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Posted by Library Blog
02/04/2010 at 01:00 AM
During your study of courses your professors might mention or you might read references to the Restatements. The Restatements are a project of the American Law Institute.  Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute is comprised of leading lawyers, judges, and law professors who draft, discuss, revise, and publish the Restatements, model statutes and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures.  The Restatement sets are an attempt to provide a “restatement” of the general principles of the common law on various subjects such as agency, conflict of laws,...
Posted by David Logan
02/03/2010 at 01:00 AM
Several years ago, Associate Dean Michael Yelnosky embarked on a study that would capture one important (and objective) measure of the quality of a law school: how often its faculty published in the most prestigious law journals. Building on a methodology used by Brian Leiter to compare law schools at the top of the US News rankings, Michael focused on the other 100+ schools, many of which we were confident had strong, productive faculties. Michael counted the number of articles published in the “top 50 journals” and divided that by the number of full-time, tenure-track faculty at each school...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/01/2010 at 02:25 PM
The beginning of the second semester is probably one of the most stressful of all. While you would think the first semester “end game” of exams would be (and don’t get me wrong, it is), finding out how you did on those exams is unnerving. Unlike being an undergrad, our grades don’t get posted until January. What I find amazing at times is that, like undergrad, students seem to have various methods (or mind-sets) of checking their grades. Some people will obsess and check them hourly even though they are posted around 4 PM (that was me in the beginning), others will only check when they know a...
Posted by Library Blog
01/29/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library provides free access to the L.O.I.S. Primary Law Library to all currently enrolled students.  The L.O.I.S. Primary Law Library offers full-text access to federal and state cases, statutes, administrative regulations, and court rules.  Cases and statutes may be retrieved by citation and cases by party names.  There is keyword and field searching of documents.  Free 24/7 technical support is provided.  Content is continually being added. Unlike LexisNexis and Westlaw, the L.O.I.S. Primary Law Library is free to law school students who work for attorneys...
Posted by David Logan
01/29/2010 at 01:00 AM
Mike Daly (2002) lent a laboring oar to the new edition of a well-known casebook, Marine and Coastal Law, which is used by undergraduate, graduate, and law professors across the country.  Mike co-authored this edition with Dennis Nixon, professor of marine affairs and associate dean for research and administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, and Susan Farady, director of our highly-regarded Marine Affairs Institute.  The team was ably assisted by the research efforts of 3L Jackson Parmenter. Mike was a terrific student at RWU, clerked...
Posted by David Logan
01/25/2010 at 01:00 AM
Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 is the Rhode Island House Representative for District 61, Pawtucket, and serves as the House Majority Whip, as well as a member of the House Committee on Corporations, House Committee on Labor, House Committee on Rules, and the Joint Committee on Highway Safety.  In the past year, Kilmartin sponsored a bill to ban texting while driving in R.I. that was passed unanimously in November 2009.  Kilmartin was a strong supporter of the bill because of a near tragic experience he had with a texting driver while on duty as a Pawtucket police officer in 1997:  “I...
Posted by David Logan
01/20/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England). The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded the prestigious Deborah Rhode Award to Dean David Logan. The award was based upon a range of programmatic accomplishments in recent years, including securing funding for the...
Posted by Library Blog
01/19/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library subscribes to the Justis database to offer its patrons full-text access to all United Kingdom legislation in force or repealed from 1235 to the present.  Full-text statutory instruments are also searchable in Justis.  Statutory instruments set out detailed provisions under the authority of the enabling Acts of Parliament.  Coverage of the statutory instruments is from 1671 to present. These documents are available as pdf files. In addition, searchable articles in the Justis database contain press releases and announcements from most of the major government...
Posted by Library Blog
01/16/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library staff welcomes our incoming first-year students and returning students. We wish all a successful academic year. We are here to help you with your studies and research, so please do not hesitate to ask staff at the Circulation Desk or the Librarian on duty at the Reference Desk if you need assistance!  
Posted by Library Blog
01/11/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library staff worked during the holiday break to improve off-campus access to the law school’s various research databases.  Changes no longer need to be made to your favorite web browser’s settings in order to access these databases.  When accessing a particular database from the WebCatalog or the law library’s web pages, you will be prompted at an Off-Campus Database Login page to type in your name and the barcode located on the back of your law school ID.  Should you receive an error message, contact the law library to verify that your patron record is up to date!...