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Posted by Michael Rekola
08/26/2013 at 09:36 AM
Life is one continuous story.  Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order).  You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity.    Within the past year my life has gone from middle, to end, and ultimately to a beginning.  An odd order or flux but that’s because the current trajectory of my life began in the Fall of 2010 when I accepted an offer for admission at Roger Williams...
Posted by David Logan
08/23/2013 at 02:36 PM
Believe it or not, the new school year is up and running – and we have already welcomed a terrific batch of future RWU lawyers.  There are 115 students in the Class of 2016, equally balanced between men and women. Their average age is 25. They are notably diverse, with 25% hailing from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, and they speak many languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, Cantonese, and Hindi. Their professional backgrounds are also diverse, including folks who have worked as: the Chief of Staff to the Providence City...
Posted by David Logan
08/20/2013 at 04:56 PM
The RWU Law community officially kicked off its 20th Anniversary year at the annual Law Alumni Association (LAA) breakfast held in conjunction with the Rhode Island Bar Association's annual meeting.  The breakfast brought together judges, lawyers, alumni, faculty, and staff to reflect on the school's milestone anniversary. Deborah Pannullo’97 and Professor Michael Yelnosky Professor and President Emeritus Anthony Santoro with Stephen Bernardo’98 At the gathering, the LAA scholarship recipients were announced. The 2013 winners are Michael Hartley’15 and Meghan Kruger’15. Michael...
Posted by David Logan
08/19/2013 at 02:07 PM
One of the stars of our faculty, Michael Yelnosky, is making quite a name for his empirical work on the judicial selection process.  His initial focus was the state level, and a conference he organized critiqued the ways judges have been selected in Rhode Island, reaching some interesting, indeed controversial conclusions. http://law.rwu.edu/story/professor-yelnosky-leads-judicial-selection-forum Now he has turned his focus to the federal level, with an op-ed in the Washington Post that shed light on the lack of diversity on the all-important ABA panel that pre-screens all nominees for...
Posted by David Logan
08/15/2013 at 03:16 PM
The last issue of the RWU Law magazine contained a picture of my bobblehead collection and offered a prize to the entrant with who identified the largest number. Here is the picture and below that is the answer key.   1.     Mick Jagger2.     Elwood Blues (“The Blues Brothers”)/ Dan Akroyd3.     Jake Blues (“The Blues Brothers”)/John Belushi4.     Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg5.     Peter Griffin (“Family Guy”)6.     Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci7.     Grandpa Munster/ Al Lewis8....
Posted by David Logan
08/09/2013 at 04:54 PM
Marek Bute '05 was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA.  (LGBT Attorneys Full Listing here) Marek is an associate at Snell & Wilmer, Las Vegas, Nevada. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction, foreclosure and collection, insurance, and sports and entertainment. Marek is local counsel for Lambda Legal and co-counsel for O’Melveney & Meyers on the landmark Nevada Marriage Equality case Sevcik v. Sandoval, challenging Nevada’s ban on same-sex...
Posted by David Logan
07/25/2013 at 02:59 PM
  A session with Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States A visit from retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States The final round of our Clark Moot Court Competition, held in the Rhode Island Supreme Court A Waterfire  Jan Schlichtman (A Civil Action) will deliver the Santoro Lecture Faculty vs. Student Jeopardy A celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan, keynoted by Judge Robert Sack (United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) A symposium on whether the...
Posted by David Logan
07/22/2013 at 12:15 PM
With the start of a new school year less than a month away, I wanted to highlight two signature events hosted by RWU Law.  The first is the fundraiser for our unique Pro Bono Collaborative http://law.rwu.edu/pbc.  The event garnered attention from Providence Business News (http://law.rwu.edu/story/pbn-pro-bono-collaborative-reception), which noted that the “yearly event raises funds to provide legal services for low-income citizens in Rhode Island by connecting some of the state’s larger law firms with community organizations in need of legal aid.” From among the hundred-plus...
Posted by David Logan
07/15/2013 at 10:15 AM
I reported last year that RWU Law students praise the quality of instruction that they receive. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/student-satisfaction-their-rwu-law-faculty-remains-high The most recent set of student evaluations (rated on a 1-5 score, with 4 being “very good” and 5 “excellent”) is consistent: 1L courses (Contracts, Civ Pro, Property, Torts, and Legal Methods): average of above 4.3 Upper level required courses: average of above 4.0 Experiential Learning: average above 4.8 (with our new In-House Counsel Clinical Externship earning a perfect score of 5.0!). This data confirms that RWU...
Posted by David Logan
07/03/2013 at 01:25 PM
What a beautiful day! With happy graduates, and proud family, friends, and faculty, we celebrated Commencement 2013.   We were especially honored that we were joined by Morris Dees, the legendary Civil Rights lawyer and one of the top judges in Rhode Island, Alice Gibney.  Congratulations graduates!                         Directors Stephen Prignano, Judge Will Smith, and Justice Frank Flaherty President Farish, Honorary Degree Recipients Morris Dees and Alice Gibney,...