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Posted by David Logan
09/29/2011 at 04:12 PM
Jeff Smith ('13) had about the coolest possible internship last summer: working with the lawyers who represent the Boston Red Sox and affiliated businesses. Here are some of Jeff's reflections: This past summer, I had the remarkable opportunity to be one of two legal interns with the Boston Red Sox Legal Department. Growing up as a huge Red Sox Fan, this was a dream come true. Never had I entertained the possibility of intimately experiencing the ins and outs of the Red Sox. Not only was I excited for the professional opportunities, but also for the enthusiasm of home games and the...
Posted by David Logan
09/27/2011 at 02:33 PM
Roger Williams is proud of its commitment to supporting our diverse students, and this includes covering a part of the expense associated with having them attend the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference. Here is a report on this year’s activities from Erin Wright, our terrific Assistant Director of Career Services (BA Providence College/MHR University of Oklahoma/JD Notre Dame): I was fortunate to attend the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference again this year. The 2011 Conference took place in Hollywood and allowed law students and nearly 150 recruiters, some of the best and brightest...
Posted by David Logan
09/22/2011 at 04:29 PM
One of our signature experiential learning environments is the class Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical/Legal Collaborative and the related externship opportunity at the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.  Conceived and implemented by Liz Tobin Tyler, Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships in our Feinstein Institute of Legal Service, the class teams Brown Med and RWU Law students (plus resident physicians from Hasbro Children’s Hospital) to prepare them for two important, but often overlooked, aspects of the professions they are entering...
Posted by David Logan
09/20/2011 at 09:39 AM
I am delighted to announce that one of the world’s most prestigious  publishers, the Oxford University Press, has released “A Doubtful and Perilous Experiment: Advisory Opinions, State Constitutions, and Judicial Supremacy,” authored by Mel Topf (RWU Law 2006).  For a host of reasons, Mel is not the typical law school graduate: he got his J.D. 35 years after he earned his Ph.D.; he attended RWU (and NYU) law while holding down a tenured faculty position in the Roger Williams undergraduate college.  The bridge for this fascinating intellectual journey was his service as a...
Posted by David Logan
09/16/2011 at 11:25 AM
One of the great benefits of being the only law school in Rhode Island is the breadth and depth of support we receive from the bench, bar, and public officials.  On Monday, September 12, the School of Law community enjoyed yet another example of this integration when a remarkable gathering of lawyers spoke to a big crowd in our Appellate Courtroom on the topic, “Rights, Remedies and Terrorism: 9/11’s Challenge to the Legal System.” The senior U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, Jack Reed, gave the keynote, bringing a truly unique perspective to the subject matter.  A graduate of West...
Posted by David Logan
09/13/2011 at 08:48 AM
Prior to the 2010-11 academic year, students enrolled in the RWU Immigration Clinic focused on federal law, representing noncitizens in removal proceedings in the Boston Immigration Court and those who sought legal status before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Rhode Island. But thanks to the innovative leadership of Professor Mary Holper, who directs the clinic, our students are adding expertise in state law to their repertoire. In March of 2010, clinic students began to represent undocumented children.  Some had been subjected to physical abuse; others were...
Posted by David Logan
09/07/2011 at 04:33 PM
We recently welcomed one of the most diverse and academically talented classes in our history.  The class of 2014 hails from 30 states – as far away as Alaska.  Many grew up overseas in places like Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Trinidad, and Brazil.   Almost a quarter of the class comes from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the legal profession, a new high for RWU Law.  Not only does this class bring diversity but it brings a strong academic record.  This class has overall stronger LSAT scores than last year plus the highest undergraduate grade point averages...
Posted by Brendan Schlander
09/04/2011 at 11:06 PM
A hurricane? In New England? Ok fine, a tropical storm by the time she got here. However, Irene was officially removed from the list of possible future daughter's names after the sheer nuisance the last week has been. While I am normally not one to complain about back to back four day weekends, I am absolutely one to complain about 4 days of no electricity, cable or internet. After all, how else am I supposed to communicate with my beloved readers? As bad as the four days without power were, the pure, unadulterated elation of getting back was a feeling that I will not soon forget. Luckily,...