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Posted by David Logan
07/29/2011 at 09:04 AM
I am delighted to report that Priya N. Lakhi, with over a dozen years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, will direct our Criminal Defense Clinic beginning next week. Most recently, Priya was a Senior Staff Attorney with the Georgia Capital Defender, where she worked with law students from Emory and Georgia State law schools in representing clients facing capital charges. She previously handled a broad array of representation in staff attorney positions with the Legal Aid Society of New York and the Dekalb County and Fulton County Public Defender offices in Georgia. Priya also...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2011 at 08:50 AM
Summer is bliss in Rhode Island.  The sailing is great (teams from Roger Williams, Brown, and URI won national championships) and Newport is a world-class vacation destination, recently featured in the New York Times. On the horizon: the famous Newport Jazz Festival (headliners include Wynton Marsalis, Trombone Shorty, and Esperanza Spalding) and Folk Festival (headliners include traditionalists like Emmy Lou Harris and Earl Scruggs, plus quirkier choices like Gogol Bordello and the Decemberists).  And, of course, there is the wacky Fourth of July Parade in Bristol (been having them...
Posted by David Logan
07/15/2011 at 10:07 AM
Two of our faculty stars, Jorge Elorza and Michael Yelnosky, received important professional recognition in recent weeks. Jorge Elorza completed the rigorous path to tenure with a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University.  He has established himself as a strong classroom teacher in his areas of interest—Property, Housing, and Civil Rights—and has authored provocative articles that have appeared in the Pittsburgh Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.  But it is his community service that is singular: he is a founder of the Latino...
Posted by David Logan
07/11/2011 at 01:02 PM
Our 8th Annual Diversity Symposium Dinner was more proof of the role Roger Williams School of Law plays in enhancing the “pipeline” for minority students into the legal profession. Approximately 70 judges, lawyers, high school, college and law students plus law school and college professors and administrators gathered at the Providence Marriott for an evening of discussion about immigration in the United States. The conversation in the room was energetic and rich, and the level of engagement - most notably from some of the high school students in attendance - was exceptional. Here are some...
Posted by David Logan
07/06/2011 at 07:55 AM
On June 10, legal writing professors, mostly from New England, but also from law schools in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, joined us for a thought-provoking conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers. Three to Get Ready:  Three Different Perspectives on Getting Students “Practice Ready,” featured some of our recent alumni and also faculty, including Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, who is a judge by day and a popular member of our Adjunct Faculty by night. Associate Dean Andy Horwitz kicked off...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
07/05/2011 at 09:59 AM
                A lot has happened since the last time that I blogged. I finished my second year of law school and had a great spring semester. I was in the Immigration Clinic and it was by far the best experience of my law school career. It’s important to understand black letter law, but what really matters are practical lawyering skills.  It’s one thing to sit down and apply law to a fact pattern on an exam, but when someone’s life is on the line, it makes everything learned in law school real. Once a law...