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Posted by David Logan
11/30/2012 at 01:55 PM
Once again, the law school fully participated in the ABA’s Pro Bono Celebration Week with an inspiring speaker and recognition of the incredible array of student public service work and pro bono activities through our signature program, The Pro Bono Collaborative. Akin Adepoju (RWU Law ’04), from the Federal Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh, spent a day on campus talking with students, staff and faculty about his death penalty work. His day started with a breakfast co-sponsored by the Feinstein Institute, the Association for Public Interest Law, the Criminal Law Society, the Multicultural Law...
Posted by David Logan
11/26/2012 at 05:42 PM
Well the 2012 Esther Clark Moot Court competition is in the books, and the crowd at the finals this year was treated to an excellent, very close match-up between 2Ls Antonio Viana and Thomas Pagliarini. The competitors deftly handled a firestorm of questions raised from the Rhode Island Supreme Court, making relatively bloodless preemption issues actually interesting.  The justices later commented that besides the excellence of the advocacy, the final decision was “very close” (actually a 3-2 split decision) in favor of Antonio. The competition is endowed by the family of Esther Clark, a...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 01:42 PM
The crown jewel of moot court is the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored for over 60 years by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Virtually every law school in America participates in a regional, with upwards of 1,000 competitors, so most law schools send their best competitors, and the regionals are the first stop on what can be a journey to NYC for the championships in the spring.  http://www.actl.com/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutUs/AwardsandCompetitions/NationalMootCourt/default.htm. I am delighted to announce that...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 09:52 AM
The RWU Law Military Law Society (MIL) conceived and directed our first-ever Veterans Day Celebration.  On a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon, dignitaries including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and RWU President Dr. Donald Farish were in Bristol to celebrate those from Roger Williams Law who have, and are, serving.  The ceremony had 3 purposes.  First, to honor a beloved member of the RWU Law family, Adjunct Professor Bill Coffey, who served in the Navy 1962-65.  Bill suddenly passed away over the previous weekend...
Posted by Library Blog
11/15/2012 at 04:57 PM
In addition to the excellent resources of the Academic Success Program, here’s a review of the various study aids offered by the Law Library. For reviewing legal concepts: The Law Library’s collection contains hornbooks and nutshells on almost every legal subject.  There are also titles from the Examples and Explanations and Understanding series.  Current editions of the study aids are shelved on Reserve and circulate for either two or forty-eight hours.  Older editions are shelved in the stacks and circulate for four weeks.  Look at the Study Aids Law Guides to determine...
Posted by David Logan
11/15/2012 at 04:03 PM
The roof was raised recently when the RWU Chorus and the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir gathered in the University’s Global Heritage Hall for an evening of soul-stirring gospel music.  The students, led by Chorus Director Jonathan Richter, enthusiastically performed three numbers before Prism of Praise, one of the real treasures of the Ocean State, took the stage for an hour of truly uplifting music, which had the whole place singing, swaying, and enjoying fellowship. The remarkable event  occurred due to the efforts of Deborah Johnson, the terrific Director of Diversity and...
Posted by Michael Hartley
11/15/2012 at 12:46 PM
We all had to take a lot of steps to get to law school.  This opportunity for us means a missed opportunity for someone else.  We can easily lose sight of that especially with our final memos being due in a week and exams being right around the corner.  Don’t forget this because when things seem impossible you can think, “I was smart enough to make it here, and I am smart enough to get through (fill in the blank but the blank is probably exams).” I know this blog is coming very late in the semester but I think that is very symbolic of how this semester is going.  It is...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2012 at 12:49 PM
The Massachusetts Bar Examiners have released the results of the July administration of its bar exam, and, once again, RWU Law grads performed at a very high level, leading all regional law schools in the overall pass rate, as well as the pass rate for first-time takers.  Coming on the heels of a very high pass rate in Connecticut (“RWU Tops Regional Law Schools on Connecticut Bar Exam”) this is even more evidence that RWU Law gives its graduates the tools they need to succeed.  Here is a breakdown of the first-time pass rate for the regional law schools on the 2012 MA bar exam:...
Posted by Library Blog
11/08/2012 at 11:11 AM
As you are writing a paper for a seminar class, Legal Methods or possibly law review, you may be wondering if there are any resources in the Law Library that you can consult for tips on polishing your paper.   Well, stop wondering and wander the Law Library’s Reference Collection that includes general and subject-specific dictionaries, regular and legal thesauri, grammar handbooks, and style manuals. The Reference Collection is shelved on the bookcases to the right as you enter the law library.  To the left as you enter the law library is a dictionary stand containing general...
Posted by David Logan
11/06/2012 at 09:59 AM
I am always proud of the accomplishments of members of the RWU Law community, but last week I learned of three remarkable ways that students honed their practical legal skills while helping the less fortunate. First up: a victory by students in our Immigration Law Clinic.  Luis Mancheno and Lipou Laliemthavisay, both 3Ls, appeared in Immigration Court in Boston, on behalf of a young Kenyan seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture, which provides refuge in the U.S. to those who can prove a danger of persecution or torture if repatriated; in this case the likelihood of...