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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/17/2016 at 12:54 PM
Last Sunday, when the scope of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando began to emerge, I sent the following email to the student body: Tragically, once again Americans are mourning the loss of life caused by a senseless act of gun violence, this time apparently directed at members of the LGBTQ community.  We mourn the loss of life and wish the hate would go away. In addition, it is important that we – as lawyers and future lawyers – remain committed to the principle of equal justice for all and put our skills to work in pursuit of a more peaceful future for all. Since then,...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/03/2016 at 11:18 AM
One hallmark of an RWU Law education is our remarkable connection to the bar, the bench, other branches of government, and businesses – both profit and non-profit.  During a student’s three years at the law school this means unparalleled externship opportunities, superb adjunct faculty, and programs that regularly bring leaders in the bench, bar, government, and business to the law school.  These connections also translate into increased market power for students when they graduate and enter the job market.  Having interned for a federal judge while in law school, for example...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
04/26/2016 at 11:40 AM
This law school values diversity and inclusion.  Our commitment is based on three shared principles: First, we believe that the more diverse the law school community is, the more our students will grow intellectually and personally.  Race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status, for example, are not perfect proxies for the way a person thinks, but in a law school, where so many of the issues we discuss involve questions of social policy, the most meaningful discussions are those among people from different backgrounds who have different...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
04/12/2016 at 02:27 PM
RWU Law is very excited to present the seventh installment in its biennial Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture series this week.  This lecture honors the memory and legacy of our nation’s first African American United States Supreme Court Justice. Our featured speaker this year is famed Harvard professor, Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.  Dr. Banaji has done pioneering work in the area of implicit bias and is one of the architects of the Harvard Implicit Association Test (“IAT”). ...
Posted by Julia Wyman
04/05/2016 at 12:06 PM
MAI Graduate Jobs! When I meet with prospective students interested in marine affairs, they often ask me what kind of jobs our graduates have.  It’s a great question and one that I love answering.  Our graduates can be found all over the country working in diverse marine affairs jobs. Some of our graduates leave RWU Law to work at top-ranked admiralty and maritime focused law firms.  Two graduates of the class of 2015 are part of that group.  Patrick O’Connor can be found at Hill, Betts, & Nash, LLP in New York, New York.  During his time at RWU Law, Patrick was a...
Posted by Diana Hassel
03/22/2016 at 05:02 PM
The drywall is up, the paints are being applied, and the furniture is ordered for the new RWU Law Experiential Campus in Providence at One Empire Plaza.    Beginning in June 2016, the law school will have a newly built-out and expanded space to house its Law Clinics, conduct Clinical Externship seminars, and offer an increased array of experiential and doctrinal courses.  Our four In-House Law Clinics – Business Start Up, Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Veterans Disability Appeals – will all have offices on the fourth floor of One Empire Plaza.  Classes and meetings for...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
03/04/2016 at 12:22 PM
[This blog was cowritten with ASB coordinator, 2L Trevor Bernard.] The Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB) all started back in 2006, when RWU Law students traveled to New Orleans to offer assistance to those affected by the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. The Program was initially started by the School’s Association for Public Interest Lawyering (APIL) and focused on providing general community service. It has developed into an elaborate, year-long process that focuses on placing students in pro bono organizations aimed at helping those who have traditionally not been able to afford legal...
Posted by Tanya Monestier
02/09/2016 at 02:11 PM
In January 2014, I taught Conflict of Laws for the first time at RWU Law.  As part of my preparation, I encountered what seemed to be a throwaway sentence in a study aid that said something to the effect of, “Some courts have held that registering to do business in a state subjects a company to general jurisdiction.”  My first response was, “What? That can’t be the case.”  But I dug a little deeper and discovered that, in fact, that was the case.  Many courts have held that the act of registering to do business and/or appointing an agent for service of process constitutes...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
01/22/2016 at 09:46 AM
Obtaining my law degree and law license were not easy tasks. I went to college and law school in the evenings while working full time and raising a young daughter. Yet I’m grateful that life has afforded me the good fortune that many others haven’t had, such as having been born in the United States.  Yes, it was fortuitous that I was born here, as my parents are Brazilian.  They came to the U.S. for a better life immediately after their wedding fifty years ago.   And though my siblings and I were born in the U.S., we were fortunate enough to have been raised in Brazil and...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
12/04/2015 at 10:57 AM
Over the past several years, RWU Law has made significant strides in increasing the diversity of its student body.  When I arrived here in February 2011, the percentage of students in the 2010 entering class who identified as a member of a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession was 15%.  That percentage has risen to 25% with the current 1L class and the racial and ethnic diversity of the overall student body stands at 23%.  Indeed the law school’s student body is more diverse today than it has ever been – more accurately reflecting the...