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Posted by Michael Hartley
09/29/2013 at 01:23 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 01:22 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 Kasey Doeing
09/26/2013 at 10:59 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 08:25 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 01:27 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 07:53 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 01:39 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 02:30 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 David Logan
09/16/2013 at 03:32 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of our terrific alums, Chad Edgar (’04), has won the 2013 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for the work he has done prosecuting tax refund fraud and identity theft at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. The award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute fraud, white collar crimes, and official corruption. Chad has focused on Stolen Identity Refund Fraud cases (this website has a brief description of this big, but largely below the radar problem http://www.justice.gov/tax/...
Posted by Sam Clarke
09/16/2013 at 12:45 AM
It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A! When I was a kid, nothing beat summer. I got lucky because my dad worked at the local Y camp during the months he had off from teaching, so every summer I’d shoot arrows, swim in the ocean, and rack up an impressive number of mosquito bites at Camp Massasoit. (Also known as Camp Messy-Toilet, not to be confused with Camp Metacomet, or Make-You-Vomit, a subtle but important distinction not lost on a ten-year-old.) It was jarring to lose those three months of freedom to play when I started law school. Perhaps it was more jarring to walk into class 2L year still so...