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Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
01/22/2016 at 08:46 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 09:57 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...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
09/23/2015 at 08:06 AM
In the fall of 2009, Roger Williams University School of Law inaugurated its Immigration Clinic -- and there can be no doubt that the work done there has helped many immigrant families from all over the world, changing their lives for the better. A recent example: On August 3, 2015, one of the Immigration Clinic’s first clients, Guinea native Amie Toure, finally reached her American Dream and was sworn in as a United States Citizen.   This outcome would not have been possible without the help and hard work of the various student attorneys who worked on her case, as well as that of...
Posted by Veronica Paricio
09/08/2015 at 09:06 AM
At Roger Williams University School of Law, we have a vigorous public interest program.  This summer, 27 students were awarded summer stipends to enable them to work in unpaid public interest jobs, literally all over the world.  What follows are some of the observations they shared from the field ... MARC PERLMAN Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA "I am working at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) this summer as an investigator for the Housing Unit. I investigate housing discrimination claims and draft dispositions. In these...
Posted by Lorraine Lalli
08/25/2015 at 09:22 AM
When I joined the RWU Law administration in 2005, I brought a unique perspective as an alumna. Having graduated in 2001, I was familiar with the RWU Law student experience. I already knew the faculty and most of my new colleagues.  Most importantly, I was fully invested in the future success of the law school and our students, based on our shared experience. This fall, three alumnae are coming home to RWU Law to join me.  Drawing on their own student experiences and their outstanding legal practices, they will lead our flagship experiential programs to provide our students with...
Posted by Diana Hassel
06/24/2015 at 09:07 AM
Plans are well underway for the RWU School of Law’s expanded presence in downtown Providence.    The four-story building at One Empire Street will be devoted almost exclusively to Roger Williams University use and will be ready for occupancy a year from now – June 2016.  The fourth floor of One Empire Street will become the center for RWU law’s experiential learning opportunities.  Furniture is being purchased and paint colors chosen for the offices of our in-house clinics: Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Business Start Up.  The Feinstein Center will also be...
Posted by Ashley Ham Pong
03/31/2015 at 11:46 AM
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
03/15/2015 at 11:00 PM
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 10:44 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 02:26 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...