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Posted by Regina Curran
08/29/2009 at 11:00 PM
After 20 years of formal education I am in disbelief that this is the last year. In 9 short months I am going to put on a robe and funny hat, walk across a stage, and finally have that JD behind my name! In the meantime there are classes, job searching, and bar applications. Classes started last week and already I can tell that 3L year is going to be quite different than the last two. First difference: the job search. My friends and I are already experiencing a variety of differences on this front. One friend has accepted an offer to work at a firm in DC after graduating. My roommate will be...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
08/29/2009 at 11:00 PM
And so it begins, the 2L year… no longer a newbie, not yet a JD… the beginning of any academic year brings with it a sense of new opportunities, a chance to prove yourself in the context of new classes, with new professors and fellow students, and to redeem yourself with familiar faces, with whom you toiled through 1L year.  There’s a buzz in the air, excitement of having relinquished that 1L title, the pride of knowing we survived it, and are wiser now, at least to the extent that we know what to expect!  I’m ready for the new start-- Brand new highlighters eagerly await the...
Posted by David Logan
08/26/2009 at 11:00 PM
As students return to RWU for the beginning of fall classes, I thought I would provide snapshots of a couple of rising 3Ls who had unique summer experiences…. Jay Resmini Jay Resmini spent his summer in Los Angeles, working in the Worldwide TV Distribution Legal Department of MGM studios.  He was immersed in entertainment law, with projects changing almost daily. The highlight: a project for the Vice President involving a 64 picture agreement with French television. Jay: “I had to regularly communicate with the many players involved.  At first I was a bit intimidated, especially...
Posted by David Logan
08/23/2009 at 11:00 PM
Over the last 6 years RWU Law has been an active participant in shaping both the present and the future of law school admissions through service to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  While LSAC is best known for administering the LSAT, it is a non-profit organization that governs much of the legal admissions process in the United States, Canada, and Australia (and soon India and China!).  We are proud that LSAC has appointed three of our own to prestigious posts. Michael Boylen, our Assistant Dean of Admissions, has been appointed Chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and...
Posted by David Logan
08/16/2009 at 11:00 PM
On July 16, 2009, Paul Suttell was sworn in as Rhode Island’s 51st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with state and federal judges, political leaders, family and friends in attendance.  In spite of the dreary day, the atmosphere was festive, reflecting the remarkably broad array of support (a unanimous vote in the Senate) for the jurist from Little Compton, who has moved from the Family Court (where he served 1990-2003), to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (2003-09), and now to the pinnacle of the state judiciary as Chief Justice. Dean Bastone and I attended the ceremony, where...
Posted by David Logan
08/11/2009 at 11:00 PM
The WSJ has profiled Chantal Tocci (’04) and her unique career path.  By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN Two years ago, Chantal Tocci quit a job as a law-school admissions coordinator to escape a difficult boss. As she networked to find her next position, Ms. Tocci told her tai chi instructor—also a production executive for the Fox TV show “America’s Most Wanted”—that she was on the hunt. He said the program had an opening for a production assistant in the hotline department. Ms. Tocci applied for the job and got it. In her second week, she took a call from a tipster that led to an arrest—the...
Posted by David Logan
08/05/2009 at 11:00 PM
One of the highlights of the 2007-08 academic year was the extended visit we had from Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  While many law schools get a cameo appearance from a Justice, the entire RWU Law family got to spend time with the outspoken jurist: breakfast for leaders in the bench and bar, a lunch with faculty, a public session, a meeting with student leaders, and a Constitutional Law class for all 2Ls.  More recently, I traveled to Washington to present the Justice with an Honorary Degree which the law school Board of Directors had...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2009 at 11:00 PM
RWU Law launched its Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program this summer. Created through the generosity of RWU President Dr. Roy J. Nirschel, and Jack and Sara McConnell, the program provides financial assistance to alumni who represent indigent clients in civil and criminal proceedings. Our first recipients are a terrific group of recent grads who as students took full advantage of our exemplary clinical, externship and public service programs while at RWU Law.  Here are brief descriptions of the important work that the program supports and below that some pics from a summer...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2009 at 11:00 PM
When the Liberian Ambassador to the United States, Nathaniel Barnes, visited RWU Law last semester he did more than just meet with our students, faculty and staff.  He told a moving story of the needs of the Liberian legal community which sparked an interest among our students to make a difference.  As a result, the School of Law and its students embarked on a book drive to benefit the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia.  With the support of the law library, members of the faculty, and many students, the school collected over 200 books on a range of...
Posted by David Logan
07/14/2009 at 11:00 PM
The Roger Williams Law Alumni Association (LAA) held its annual meeting in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the RI Bar Association. The event offered an opportunity to salute the RWU Law graduates who serve in the Rhode Island Legislature: Senators Daniel P. Connors ’02 and Christopher Maselli ’99, and Rhode Island House of Representatives Robert B. Jacquard ’98, Peter F. Kilmartin ’98, and J. Patrick O’Neill ’98. Daniel is the Senate Majority Leader, representing Cumberland and Lincoln since he was elected in 1996. Christopher was elected in 2006, and is currently the Chairman of the...