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Posted by David Logan
05/30/2013 at 02:04 PM
Cybersecurity is the next frontier for clients in finance, health care, and energy, as well as for law enforcement and national security.  Cybercrime is on the rise – from the White House to the Pentagon, from America’s biggest corporations and health-care organizations to the small business next door.    Cyber is increasingly important, and only a few experts and practitioners have a working knowledge of how cyber interacts with law, policy, and regulation. In an innovative program open not just to law students, but also to lawyers, business people, and public servants, RWU...
Posted by David Logan
05/24/2013 at 11:03 AM
I often use this blog to talk about the amazing array of experiential learning opportunities that RWU Law is able to offer as the only law school in Rhode Island. But as we approach our 20th Anniversary, it’s becoming increasingly clear just how deeply RWU Law has penetrated Rhode Island legal culture – up to and including the state judiciary. Here are just three examples from the recent weeks. Tim Gumkowski ’06, a successful public defender with Brooklyn Defender Services, got his start at Roger Williams, working in our Criminal Defense Clinic (he was the first law student in Rhode Island...
Posted by David Logan
05/20/2013 at 11:12 AM
Many RWU Law grads take the Connecticut bar exam and the state bar provides much helpful data that facilitates comparisons between and among regional law schools. The results for the February exam were just released and once again RWU Law students prove that they were well prepared.  Here are the first time pass rates of schools that had a dozen or more takers:                                       ...
Posted by David Logan
05/16/2013 at 12:58 PM
One of the pleasures of being the dean at RWU is that I get to go on the road and spend time with our successful alums across the country: in recent weeks it was NYC, Miami (actually Coral Gables) and Boston with Denver and Philidelphia on the horizon. We always pick a fun spot to gather; in NY a lounge with killer views of the neon on Times Square, in Florida a hip wine bar, Cibo, and in Boston, we partied at Clink, the very cool bar in a former jail.  Here are some pics from those fun evenings. Jason Pullman '10 and Jared Arader '11 Alexis Morel '08 and Alex Vera '10 Dean Logan and...
Posted by Michael Rekola
05/15/2013 at 11:52 AM
Growing up I was always told the same thing.  Words that rang clear and brought dreams of the future filled with hopes and adventures that were captivating while simultaneously engulfing. Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… Go find your own Everest… I had never known what the words truly meant, nor do I still know what they mean. This is because it seems that when one takes on a new task, challenge, or endeavor they simply do not realize the consequences that can flow from something seemingly so innocent.  When I was twelve and my mother signed me up for Boy Scouts...
Posted by David Logan
05/10/2013 at 11:55 AM
One of our many innovative scholars is Michael Burger, who has developed expertise in controversial areas, including “fracking” http://law.rwu.edu/story/burger-fracking-and-federalism and the impact of the melting polar icecap http://law.rwu.edu/blog/young-faculty-star-tackles-impact-oil-rush-arctic Now he is taking on a much broader topic: the making of the “American Empire.” With a co-author from the Princeton faculty, Michael is considering some fundamental understandings of property rights by looking closely at the treatment of Indian lands and the expropriation of intellectual property...
Posted by David Logan
05/06/2013 at 03:30 PM
The crowning achievement for many 3Ls is the opportunity to serve as a law clerk to a judge after graduation.  Judicial clerkships provide a great transition from the ivory tower of law school to practice, and often yield a mentor/mentee relationship that lasts a lifetime (as was the case for me). http://law.rwu.edu/sites/law.rwu.edu/files/flipbooks/spring2012/index.html#/20/ I am proud to report on the success of recent RWU Law grads in the highly competitive clerkship market: more than 15% of the class of 2012 landed judicial clerkships. Below you can see how that number compares with...
Posted by David Logan
05/03/2013 at 03:23 PM
It is hard to believe that ten years have passed since our first Diversity Symposium Dinner, held during my first year as Dean, but it proves to the larger community that we are committed to diversifying the bench and bar.  It has been deeply rewarding to see the large number of attendees at this signature event, especially our alums as they make their mark in the profession.  Among our guests this year were state and federal judges, the Providence City Solicitor, and the Legal Counsel to the Governor, as well as students from local colleges, universities, high schools and, of...