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Posted by Library Blog
02/25/2010 at 01:00 AM
For law students and lawyers alike, many will have frequent need to research the rules for a particular court such as a district or superior court in the case of civil litigation or a criminal trial.  Appellate work requires expert knowledge of the appellate court’s rules. Court rules may be published in the state’s statutory code, in separate pamphlets, or in the state case reports.  For example, the big green pamphlet Rhode Island Court Rules Annotated (Stacks and Reserve, KFR30 .1956 .A21 2009) contains rules for the Supreme, Superior, District, Family, Workers’ Compensation, and...
Posted by David Logan
02/24/2010 at 01:00 AM
Congratulations to newlyweds Jennifer Coliflores‘11 and Eric Rosenthal of Pawtucket, R.I. who were married before TV cameras and family and friends in January.  The couple won the grand prize of a $40,000 wedding in a contest sponsored by NBC10 WJAR and Video Excellence.  The grand prize included the ceremony officiated by daytime-tv star Judge Frank Caprio, and a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, wedding music, photography, videography, wedding attire for both the bride and the groom, wedding rings, invitations, the honeymoon, planning services, hair and makeup,...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/18/2010 at 12:13 PM
This past week was a very, very long week.  There’s a study somewhere that states Roger William School of Law Students have earned the ranking of one of the highest, if not the highest score, regarding how many hours per day a student here studies.  Please don’t ask me where I read this study right now because it is 10:30 on a Sunday night and I think I put in over 35 hours of studying this weekend alone.  I’m tired.  But I remember reading the results and wondering why we earned this particular title.  Are the students here more competitive?  Did the school...
02/18/2010 at 11:29 AM
I never study in the library. It’s not that I don’t like the library (it’s actually quite nice in there), but I just can’t be productive there. Now, I say this while my upstairs neighbor practices his bass guitar (I guess you’re never too old for teenage angst) and I watch “High Fidelity” and write this entry rather than editing a paper, but still I just never get work done in the library. I can often be spotted in there bothering friends of mine that are trying to do work, or hunting down people that I need to borrow a syllabus from, but only on the rarest of occasions can I be seen in a...
02/18/2010 at 11:25 AM
  Well, I suppose it’s a little late in the game to enter the blogging scene, being a 2L and all, but I figured I’d give it the old college try. There are days where I’m sitting in my living room, contemplating finals even though it’s only October, and perhaps eating a sandwich, where I recall me decision to go to law school. I suppose the first time I gave my choice serious thought was during a career services meeting, where I was asked, point-blank, why I decided to come to law school. The answer, at that time, was quite simple, but I find it’s evolving with every minute I spend...
Posted by David Logan
02/18/2010 at 01:00 AM
During the week of January 18, RWU Law held its 5th Annual M.L.K. Celebration.  Throughout the week members of the law school community participated in activities designed to commemorate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Through service and learning we reflected on the changes in the civil rights movement and the ways in which we can make a difference in our communities.  On the Monday holiday, a group of students and staff had a “Day On” (instead of a day off) by rolling up their sleeves to paint at the Roger Williams Middle School in south Providence....
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/17/2010 at 05:26 PM
Have you ever felt like you were behind, didn’t know where the time went, and that you probably won’t catch back up? Yeah, I feel that way right now. Today, someone said we were in week 5 (ok, he said 7, but I double checked for accuracy) and I did a mental double take. I couldn’t believe we had already gone through 1/3 of the semester. Thinking back to the first semester everything seemed to go by exceptionally slowly. That doesn’t really change. One thing I’ve realized while being here is that the weeks seem to go buy slowly, but when looking back they go by like lightning. It is probably...
Posted by Library Blog
02/17/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication of the Law Library of Congress.  It covers legal news and developments worldwide and is updated frequently.  Information contained in the Global Legal Monitor is derived from official national legal publications, press sources and the Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network.  The Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, and judicial decisions. Articles in the Global Legal Monitor date back to 2006 and are searchable searched by topic,...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 02:39 PM
Since the day I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to be called for Jury Duty.  In 1999, the day finally came.  I received my little Juror’s Card in the mail informing me I had been selected to serve.  I felt as though I had just won the lottery!  I had been SELECTED!!!  (No calling me dork or any of the other names you’re thinking in your head right now.)  There was one problem though.  The date I was scheduled to serve was very soon after my second child’s due date.  I could have checked that little box that claimed I wanted to reschedule, but nope, I was...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 02:26 PM
The first few weeks, or maybe even months of getting called on was scary.  I was envious of those people that could be in the hot seat and it seemed like just an ordinary conversation between them and the professor.  That person is not me.   Whenever I get called on – correction, whenever I hear the professor even start to say, “Ms. . .” – I can feel my blood start to boil and all the facts, issues, and ideas I had about any particular case just start floating out of my brain.   And then someone else gets called on instead of me.   Everything comes...