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Posted by Ashley Ham Pong
03/31/2015 at 12:46 PM
It was a sunny summer day in August of 2009 as I sat in a conference room at Roger Williams University’s Providence campus, feeling somewhat like a guinea pig. I was a member of the first class of RWU Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. A few months prior, I had submitted my application and thoughtfully explained my interest in the immigration field. My family’s past – a story of immigration fortunes and misfortunes – was a natural starting point. I often imagined how my ancestors had moved from Africa to the United States, and from China to the West Indies, and how both sides eventually settled in...
Posted by Cecily Banks
03/16/2015 at 12:00 AM
It doesn’t take long for my contract drafting students to realize that drafting is not the mechanical, backroom exercise of a wordsmith.  The students quickly start to see each business transaction as its own human interest story of parties forging a positive, fruitful contractual platform to boost and cushion their deal as the real world plays out.  In the first class, students learn how to elicit the client’s chief goals and concerns so that the contract actually addresses them.  They learn what a lawyer needs to know and think about before ever putting pen to paper, and...
Posted by Tom Peterson
03/09/2015 at 11:44 AM
Members of the RWU Law’s Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) started Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during spring break 2006, as an opportunity to assist those recovering from the devastation caused when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. Since its inception, ASB has continued to grow every year.  In its first year, there was just one placement and a handful of dedicated students. Now, in 2015, it has grown to 17 placements in eight different states with 58 student participants.  Many of our supervising attorneys are RWU Law alumni. The program is funded by a...
Posted by Kimberly Ahern
12/15/2014 at 03:26 PM
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges attending.  It has been a long-standing tradition that attendees are asked to bring a gift to donate to the annual Toys-for-Tots toy drive and this year was an overwhelming success with two large bins full of toys donated!  Thank you to all the attendees who generously donated a toy this year.    In addition to this being the first Holiday Reception with Dean Yelnosky at the helm...
Posted by Veronica Paricio
12/08/2014 at 01:00 AM
The Office of Career Development recently hosted the fall session of their Exploring Your Options event in the RWU Law Atrium. An array of attorneys attended the event to share information with our law students on what it is like to work in different areas of the legal industry, focusing on the public sector. A majority of the employer representatives in attendance were alumni of the School of Law, which allowed students to have more in-depth and personal conversations about transitioning from law student to legal practitioner.  "Exploring Your Options was a great event," said Nicole...
Posted by Julia Wyman
10/17/2014 at 05:05 PM
It has been a busy fall at the Marine Affairs Institute!  In late September, we held our annual “Meet the Bay” trip with our 1Ls.  Save the Bay, a Rhode Island non-profit dedicated to the restoration and health of Narragansett Bay, took us on a tour of the 1Ls' home for the next three years -- Narragansett Bay.  The students helped Save the Bay staff conduct a trawl of the Bay, and learned about ocean and coastal advocacy from Baykeeper Tom Kutcher, while I talked about the programs offered at the MAI, including our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island....
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/02/2014 at 03:53 PM
Last weekend, a group of law school alumni returned to Bristol and Providence to visit old friends and meet new ones. I attended each of the four events that made up the weekend, and at each I came away convinced that our alumni are not just great lawyers. They are great people. They are warm, kind, and generous. I am proud to be the dean of their law school. Here are some pictures from a weekend full of great moments. Aidan’s Pub, Bristol, RI – Friday evening September 26th Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Providence, RI – Saturday evening September 27th G Pub Rooftop,...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
09/02/2014 at 12:52 PM
On Wednesday, August 13th we welcomed the Class of 2017 to RWU Law.  This is the 13th class I have had the privilege to admit to the School of Law and each one brings its own unique character (and characters!); this class is no different.  Each year I begin the year by telling the class a little about themselves.  Here are excerpts from my welcome remarks to the Class of 2017:    I would like to welcome all of you to Roger Williams University School of Law and to Orientation 2014.  I am so glad to see the Class of 2017 has finally arrived; we’ve been waiting for...
Posted by William Wray
09/17/2012 at 10:18 AM
I was doing some “work” on the internet the other day – reading an author's answers to readers' questions about the background of a book he wrote – and he said this: “Sure I could explain [this technical question that you asked about] . . . . But without a narrative, our ability to care about such things is dramatically impaired. That’s why we need stories.” Not long after that I was out to lunch with a skilled trial lawyer who was touching on the difference between trial and appellate level advocacy. Some things don’t change, he said. Preparation. Demeanor. Utmost respect for the tribunal....
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/04/2010 at 03:43 PM
I figure I should start this little writing journey by telling you about why I am in law school, and why I chose to spend the three years of my law school career at RWU.  Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to be one of those barefoot, pregnant ladies that spent time cooking, cleaning, and playing with my kids.  Ok, maybe not so much the cleaning part, but I definitely wanted to be involved in my future children’s lives as much as possible.  However, life has a funny way of making you reconsider your options.   I was married...