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Posted by Jared Goldstein
01/26/2015 at 01:00 AM
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, I’ll be interviewing Donald Verrilli, Jr., the Solicitor General of the United States, in an event that’s been billed as a “Fireside Chat.” Those looking to find warmth in these winter months may be disappointed that there will be no actual fire, only a lot of chat. Since I have no experience doing public interviewing, I’m guessing that I was chosen because in 1996, in my first real job as a lawyer, I had the good fortune to work as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. The Solicitor General is responsible for all litigation on behalf of the...
Posted by Laurie Barron
01/20/2015 at 11:36 PM
Our annual Public Interest Auction is right around the corner – on January 30th at the Providence Biltmore! It’s a one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed.  Each year we bring together our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Providence legal community for an evening of elegance that celebrates our students and alumni dedicated to serving low-income and disenfranchised communities in New England and around the country.  The event raises funds for RWU Law’s many public interest programs, including our Public Interest Summer Stipend Program, Alternative Spring Break, and...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
01/12/2015 at 10:39 AM
The week of January 19-23, 2015 marks RWU Law's 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, a time during which the law school observes the many contributions of Dr. King (and others) to the Civil Rights Movement.  As in past years, multiple events and activities have been planned for this year's celebration week. On Monday – the King Holiday – members of the RWU Law community will join Rhode Islanders at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.  This popular community breakfast is attended each year by hundreds of Rhode Islanders who gather not only to...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/23/2014 at 12:58 PM
On December 19th, the RWU community gathered at One Empire Street  to announce the signing of a lease that will provide the School of Law with more, better, and new space to pursue its mission.  We were joined in the celebration by Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, a long-time supporter of the School of Law, and Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza, who was a member of our faculty for almost ten years before his election in November.  The new building will serve as the hub of our experiential education programs and permit our students to continue to provide access to justice to Rhode...
Posted by Kimberly Ahern
12/15/2014 at 03:26 PM
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges attending.  It has been a long-standing tradition that attendees are asked to bring a gift to donate to the annual Toys-for-Tots toy drive and this year was an overwhelming success with two large bins full of toys donated!  Thank you to all the attendees who generously donated a toy this year.    In addition to this being the first Holiday Reception with Dean Yelnosky at the helm...
Posted by Veronica Paricio
12/08/2014 at 01:00 AM
The Office of Career Development recently hosted the fall session of their Exploring Your Options event in the RWU Law Atrium. An array of attorneys attended the event to share information with our law students on what it is like to work in different areas of the legal industry, focusing on the public sector. A majority of the employer representatives in attendance were alumni of the School of Law, which allowed students to have more in-depth and personal conversations about transitioning from law student to legal practitioner.  "Exploring Your Options was a great event," said Nicole...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
11/25/2014 at 08:37 AM
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our nation and society.  (Cada año, del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebramos en los Estados Unidos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que es una oportunidad para dirigir la atencion nacional a las contribuciones de la comunidad hispana a la sociedad estadounidense.)  With the recent elections of RWU Law Professor (and former Providence Housing Court Judge) Jorge Elorza as Mayor of Providence and Nellie Gorbea as the...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
11/17/2014 at 10:33 AM
As the shortest day of the year approaches, it can be uplifting to recall the long, bright days of summer. Just months ago, across practice settings and across the country, many of our students used the summer months to gain valuable experience, make connections, and experiment – to look for that space in the vast network of legal careers that will provide them professional and personal satisfaction. Here, three of our students share their experiences from the past summer: CHRISTINE K. CASTRO, 2L Women’s Law Project (Pittsburgh, PA) “This summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Women’...
Posted by Danielle Dufault
11/10/2014 at 01:27 PM
In a hard-fought battle, Brett Beaubien edged out John Ryan Henry in the finals of the 19th Esther Clark Moot Court competition. The competition drew a large crowd of faculty members,  attorneys, students, and even participants' family members. The Rhode Island Supreme Court graciously dedicated its time and wisdom to judge these talented oralists. Also special acknowledgment to Ed Pare who was awarded Best Brief! Congratulations to all sixteen new members of the Moot Court Board including: Brian Almeida Mikela Almeida Mangelin Acevedo Brett Beaubien Andrew Blais Jonathan Cabot Casey...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/29/2014 at 10:11 AM
RWU Law has always been more affordable than most of our peer schools.  Last year we took a bold step and widened that gap considerably by reducing our tuition by 18% and freezing tuition for each year of a law student’s course of study.  We recognized what too many schools want to deny - that the job market for lawyers has softened and that reducing graduates’ debt makes it easier for them to find their way in that market. The Wall Street Journal and other national publications noticed our leadership on affordability. But there is no quick fix to the debt problem.  Thus, we...