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Posted by William Wray
08/31/2011 at 05:14 PM
Note to self - stock up on un-scented candles.   Irene came, Irene left. It was pretty terrible if you were a tree branch, inconvenient if you were any organism which appreciates electricity or plumbing, but otherwise, bearable.    And it wasn't all bad, either: Crises have a way of renewing our appreciation for home and all its fixtures - human and otherwise. “Hunkering” is the verb that captures the feeling for me. The dictionary definition staidly limits itself to 'taking shelter,' but for most, the word implies preparatory trips to the grocery store, foreknowledge of what...
Posted by David Logan
08/25/2011 at 03:02 PM
RWU Law has always prided itself on the extraordinary credentials and accomplishments of its faculty – in the classroom, in scholarly journals, and in “boots on the ground” practice settings. Professor Louise Ellen Teitz at The Hague, Netherlands, during a June 2011diplomatic conference. So it was a great pleasure to learn that Professor Louise Ellen Teitz – a founding member of the RWU Law faculty and a “tough but loveable” favorite in the building – has been appointed First Secretary at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  In this...
Posted by William Wray
08/24/2011 at 09:23 AM
Posted by David Logan
08/22/2011 at 03:54 PM
With RWU Law students returning to Bristol for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the School of Law is once again echoing with energetic conversation and debate. But earlier this month, the debate got an unusually early start as the School of Law hosted the 13th Annual Open Government Summit. On its face, the summit – attended by some 300+ state and municipal officials, law enforcers, lawyers and others – was a fascinating legal conversation on when government records should be public versus confidential, when meetings should be open versus closed, and the various conflicts of interest...
Posted by Brendan Schlander
08/21/2011 at 02:36 PM
It is official, I (along with my fellow 1L's) have completed my first week of law school. And the verdict? The jury is still out...please excuse my bad lawyer puns. This week has been a whirlwind of meeting our section-mates and professors, figuring out where to sit and how to balance our schedules. Not-so-quiet whispers have already filled the hallways about which professors eased their students in and which ones put the already nervous 1L's on the spot from the get go. And then, as quickly as it started, it was over. Our first weekend was upon us and we are now accountable for our own time...
Posted by Brendan Schlander
08/16/2011 at 02:56 PM
I have known for quite a while that after completing my Bachelor’s degree that I wanted to end up in law school. Where I wanted to go and what kind of law that I wanted to practice was a completely different story. At first, my search was based entirely on where I had a chance to get in based on my LSAT score and GPA along with what I knew about the schools from my undergrad search four years prior. Admittedly, I applied to Roger Williams on a whim. I was more focused on schools in the major east coast metropolises; Boston, New York, D.C., Philadelphia, etc. Bristol was completely under the...
Posted by David Logan
08/16/2011 at 01:40 PM
Roger Williams lawyers featured prominently in two key “Under 40” listings issued in recent days:  Dena M. Castricone '02, Murtha Cullina LLP Dena was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA. Dena is a litigation associate in the New Haven, Conn., office of Murtha Cullina LLP, working primarily in the areas of construction, employment and business litigation.  Prior to joining Murtha, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court....
Posted by David Logan
08/09/2011 at 09:30 AM
I am delighted to announce that Carolina Academic Press has published Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership.  The lead editor of this path-breaking new book, Liz Tobin Tyler, is the Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships at Roger Williams Law. Liz’s book grew out of her teaching of “Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical-Legal Partnership.” Co-taught with Dr. Pat Flanagan of Brown University Medical School, the course focuses on the many social determinants of health, and partners students from Brown Medical School and RWU Law students....
Posted by David Logan
08/05/2011 at 09:50 AM
In 2006, the School of Law launched an exciting program, The Pro Bono Collaborative, to see if we could leverage the untapped resources of Rhode Island’s law firms, community-based organizations and law students’ budding professionalism and energy to increase the provision of free legal assistance to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable communities.  Many of our pro bono projects involve broad reaching legal strategies, such as educational workshops and legislative advocacy.  The PBC also facilitates direct representation pro bono projects in substantive areas of the law that are normally...
Posted by William Wray
08/04/2011 at 11:48 AM
It will be quite a transition to return to school after having worked this summer. To begin with, I can actually write again. By this I mean:  1) I can use non-mono-spaced fonts, which in addition to being less coma-inducing than Courier New, allow me to banish any thought of the arcane conventions attending double-spacing in court documents, and 2) I need not feverishly research a legal citation with which to end every sentence, no matter how obvious the proposition therein. (Cf. Legal writing.) Next – and I have mixed feelings about this – I can re-accustom myself to uninhibited, full-...