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Posted by Hala Furst
08/01/2008 at 12:00 AM
Writer’s note: I wrote this while traveling in London. I simply cannot say enough good things about the program! There are few greater thrills in life that hearing a man in a wig and a robe use something you, a mere American student, told him in chambers to question a barrister in open court. Perhaps that needs some context. For the last week and a half, I have had the privilege of sitting on the bench of the Croydon Crown Court, immediately to the left of His Honour Judge Kenneth MacRae. In front of me, I see a courtroom laid out in a similar fashion to one in the US, but with striking...
Posted by Hala Furst
05/15/2008 at 12:00 AM
Hi everybody. As you know it has been finals time around these parts, and we just finished last Saturday. It still seems strange to think that I am finished with my 1L year. It hasn’t really hit me yet, for a variety of reasons, but one of which is that this week is the Law Review Write-On competition, so many of us are still working 14 hour days trying to get onto next year’s Law Review by submitting a comment or a note. It’s interesting work, but to be completely honest, it is exhausting. I think they do this on purpose; make you submit right after finals, when you are already emotionally,...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/25/2008 at 12:00 AM
Exams are back. Meh. I just can’t get that excited about them. I don’t know why I’m lacking the requisite fear, I really have no right to be this calm. Maybe I’m just fooling myself, staving off the panic. Or maybe it’s that I’ve done this once before, and I survived, so I know I’ll be ok. Which is not to say I’ll do well, just that I might not die on the inside. Personally, I think most of it has to do with the fact that Spring has come to Lil’ Rhody, and it is BEAUTIFUL outside. Blue, cloudless skies, lush, green grass, sparkling, navy blue water, a light, refreshing breeze that carries...
Posted by David Logan
04/14/2008 at 12:00 AM
For the last couple years, RWU Law students have had the unique opportunity to learn “The Lessons of Litigation", a course designed and taught by one of the top federal judges, the Hon. Bruce Selya, from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. (Judge Selya also serves on the RWU Law Board of Directors.) Today’s ProJo adds another important responsibility to the judge’s work: he has been named Chief Judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review by Chief Justice John Roberts. The Court handles government requests for wiretaps and other electronic...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/13/2008 at 12:00 AM
That might be an overstatement (especially since it was penned in memory of people who had given their lives for this country), but it is the final push before finals. If last semester was all about learning to stay above water, this semester was about swimming for shore, and rapidly. I haven’t been studying as hard as I did last semester because, like everyone in the first year, I’ve been hustling, hustling for summer placements, jobs, internships, classes for the summer and next year, and figuring out which way we want our careers to go over the next two years. We’ve been attending lectures...
Posted by Hala Furst
03/26/2008 at 12:00 AM
So, Spring Break wasn’t much of a break, since I and six of my colleagues were working with the Mississippi Center for Justice on the Gulf Coast. However, it was incredibly energizing and exciting in that “fire in your belly” sort of way. It reminded me of why I had come to law school, and showed me that helping people with a law degree really is possible. I can’t say enough good things about the people of North Gulfport, where I was working, going door to door telling community members about a container port that was supposed to be built on 70 acres of wetlands, just 100 feet from their...
Posted by Hala Furst
03/06/2008 at 01:00 AM
Remember the feeling you had the last week of school before graduation when you were a high school senior? At my school, we all took our finals earlier in the month, so we had literally nothing to do, or if we did, we didn’t care. I believe they call it senioritis. Anyway, that’s the feeling that is wafting through the 1Ls classrooms on this, the week before Spring Break. And understandably so. Last week we had our 18 page appellate brief first submission due, and it was a doozie. If you thought the memo was bad, this is it’s older brother, and it will not only take your lunch money, if will...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/19/2008 at 01:00 AM
I have literally no idea what the undergrads that live below me are doing right now. It sounds like a steel cage match in which one of the participants is a dead orangutan, and the other may or may not be a giant steamer trunk. They are making the walls shake, and I am beginning to fear the house might fall down around me- it is, after all, over two CENTURIES old. At least this isn’t as bad as the time I was awoken in the wee hours of the morning before my Torts final to hear Mariah Carrey’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat for at least and hour and a half, at a volume...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/13/2008 at 01:00 AM
Yesterday morning I stood up in front of a room full of my peers and was able to say “Mr. Chief Justice, I have a question.” It was awesome. John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court held a question and answer session for students and faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law yesterday morning. I was one of the lucky few who won the lottery to attend, and one of the even luckier few who got to pose a question to the Chief. He was an amiable man, and very open to our questions, if exceedingly careful in his answers . I didn’t agree with much of what he said,...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/07/2008 at 01:00 AM
The days are just flying by here at Roger Williams University School of Law. Already we are firmly in our second month back, and already I am starting to feel a wee bit overwhelmed. It was supposed to get easier, folks. We have a semester under our belts. It was supposed to be old hat by now. I was supposed to have all the answers and be exceedingly, obnoxiously, almost irrationally intelligent. That didn’t happen. I was sitting in class today, trying to wrap my mind around supplemental jurisdiction, and I realized quite abruptly that I was not that smart, and that Civil Procedure would in...