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Posted by David Logan
07/07/2009 at 11:00 PM
Despite the slow down in legal hiring this past year, we are pleased to report that RWU 2008 graduates fared well. In fact 92.1 % of our graduates were employed or pursuing a graduate LLM degree, running slightly ahead of the national average as reported by the National Association for Law Placement, which collects data six months after graduation. Also noteworthy, 13% of our 2008 graduates were selected for judicial clerkships while nationwide only 9.6% secured those prestigious positions. And, finally, 8% of our graduates went into the public interest sector outpacing the national rate,...
Posted by David Logan
07/01/2009 at 11:00 PM
One of the stars of the RWU Law faculty is Emily Sack, who has already earned a national reputation for her work on a broad array of domestic violence issues. Emily, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University School of Law, has published articles in a number of important law reviews, including the Northwestern University Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review, and has participated in symposia at Brigham Young, Catholic University, and St. John’s law schools.  One of Emily’s articles was cited repeatedly in Justice Steven’s dissenting opinion...
Posted by David Logan
05/27/2009 at 11:00 PM
One of the vexing problems associated with globalization is what to do when an American consumer is injured by a product manufactured by a foreign manufacturer. Prof. Louise Ellen Teitz recently testified on these complex issues before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and she was a natural choice because she has taught and written about transnational litigation for over two decades. She has also represented the State Department at the Hague Conference in connection with the Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention, The Choice of Court Convention, and the Conventions on Service of Process...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
Answer: sigh.... unfortunately, yes. It’s that time of year again, kiddies, and once again I’m fighting the urge to run down to the patio at Aidans, enjoy the beautiful weather in the East Bay, and pretend that I didn’t decide to come to law school. Some days I wake up, look around, and ask myself why the heck I decided to spend my mid-twenties slaving away in front of a computer, prisoner to my own need for perfection. But then the next day comes, and some exciting opportunity like visiting the SCOTUS, or externing at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, or working this summer at the US...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/22/2009 at 11:00 PM
We are a week away from finals and just finished registering for classes, its this time of year more than others that everyone has a tip for you and your success. There are plenty of theories about which classes to take, how best to study, and the best ways to ensure you pass the bar the first time around. Generally speaking I have listened to these thoughts because they are shared by well-meaning people who truly want to offer you their experiences. At the end of the day, for me anyways, I more or less do what I want. Personally speaking my interests in the law are vast and varied, so I have...
Posted by David Logan
04/15/2009 at 11:00 PM
Last week, our own Courtney Cahill participated in a symposium on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s jurisprudence, held at the Ohio State University. The program drew legal luminaries from across the country, including Cynthia Estlund (NYU), Pam Karlan (Stanford), Kenneth Karst (UCLA), Martha Nussbaum (Chicago), Reva Siegel (Yale), Chris Slobogin (Vanderbilt), Wendy Williams (Georgetown), and Tobias Wolff (Penn). What made this a unique experience was the rare opportunity to join in a discussion of a sitting justice’s jurisprudence with the justice in attendance. The symposium brochure provides...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
Looks like I’ve been remiss in my blogging duties. I looked back and saw that I haven’t posted anything since February, and so much has happened since then. The Public Interest Auction, Barrister’s Ball, Spring Break, and just last weekend, a trip to DC to hear arguments in front of the Supreme Court and meet Justice Alito and Senator Whitehouse. Those who read this blog with any frequency will know that I love DC, and would like one day to live there. If I could get a job, that would be great too. DC has a great energy, and I think it’s an energy that any law student would vibe on. Everyone...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/02/2009 at 11:00 PM
This past weekend a group of 2L honors students had the opportunity to take a trip to Washington DC. As part of the US Supreme Court Cases class we attended arguments at the Supreme Court, met with Justice Alito and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and toured the Capital building. We prepared for the trip by reading the briefs for Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey and then hearing about the finer points of this bankruptcy case from Professor Chung. It was very interesting to see the Justices who’s opinions we have read listen and react to the arguments presented. It was also great to see the...
Posted by Regina Curran
03/05/2009 at 12:00 AM
It seems like I just turned around and it was March. I don’t know if its job searching, the two three day weekends we had, or just longing for summer, but spring semester feels faster than fall.  This weekend is Barrister’s Ball (or law prom as we sometimes call it) and then in a week and a half we’ll be off for spring break. The semester has thus far presented numerous unique opportunities to meet lawyers and politicians from around the state. In February I had the opportunity to attend the opening of the Latino Policy Institute at the Roger Williams Providence campus. The LPI was co-...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/12/2009 at 12:00 AM
This past weekend I travelled with five other Moot Court Board members to Regent University in Virginia Beach to participate in their National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. We sent two teams, each team consisting of two oralists and one brief writer. For my team, made up of 2Ls, it was the first time any of us had competed outside of the in-house RWU competitions like the 1L Mini Moot and the Esther Clark Competition. Not knowing what to expect, we prepared incessantly, knowing that you can never really anticipate all of the questions a judge will throw your way. We made a strong...