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Posted by Library Blog
02/28/2014 at 12:30 PM
There’s still time this semester to learn more about the wealth of resources for legal research or improve your skills using Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.  You still have time to take advantage of the Prepare for Practice Certification Program class offerings coming up.  Even if you are not pursuing certification, you can learn more about the following from the Librarians: Transactional Research: Finding Legal Forms Find It Free & Fast: Reliable Websites for Legal Research Alternatives to Lexis & Westlaw: Casemaker and Fastcase Lexis Advance Representative Steve Albro and...
Posted by David Logan
02/27/2014 at 02:42 PM
An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.  Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school. The capacity crowd was LOUD, and the bidding spirited on all sorts of cool gifts and experiences, like tickets to pro sporting events, weekends at...
Posted by Library Blog
02/21/2014 at 05:18 PM
HeinOnline offers a wealth of resources for legal research.  You can print pdfs of law review and bar journal articles.  You can locate a wide variety of federal administrative, executive, legislative, and judicial materials.  You can search foreign, comparative, international, and United Nations documents.  HeinOnline continually adds new content.  Recently added is the HeinOnline collection for Immigration Law & Policy in the U.S.    According to HeinOnline,  “This monumental collection is a compilation of the most important historical...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2014 at 06:30 PM
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow http://law.rwu.edu/blog/harvard-law-dean-martha-minow-delivers-thurgood-marshall-memorial-lecture and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.) This year’s talk was given by Randall Kennedy, the Klein Professor of Law at Harvard, who served as Justice Marshall’s law clerk before he joined the Harvard faculty. And what a talk it was! A dynamic speaker, he shared fascinating stories that most of the...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2014 at 09:47 AM
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.  We sent two teams to the competition, sponsored by George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and RWU vanquished the competition, which included more than 2 dozen teams from across the country, from Utah (Brigham Young), Texas (Baylor), the Midwest (Minnesota and Notre Dame), to a slew from up and down the east coast: Florida State, GW, Georgetown,...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2014 at 10:25 AM
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research. To help RWU Law students prepare for “research in the real world”, the RWU Law Librarians developed the Prepare for Practice program: nine librarian-led classes supplemented by four online training classes. Classes cover legal research using...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2014 at 04:06 PM
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power. One of the important voices in this struggle for judicial independence is our own Professor (and Dean Designate) Michael Yelnosky, who played a key...
Posted by Library Blog
02/01/2014 at 07:34 AM
Although January has come and gone, it is not too late to make a New Year's Resolution!  Experts on the RWU School of Law staff offer New Year's Resolutions just for you!  Pat yourself on the back if you are doing or have done what they suggest! Dean Lalli Brief every case Remember why I came to law school Read a book (non-legal) Deborah Johnson Attend networking events Have fun (but not too much) Raquel Ortiz Attend a library instruction program.  For details, go to the Prepare for Practice law guide. Kathy Thompson Disconnect my iphone/android, Facebook and email when...
Posted by David Logan
01/30/2014 at 01:24 PM
For the past nine years, RWU Law has commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of activities, including a keynote speech, inspired by the life of the great civil rights leader. This year we were delighted to host the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge from New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Judge Rivera was a terrific guest, and in her formal remarks reflected on the importance of public service in general, and the role of lawyers in helping our society move closer to the vision of equality of the Declaration of Independence and Dr. King in...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2014 at 06:11 PM
As RWU Law celebrates its 20th anniversary http://law.rwu.edu/20th-anniversary, it is unsurprising that our graduates are taking important positions of leadership across Southern New England. From the RI Attorney General (Peter Kilmartin) and the mayors of Fall River (Will Flanagan) and New London (Daryl DiFinzio) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/class-2005-yields-pair-mayors, to Susan Pegden, the chief advisor to the Speaker of the RI House of Representatives http://law.rwu.edu/story/pegden-08-tapped-chief-counsel-slot, RWU grads are not just in the news but also influencing the lives of millions...