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Posted by David Logan
10/26/2012 at 03:25 PM
Roger Williams topped regional law schools on the July 2012 Connecticut Bar Exam.  This comes as no surprise, given that RWU Law grads have been passing the bar at a high level for years.  This July’s result is particularly noteworthy as 90% of RWU Law’s first-time test takers passed the CT Bar – tying Quinnipiac, slightly ahead of regional powerhouse UConn, and dramatically ahead of newcomer UMass-Dartmouth.     For a complete list of the July results visit For a list of schools accredited by the American Bar Association go...
Posted by Library Blog
10/26/2012 at 01:28 PM
An article in the October 2012 issue of the ABA Journal, Making Mediators: As the Field Grows, So Does the Need for Negotiation Skills, notes that “cutbacks in Court budgets, the high cost of discovery, crowded dockets and emphasis on result-oriented ‘value billing’ have created the elements of a perfect storm for a mediation wave.”  Kimberly Taylor, chief operating officer of JAMS Arbitration Mediation and ADR Services, has seen a slow but steady increase in demand for mediation services especially in the middle part of the country.  JAMS Arbitration Mediation and ADR Services,...
Posted by David Logan
10/25/2012 at 09:30 AM
As the only law school in Rhode Island, RWU Law has a close relationship with a number of important professional groups, including the Thurgood Marshall Law Society, the Latino Policy Institute, Common Cause and the Rhode Island Association for Justice, which represents lawyers who represent injured individuals. Professor Diana Hassel and I have taught in RIAJ “citizen schools” which help explain the legal system to non-lawyers, and last year we co-hosted, with RIAJ and the Rhode Island School of Design, a screening of a controversial look at our civil justice system, Hot Coffee. We are also...
Posted by David Logan
10/22/2012 at 10:01 AM
While many Rhode Islanders choose to stay home for law school, RWU Law draws 1Ls from all over the country (typically from 30 or so states), and we always enjoy taking the newbies out on the water that surrounds our campus.  Here is a recap of this year's excursion from our terrific Marine Affairs Director, Susan Farady, followed by some pics of a stunningly beautiful day to be on the water. On Friday, October 5, members of the 1L class joined the Marine Affairs Institute (MAI) and Dean Logan on the MAI’s annual Meet the Bay boat trip with staff of Save the Bay, a Rhode Island non-profit...
Posted by David Logan
10/22/2012 at 08:57 AM
RWU Law recently hosted the inaugural Santoro Business Law Lecture and the RWU law community, as well as leading lawyers in RI, were treated to a day with a true American original, Frank Fahrenkopf.  Mr. Fahrenkopf has been deeply involved in politics at the highest level, beginning as the very successful head of the Republican National Committee during the Reagan presidency, and he has founded and still Co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, while holding down his day job as head of the American Gaming...
Posted by Library Blog
10/19/2012 at 08:52 AM
  The Law Library’s collection of study aids includes the Carolina Academic Press Mastering Series.  These study aids are easy-to-read with key terms emphasized and explained.  Like the nutshells and concise hornbooks study aids, references to secondary sources are minimal to enable the reader to concentrate on the major concepts being discussed. Key features of the Mastering Series are: A list of bulleted points that introduces each chapter by providing the reader with an overview of the material that will be covered. Checkpoints at the end of each chapter for...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
10/18/2012 at 08:24 PM
This past summer, a surprising number of lawyers assured me that my 2L year was going to be so much easier than the last; I doubt I am one of the few who would contest that statement. Between a demanding class schedule, an internship, and a law school club leadership position, that statement seems anything but accurate. It is 9 p.m.-- I find myself in my kitchen reciting the rules of Evidence while I ice cupcakes. This batch of cupcakes is for the Women's Law Society’s bake sale to raise money for a Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday. Who knew a few cupcakes could make a difference! However,...
Posted by Michael Rekola
10/16/2012 at 07:25 PM
Over the weekend, Felix Baumgartner, aka “Fearless Felix” became the first human to sky dive at a rate faster than the speed of sound.  By accomplishing this extreme challenge, Fearless Felix completed a life long goal of being the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.  He also broke the record for highest manned balloon flight (at 120,100 ft.) and highest free-fall jump at the same altitude (nearly 24 miles above sea level).  If you were one of the ones watching this task whether on the Internet, television, or radio then you were probably like me, glued...
Posted by David Logan
10/16/2012 at 11:44 AM
One of the great things about being the only law school in a state is that it facilitates a close relationship between the bench and bar.  Beginning on the first day of law school, when the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court administers an oath of professionalism, through the courses taught by leading judges on our Adjunct Faculty (federal judges Selya and Smith; state judges Flaherty, Healy, Fortunato, Procaccini, and Williams), to the externships in the chambers of federal judges (Selya, Thompson, Lisi, Smith, McConnell, and Almond) and state judges (Suttell, Goldberg, Flaherty,...
Posted by David Logan
10/12/2012 at 04:46 PM
We are very proud of our public interest programs, and a recent report from the Legal Services Corporation (the national organization that oversees the delivery of legal services to the poor) underscores why: we were saluted not once, but twice.  First, for our graduation requirement of 50 hours (cited along with Columbia, Penn, and Harvard) and then for our unique Pro Bono Collaborative, which links our law students, leading RI law firms, and community organizations that serve the poor. Here is a link to the full report.