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Posted by Tom Peterson
05/22/2014 at 10:39 AM
After eleven years as Dean, Dean David Logan is going to be stepping down as Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law and returning to teaching full time at the Law School.  On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the School of Law took a moment to honor Dean Logan's service as Dean in a ceremony renaming the main conference room on the second floor in his honor.  I had the chance to attend the ceremony and wanted to share some of the photos from the event.  Dean Logan was joined by his family, friends, colleagues, distinguished members of the Bench and Bar, faculty, staff and...
Posted by David Logan
05/20/2014 at 03:55 PM
It has been another great year at the Marine Affairs Institute. On Tuesday, April 15, our partners at Rhode Island Sea Grant hosted the 4th Annual Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Colloquium. The Colloquium showcased the work of our Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows this past year. Law Fellows are second and third year law students who work with outside organizations that have questions of marine law or policy. The Law Fellow Program is another example of RWU Law’s commitment to experiential learning. This past year twelve students worked on twenty-three different projects - ranging...
Posted by David Logan
05/16/2014 at 02:10 PM
One of our hugely successful efforts to give our upper-level students the chance to hone their lawyering skills before graduation is our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program, run by one of the most dynamic members of our faculty, Professor Cecily Banks. The program places RWU Law students in the offices of select RI and Mass companies, and enables the best kind of skills training: on-the-job. From contract drafting to compliance, and from intellectual property to international negotiations, our students will be able to hit the ground running in a broad range of transactional work (...
Posted by David Logan
05/13/2014 at 04:09 PM
As we wrap up exams and head into the summer, we always take a moment to salute the pro bono accomplishments of the graduating class. Students, faculty, staff, and the many lawyers and judges who supervise our students as they get valuable on-the-job training while fulfilling our 50-hour mandatory pro bono requirement gathered in Providence to salute student dedication. There are really two parts of the program: recognition of the winners of individual awards, and the students who substantially exceed the 50 hour requirement. The award winners are: • Public Interest Award: Marcus Swift and...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/13/2014 at 11:14 AM
First, I would like to apologize for the amount of time between my last post and this one.  It has been a hectic semester and it is amazing how fast time flies!  I finished up my last final last Thursday and I have been able to take a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past semester.  Overall, the classes were great and with finals in the rear view mirror it is a blessing.  We won’t find out our grades for another month or so, but it is just good to have them finished.  Spring came late this year and we had snow even in April, but the weather has turned beautiful...
Posted by David Logan
05/09/2014 at 11:20 AM
The Mighty Quahogs Softball Team has become a tradition at RWU law, playing not just in New England, but also at the national tournament held at the University of Virginia each year. The trip to Charlottesville has a special place in my heart because I am a graduate of UVA, and it was my class that began what has now mushroomed into a huge event, with teams of law students from up...
Posted by David Logan
05/06/2014 at 04:17 PM
A signature program at RWU law is our Immigration Clinic, where upper-level students get hands-on experience representing clients trying to navigate the incredibly complex immigration system. Building on past successes, Clinic Director (and RWU law alum) Deb Gonzalez and her students continue to seek and obtain justice for the vulnerable among us. Here are nutshells of two recent victories and below that are pictures of some of our successful student advocates and their teacher. First case: The client...
Posted by David Logan
05/02/2014 at 12:59 PM
RWU has a robust moot court program that runs all year with students competing internally (the Esther Clark Competition, judged by the RI Supreme Court) and externally, as extramural teams travel to a broad array of national competitions, like the championship we won last month in the National Religious Liberty Competition, sponsored by George Washington Law School). Given that Marine Affairs is a center of excellence at RWU, we are especially proud of our track record of success in the John Y. Brown Admiralty Competition, coming in second last year
Posted by David Logan
04/29/2014 at 10:08 AM
RWU Law and the Thurgood Marshall Law Society recently held the 11th annual Diversity Symposium Dinner, and once again, a mix of high school, college, and law students joined an impressive array of lawyers and judges for dinner and discussion at the Providence Marriott. This year’s event was special for a number of reasons, not least a panel of five judges discussing their deeply personal stories en route to the bench. Judges Rogeriee Thompson (United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit), Ed Clifton and Luis Matos (Rhode Island Superior Court), Bill Clifton (Rhode Island District...
Posted by Library Blog
04/26/2014 at 08:06 AM
For quick and easy access to federal and state case law, try the Law Library's new subscription to Fastcase!  Fastcase is the number one smartphone app for lawyers, according to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report.  Retrieve cases in  HTML, and download them to pdf, print, or email.  To access Fastcase, you do not need to create a user name or password (though you will need to type in your name and barcode from the back of your law school ID to access Fastcase from an off-campus computer). Did you know that case law from Fastcase is now intergrated in HeinOnline?...