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Posted by Michael Hartley
09/29/2013 at 02:23 AM
This analysis is to show 2Ls how far they have come from just one year in law schoo,l and to give 1Ls hope that the worst is near an end. Let's be honest, 3Ls won't be too interested in this analysis, expect maybe to see how right/wrong it is. After a solid month of being a 2L, there are many changes I have observed from 1L year. One is the workload. There is a substantial increase in the workload from 1L year. However, it feels as if there is a so much less work and so much less pressure as a 2L. For example,  if I had to read 50 pages in 1L year over a weekend for Monday I would feel...
Posted by David Logan
09/27/2013 at 02:22 PM
The amazing run of events continues at RWU Law; with a session with Justice Elena Kagan already in the books http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 and a visit by iconic Justice Sandra Day O’Connor slated to be announced shortly (stay tuned!), we were treated to an event this week that garnered literally worldwide attention (including an Associated Press article that was picked up by scores of U.S. and international publications) namely, the first extended public comments from David Coombs, lead defense counsel for the soldier charged with the largest breach of secrecy in U.S....
Posted by Library Blog
09/26/2013 at 02:36 PM
Thursday, October 39:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.Bay View Room, 2nd floor of the law school Here’s Why YOU Should Attend! To view demonstrations throughout the day of Law School “Helpers” to support your academic success. Learn how:   CALI and RWU Law Guides Study Aids series can help you study for exams CVN Law School can help you prepare for class by listening to case excerpts from your casebooks or watching video of civil litigation or trial advocacy video clips to hone your trial and appellate advocacy skills. Resources for seminar paper or directed study that can...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
09/26/2013 at 11:59 AM
When my family and friends found out I was going to law school, advice began flooding in from everywhere!  Advice regarding study groups, active reading tips, and time management skills were among the favorites of my nearest and dearest.  But the advice I really wish I had gotten before taking the plunge?  Remembering to relax. While it is undoubtedly true that law school is a full time job, sometimes watching a movie and grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend is just fine!  During my first month of law school, I spent the majority of my time with my casebooks, finding...
Posted by David Logan
09/26/2013 at 09:25 AM
As the only law school in the state, RWU students learn not just from our highly-credentialed full-time faculty, but also from leading judges, like Bruce Selya from the United States Court of Appeals http://law.rwu.edu/blog/judge-selya-named-head-top-terror-court and one of the top trial lawyers in the Northeast, Mark Mandell. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/learning-litigation-tragedy-station-fire-course This spring, our students are in for a special opportunity: the chance to take a course taught by a United States Senator.  We are delighted to announce that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D.R.I...
Posted by Mike Muehe
09/24/2013 at 02:27 PM
Like I’m sure most any 1L experiences before coming to law school, I had my worries on arriving at RWU Law. But looking back on my first month, I’m so glad that I made the decision to attend Roger Williams, and law school in general. Between the people that I’m meeting, the lawyering skills that I’m learning, and the new things in town that I’m trying, I don’t think that I could be in a better place right now. Moving to Bristol this past summer was a huge leap for me. It was the first time I had moved from my childhood home. Granted, home is only an hour and a half away, I was wicked excited...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
09/24/2013 at 08:53 AM
This summer, I was a legal intern in the Ocean and Coasts Section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The internship was one of the best legal experiences I have had. The staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating with my transition down to D.C., in addition to having a great sense of humor. To top it all off, I even had my own office-- who knows when that will happen again? While it was difficult to leave my family for two months, I was occupied by the demands of the internship and the seemingly...
Posted by David Logan
09/23/2013 at 02:39 PM
One of RWU Law’s great partners is the Providence City Solicitor’s Office and City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa.  Nearly one-half of the capital city’s 22 attorneys are RWU Law graduates (link).  From civil litigation to criminal prosecution; from housing court to family court to municipal court; from legislation to open government issues to tax appeals to land use, the attorneys in the City Solicitor’s office manage an extraordinary portfolio of legal issues.  According to Solicitor Padwa, those who are interested in working in the Solicitor’s office should apply for an internship...
Posted by David Logan
09/19/2013 at 03:30 PM
Here is the recap from Laurie Barron, the Director of our Feinstein Center, about a fun annual event that brings together many of our public-interest focused students and staff from the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education, followed by some pictures from the fun evening. It was a glorious night, thank goodness, for the annual Fall Public Interest Pot Luck Dinner held on Friday, September 6, because the 75 students and faculty members who attended would have been quite cozy inside the home of Laurie Barron and Michael Yelnosky. The Pot Luck, hosted each September and...
Posted by Library Blog
09/19/2013 at 01:56 PM
The Law Library is offering a new instructional series this fall titled Appy Hour (hat tip to Thelma Dzialo for providing the title of the series). Why should you attend an Appy Hour?  Here’s a huge reason why! Under recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), knowledge of technology is now an ethical requirement for a lawyer. MRPC Rule 1.1 holds a lawyer to a duty of competence. Rule 1.1 Comment 8 states that to be competent “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant...