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Posted by David Logan
12/17/2013 at 04:48 PM
The annual Law Alumni Holiday Party in Providence was especially fun this year because of the addition of two noteworthy events, the receipt of a gift from the leading regional law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan and the awarding of our annual Alumni Public Service Award. The close connection between Adler Pollock & Sheehan and RWU Law is manifest in the terrific alums who practice there (pictured below). We also saluted Hans Bremer (‘08) on his outstanding pro bono work in practice, no surprise given his dedication to helping the underserved during his law school years. We also...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2013 at 03:12 PM
The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork. Next step: the RI Bar Association can now...
Posted by Library Blog
12/06/2013 at 03:31 PM
When you are tired of studying, here are three suggestions for your break: Enjoy a good laugh by perusing Stu’s Views law cartoons, created by two Harvard law school grads.  There are over 2,000 cartoons covering legal topics, law personnel, legal life, and cases. If you have an hour and a half or two to spare, nothing beats watching a great movie with a legal theme.  Here’s a list of the 25 Greatest Legal Movies compiled by an ABA panel of judges who teach film or are connected to the business. If you enjoy reading a good book, here’s a  list compiled by an ABA panel of...
Posted by David Logan
12/06/2013 at 12:43 PM
One of the great opportunities for RWU Law students is their chance to develop lawyering skills under the close watch of leading trial judges. This year is no exception as Superior Court Justice Stephen Nugent presided over the final trial at the end of a semester of instruction from fellow Justice Dan Procaccini, in his courtroom! 3Ls Leticia Tavares, Angelo Catanzariti, Sharlene Rossi, and Marcus Swift were the student advocates. Judge P’s bottom line: “Both Justice Nugent and I were very impressed with the professionalism, preparation and passion displayed by these students. They are a...
Posted by David Logan
12/03/2013 at 12:07 PM
In June we were saddened to learn of the death of David Rice, who was a valued member of the RWU law faculty from 1997-2012. David was a multi-talented man, who had the rare ability to keep reinventing himself professionally. After a distinguished career at Columbia Law School and a plum clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, David held tenured positions at Boston University and Rutgers-Camden, before coming to Roger Williams. David’s academic specialty was Commercial Law, but he also helped adapt the Uniform Commercial Code to the world of electronic...
Posted by David Logan
11/26/2013 at 05:34 PM
Going into 2013, RWU law students already had a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, but we have recently added two very popular options: our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program (where students do transactional work at leading regional employers (like the Boston Red Sox, Textron, and CVS) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-launching-our-new-house-counsel-externship-program and our Community Economic Development Clinic. The Clinic is directed by Professor Gowri Krishna, who ran a similar clinic at Fordham and Michigan Law Schools. The...
Posted by David Logan
11/25/2013 at 12:14 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of the young stars of the RWU Law faculty, Michael Burger, has received recognition for his excellent writing. Michael was recently awarded the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship for his article "Environmental Law/Environmental Literature" in the leading journal Ecology Law Review. The award was presented at West Coast Rhetoric Scholarship Workshop at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. It should be no surprise that Michael would be recognized for his excellent writing: in addition to his exceptional academic performance at Columbia Law School, and...
Posted by Library Blog
11/22/2013 at 02:42 PM
In addition to the advice and practice exams offered by the Academic Success Program, here are some resources offered by the Law Library on preparing for and taking law school exams. First Year Law School Success: Law School Thinking, Essay Exam Writing, and Analysis, Reserve KF283.S53 2010 Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win, KF283 .C35 2007 Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive), KF283 .D47 2010 Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School, KF283 .F75 2011 Steve Emanuel’s First Year Questions & Answers, Reserve KF388 .E43 2010...
Posted by David Logan
11/22/2013 at 12:06 PM
One of the most active student groups on campus is the Military Law Society (MILLAW), and two recent events underscored their high visibility in the building. The first was a career panel, cosponsored by MILLAW, the Maritime Law Society, and our Office of Career Development, which brought to campus military lawyers from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Joining the panel was a representative from the Department of the Navy’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS). Students were exposed to the different areas of law that each branch focuses on and...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
11/20/2013 at 11:06 AM
One of the most important, and underrated, pieces of advice for aspiring law students is quite simple: be selfish.  Now, before you make your assumptions, give me a chance to explain.   With finals right around the corner (EEK!), my time has become more precious than ever.  My “To-Do” list never seems to get any shorter, my apartment has unfortunately not learned to clean itself, and there are simply not enough hours in the day.  This means that I have to make some sacrifices.  Instead of spending two hours on the phone with my grandma, we limit ourselves to a half...