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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
03/03/2016 at 11:47 AM
On March 3, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims became the third court to hear live arguments this year at RWU Law. Here are some photos from the event: The Court and the Lawyers Students Enjoying the Court's Q&A Session A Full House The Lawyers Relax After Argument   The Court and Lawyers Field Questions Getting Informal Advice from the Judges and Law Clerks Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island Director of Veterans Affairs                                    ...
Posted by David Coombs
02/24/2016 at 12:03 PM
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) will sit at the Roger Williams University School of Law on Wednesday March 2.  The Court will hear oral arguments in Robert Chisholm v. Robert McDonald, CAVC No. 15-1594.    If the name of the petitioner sounds familiar, it’s for good reason.  Mr. Chisholm is one of the founding partners in Chisholm, Chisholm, and Kilpatrick (CCK), a Providence, Rhode Island law firm with a national practice and reputation for representing disabled veterans in the CAVC and the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Last year, CCK and RWU...
Posted by Tanya Monestier
02/09/2016 at 02:11 PM
In January 2014, I taught Conflict of Laws for the first time at RWU Law.  As part of my preparation, I encountered what seemed to be a throwaway sentence in a study aid that said something to the effect of, “Some courts have held that registering to do business in a state subjects a company to general jurisdiction.”  My first response was, “What? That can’t be the case.”  But I dug a little deeper and discovered that, in fact, that was the case.  Many courts have held that the act of registering to do business and/or appointing an agent for service of process constitutes...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
02/03/2016 at 07:47 AM
At RWU Law we are proud of our leadership role in legal education. We have taken unprecedented steps to make law school more affordable, we continue to develop new and exciting programs, and we deliver in the classroom.   Still, it is always nice to get some external validation, and we have been getting plenty of late. When national media outlets and professional organizations praise our people and programs it makes it easier for us to get the word out that RWU Law is different from other law schools in ways that make us the best choice for most applicants.  Recently, for...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
01/22/2016 at 09:46 AM
Obtaining my law degree and law license were not easy tasks. I went to college and law school in the evenings while working full time and raising a young daughter. Yet I’m grateful that life has afforded me the good fortune that many others haven’t had, such as having been born in the United States.  Yes, it was fortuitous that I was born here, as my parents are Brazilian.  They came to the U.S. for a better life immediately after their wedding fifty years ago.   And though my siblings and I were born in the U.S., we were fortunate enough to have been raised in Brazil and...
Posted by Lorraine Lalli
01/12/2016 at 11:42 AM
Later this month, we will mark our Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week. This week-long event honors the contributions of Dr. King to the Civil Rights Movement. It involves a recognition and celebration of the progress that has been made, while also challenging our students and the broader community to look more deeply into the current constructs of our society, to identify inequality and injustice, and to develop ways of moving America closer to the ideal envisioned by Dr. King. This year’s keynote address on Thursday, January 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the School of Law will be...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/29/2015 at 12:34 PM
This year our perhaps inappropriately named “spring” semester begins on Wednesday, January 6th and ends fifteen weeks later, on Wednesday, April 27th. (We take off one week for “spring” break in early March).  Exams follow, and commencement exercises for the class of 2016 are on Friday, May 13th.   One of the signature aspects of a legal education at RWU Law is the number and quality of programs we offer during our fourteen-week semesters.  For example, in the fall semester the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held live argument at the law school ... as did...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/21/2015 at 09:30 AM
I know that lots of people hate Twitter, and I know many of the reasons.   Too many tweets are inane (“I am having an awesome grilled cheese for lunch”); there are too many abbreviations and symbols used on Twitter (what do @ and # mean anyway?); the 140-character limit makes it impossible to convey anything meaningful; and Twitter is accelerating the destruction of written English. Young people cannot write elegant prose, and they would not be able to recognize it if they saw it. #OMG! Nevertheless, I tweet.  Enthusiastically. Every weekday (and often on the weekend).  Prior...
Posted by Carl Bogus
12/14/2015 at 08:33 AM
We are understandably shaken. The massacre in Paris left not just France but the entire West feeling vulnerable. On Black Friday, Americans rushed out to buy – not only new electronic gadgets and toys for Christmas – but guns. The FBI processed the largest number of gun purchase background checks ever submitted on a single day. Five days later – as if in answer to the question “How long will it be before something similar happens in the United States?” – the mass shootings occurred in San Bernardino, California. The president of Liberty University urged students to apply for concealed weapons...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
12/04/2015 at 10:57 AM
Over the past several years, RWU Law has made significant strides in increasing the diversity of its student body.  When I arrived here in February 2011, the percentage of students in the 2010 entering class who identified as a member of a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession was 15%.  That percentage has risen to 25% with the current 1L class and the racial and ethnic diversity of the overall student body stands at 23%.  Indeed the law school’s student body is more diverse today than it has ever been – more accurately reflecting the...