009 graduates of ABA-accredited law schools who secured judicial clerkships and then ranked them.  An impressive 14.6% of the RWU Law class of 2009 secured clerkships with state judges.  Here what the data showed: The RWU rate is more than 4 times the rate of St. Johns,...
Posted by Peter Eraca
05/20/2011 at 02:43 PM
Well, it is that time of year again. People are dressing up in funny looking “Harry Potter”-type garments and looking to the bar, while others are looking to summer internships and/or classes. For me and the rest of the class of 2012, we are looking forward to our concluding year of law school. As a friend and fellow classmate of mine, Justin Touhey, told me recently “two out of three ain’t bad,” reminiscing over another classic 1980’s anthem from Meatloaf. While it isn’t as upbeat and loud as Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” from earlier this semester, I find the end of an academic year to be...
Posted by David Logan
05/18/2011 at 11:24 AM
One of the pleasures of being the Dean at Roger Williams is the chance to mingle with alums in key places where our alums practice law. An earlier blog focused on the annual gathering in Washington, D.C., which we hold in conjunction with another Roger Williams tradition, the group swearing-in at the Supreme Court of the United States. The spring also saw a stop in New York City, where we gathered in an incredible space, the New York Yacht Club. Perhaps the most prestigious such organization in the United States, the midtown headquarters is chock full of fascinating memorabilia from the...
Posted by David Logan
05/10/2011 at 11:34 AM
In the run-up to the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, we used our in-house marine and tort law expertise to gather experts to explore the far-reaching legacy of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.  Journalists, lawyers, scientists, Gulf of Mexico residents, and economists came to campus to ponder the lasting legacy of this tragedy. The law school community plus dozens more professionals in the audience were treated to expert speakers across disciplines examining complex questions such as how can we avoid another Deepwater? What tradeoffs we...
Posted by David Logan
05/04/2011 at 10:50 AM
In recent years, the RWU Law community has had unparalleled access to the Supreme Court of the United States.  At the top of the list has to be the extended visit to campus of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and we look forward to a campus visit next year from Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.  We also sponsor an annual visit to the Court so that groups of our alums can be sworn into membership in the Supreme Court bar and another trip that allows 2Ls to study cases on the Court’s docket and the travel to DC to hear counsel deliver their oral arguments.  This year’s cases...