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Posted by Hala Furst
12/05/2009 at 01:00 AM
Today marks the beginning of the reading period for my last set of fall finals in law school. My nostalgia is predictably overcome by concern that I will fail the two exams I do have. But third year gives you some perspective. The fear that motivated you in first year is totally gone, and the worry about summer jobs etc. that motivated you in second year is long past. The desire to do well and the desire to take a nice long nap is directly at odds, unfortunately. So the question becomes, what does motivate you in your final year, especially when the siren song of “senior-itis” is so lovely...
Posted by David Logan
12/04/2009 at 01:00 AM
Lawyers are understandably interested in how judges are selected.  There is much attention given to appointments to the federal bench, like the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court and current nomination of Rogeriee Thompson to an open seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, but in many states there is controversy about the process for selecting judges, and RI is no exception.  Due to scandals that forced the resignation of two consecutive Chief Justices, Rhode Island voters approved a “merit selection system” in 1994. RWU Law...
Posted by Library Blog
12/04/2009 at 01:00 AM
In addition to the resources and sage advice offered by the folks in the office of the Dean of Students, here are a few Law Library resources to help you prepare for and take your exams!  Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (Reserve and Stacks, KF283 .F47 1999) is authored by two law professors and includes discussions of sample essay questions and answers for Torts, Property, Constitutional Law, and Contracts. Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams (2d ed. Reserve, KF283 .B87 2008) gives sample exam questions and answers for...
Posted by David Logan
12/01/2009 at 01:00 AM
The School of Law recently welcomed the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, launching our Women Who Lead series, with an address on “Our American Constitutions: Models for the 21st Century.” Born in South Africa, Chief Justice Marshall attended law school in the U.S. and has had a distinguished career, culminating with appointment to her current position a decade ago. She is only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court in its more than 300-year history and is the first Chief Justice. In November 2003, she handed down...
Posted by David Logan
11/23/2009 at 01:00 AM
In recent years Massachusetts has become the bar exam of choice for our most of our graduates (surpassing RI), and as a result Mass is now our “reporting state” for the American Bar Association.  The July 2009 results reinforce how well our graduates perform when compared to all takers (which in Mass includes almost 400 graduates of Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University). Besides beating the state rate for all takers by almost 4%, we ran the table by easily topping the state average in the two key categories involving first-time takers (data relied upon by the ABA to measure the...
Posted by David Logan
11/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
For the fifth consecutive year, a leading Rhode Island law firm hosted a cocktail reception for members of the RWU Law Review and our Honors Program.  Past hosts were Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, and Brown Rudnick.  This year the setting was special: a warm fall night, with the crowd spilling out onto the patio adjoining the offices of Shectman Halpern Savage, LLP.  The firm, one of the fastest growing in the state, renovated an old industrial building and turned it into a stunning work space, complete with...
Posted by Library Blog
11/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
In addition to the resources of the Office of Career Services, the Law Library’s Career Collection offers some publications for tips on enhancing your interviewing skills.  All books shelved in the Law Library’s Career Collection, adjacent to the Library Print Center, can be checked out for a period of three weeks.  Here are some current publications: The Insider’s Guide to Getting a Big Firm Job : What Every Law Student Should Know About Interviewing by Erika M. Finn and Jessica T. Olmon (Career,KF297 .F56 2009) Interview for Success : a Practical Guide to Increasing Job Interviews...
Posted by David Logan
11/16/2009 at 01:00 AM
One of the highlights of fall semesters at RWU Law is the annual visit of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  The Court comes to campus to preside over the final round of our flagship internal Moot Court Competition, named after a deeply respected member of our faculty, the late Esther Clark. The case involved a sweeping youth curfew in a hypothetical town, which was challenged on the grounds that it violated both substantive due process (the right to travel) and the equal protection clause (unduly burdening a suspect class—minors).  The finalists were 2Ls Amy Broderick and John Meara...
Posted by David Logan
11/13/2009 at 01:00 AM
Our fledgling Immigration Law Clinic has hit the ground running, winning the freedom of a 27-year old Liberian college student who suffered the horrors of the Liberian civil wars, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, then became a permanent resident.  The Department of Homeland Security sought to deport him because of two offenses in RI for which he received no jail time (a receipt of stolen property and assault).  He had spent 10 months in jail before the RWUSOL Immigration Clinic got involved in his case. 3Ls Jessica Grimes and Ashley Ham Pong represented the client in his...
Posted by Library Blog
11/13/2009 at 01:00 AM
In addition to the opportunity to network at the 6th Annual Legal Career Options Day sponsored by the Office of Career Services, check out publications in the Law Library’s Career Collection for tips on improving your networking skills.  The Career Collection is located adjacent to the Library Print Center.  The publications can be checked out for three weeks.  Some publications are:  A lawyer’s guide to networking by Susan R. Sneider (Career, KF316.5 .S64 2006) It’s Who You Know: The Magic of Networking in Person and on the Internet by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Career, HF5382.7 ....