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Posted by Library Blog
10/24/2013 at 09:54 AM
Baseball and the Law! With the Red Sox squaring off against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, take a break from the commercials during the game to read some of the following resources for baseball and the law.  Legal Bases: Baseball and the Law (KF3989 .A27 1998, by Roger Abram, highlights some famous (and infamous) players and their legal trials and tribulations. Legal Issues in Professional Baseball (KF3989 .A75 L44 2005), edited by Lewis Kurlantzick, contains essays by scholars on the topic. The Little White Book of Baseball Law (KF3989 .M56 2009), by John H. Minan and...
Posted by David Logan
10/23/2013 at 04:07 PM
We are proud of our long-standing affiliation with the Rhode Island Association for Justice and the closeness of that relationship was on display at the group’s recent gala. Outgoing President Anthony Leone (RWU Law ‘97) passed the baton to the new President Pat Jones, a member of the RWU Law Board of Directors (and co-chair of our 20th Anniversary Honorary Committee). Among the honorees was United States District Judge Jack McConnell ("Judicial Merit Award"), who has served as a Roger Williams University Trustee, and Congressman Jim Langevin ("Legislative Achievement Award"), who was a...
Posted by David Logan
10/21/2013 at 02:02 PM
They say “it’s a small world,” and an email I recently received proves that adage…. Luis Mancheno, RWU Law class of 2013, was just settling into his new job at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, when he came across a proudly-displayed poster for the movie Conviction. Here’s the connection: the movie recounts the gripping story of RWU Law grad Betty Anne Waters (class of 1998, and now a globe-trotting emissary for human rights), who devoted her life (including going to law school), to freeing her wrongfully-convicted brother.
Posted by Library Blog
10/18/2013 at 08:56 AM
If you would like to expand your knowledge of developments in a particular area of law (very helpful at networking events), take a look at the Bloomberg BNA Resource Centers.  These Resource Centers cover robust, and in some cases, “hot,” areas of legal practice.  Used by “biglaw” to “boutique” law firms in the U.S. and foreign countries, these Resource Centers are “mini” research libraries for federal and state cases, statutes, and agency regulations.  In addition to the latest news and legal analysis from expert practitioners, they include Bloomberg BNA treatises for in-depth...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
10/18/2013 at 08:52 AM
As I am sure you have heard, law school is a beast like no other.  The hours spent trying to piece together an intricate contracts case brief, anticipating being cold-called in your Criminal Law class, and agonizing over your semester-long memorandum assignment are among some of the most stressful times.  Being overwhelmed with law school is something to be expected by everyone, at least for the first semester.  But want to know something?  Nearly everyone at RWU Law wants to help you! My undergraduate school was comprised of less than 2,000 students.  At the time it...
Posted by David Logan
10/17/2013 at 04:40 PM
What a run for the RWU Law!  In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor). Justice O’Connor’s visit last week was especially meaningful; she broke the last glass ceiling of the legal profession when she was appointed to the High Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and many women came up to me during her visit to say just how meaningful it was...
Posted by Mike Muehe
10/17/2013 at 12:36 AM
A few weeks back, I experienced my first law school cold-calling. For the longest time, I heard of this teaching concept and tried to find ways to prepare. Upperclassmen, law school prep books, and lawyers all offered advice to endure the experience, but it’s hard to figure out just what to do until you’re actually put on the spot. Prior to law school, I was a terrible speaker in class. My heart would beat out of my chest, my leg might shake, and my voice might tremble, and after I answered, my heart would sink down to my stomach, even if I answered correctly. Some suggested that I treat...
Posted by David Logan
10/11/2013 at 04:47 PM
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates). Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:   The data reveals a pattern: RWU Law performed well ahead of the pack of ABA schools, with 3 long-established schools in the middle, and the newest school, UMass, well behind the field. Congratulations to our graduates for another stellar performance, and to the faculty and staff at RWU for laying the foundation for our students’ professional...
Posted by Library Blog
10/11/2013 at 11:07 AM
With the semester well underway, now is a great time to test your understanding of the concepts discussed in your classes.  To gauge your progress, consider tackling a few CALI lessons.  CALI has over 900 free interactive tutorials on 35 legal subjects.  Sign up to access the CALI lessons by using the Law School’s authorization code which you can obtain from the Librarian staffing the Reference Desk (or email If you are struggling with understanding the course material, take a look at a couple of study aids. The Law Library offers study aids for upper-...
Posted by David Logan
10/09/2013 at 04:32 PM
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses. But like last year’s speaker, Frank Fahrenkopf (the head of the American Gaming Association), Schlichtmann has used his legal training to pursue a...