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Posted by Tom Peterson
10/08/2013 at 03:35 PM
After a full career in the Navy, as I was preparing to retire, I would always get the question, “so what are you going to do after retirement?”  I was always proud to say that I was going to be attending Roger Williams University School of Law (whew… from here on out, RWU Law) and I would always be told, “Oh, so you are JUST going back to school…”  It always struck me as a little bit of an understatement, and it always seemed that they were implying that I was going to have all sorts of time because I was “just going to be in school.”  As it turns out, it was more than just “a...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2013 at 11:09 AM
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues.  This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU http://law.rwu.edu/event/fireside-chat-ret-united-states-supreme-court-justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor) RWU Law faculty figure prominently in the Federal Court programming: Professor Michael Yelnosky on “How Do Federal Judges...
Posted by Library Blog
10/06/2013 at 09:54 AM
In preparation for the upcoming visit of Ret. United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, take a look at the display in the law school lobby featuring some of the women lawyers and justices who were first in their fields. In addition to the display, check out this U.S. Supreme Court law guide for information about Justice O’Connor and various resources for researching the Court. Among the many resources for following the “Supremes”, one of the most respected in the legal community is the Bloomberg BNA United States Law Week.  You can access opinions, news about and...
Posted by David Logan
10/03/2013 at 04:30 PM
RWU Law continues to expand the opportunities for its students to work as a lawyer during their third year of law school, preparing them to hit the ground running after graduation.  One recent addition is our In-House Counsel Clinical Externship http://law.rwu.edu/externship, which enables a dozen students each semester to work in the legal offices of leading businesses in the region, including the Boston Red Sox and CVS. This semester we added another terrific experiential learning opportunity: our Community Economic Development Clinic, run by Professor Gowri Krishna, who came to RWU...
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...