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Posted by Michael Bowden
09/08/2017 at 11:51 AM
How do you get from law school to City Hall (or the State House)? With a lot of passion, persistence and hard work, a group of six alumni told a sizeable audience of mostly 1Ls on Thursday. The program, titled “Running Start: Careers in Politics & Government Service,” featured five RWU Law alums who are making a difference in their communities through government service.  Organized by the law school’s Assistant Dean of Students (and Providence School Board member) Lorraine Lalli ’01 and Professor of Legal Practice Jenna Hashway ’11, the panel included: State Senator Dawn Euer ’10...
Posted by Katie Mulvaney
02/16/2017 at 05:33 PM
I have had the good fortune of covering the courts in Rhode Island for The Providence Journal since 2009. I relish the beat for both its emotional and legal elements. It keeps me engaged and learning every day, and it allows me to explore what makes people tick, for good and for bad. However, it did not take me long to realize, after enrolling in the Master of Studies in Law program at Roger Williams University School of Law last term, that, up to that point, I did not know how much I did not know about the law, though I had written about it for years. Suddenly, when embattled Rhode...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/22/2016 at 04:37 PM
The American Bar Association, which regulates law schools, has recently taken steps to increase the amount of “consumer information” law schools must make available to potential applicants.   I consider this a positive trend, even though reasonable minds can differ on the question of what kinds of information should be provided.  There are at least two risks involved when picking data all schools must report.  First, as the saying goes, “just because you can measure something does not make it important.”  For example, does the total number of volumes and titles in a...
Posted by Julia Wyman
12/13/2016 at 11:35 AM
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Marine Affairs Institute. To celebrate, we hosted the 10th Marine Law Symposium, Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England, on November 5.  We partnered with the Roger Williams Law Review to host the symposium, and highlighted the work of our students during our Welcome Dinner on November 4.    The symposium focused on a problem that poses a great threat to coastlines around the world: marine debris.  Every year, derelict fishing gear, plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, abandoned vessels, and...
Posted by Linda Tappa
11/01/2016 at 03:49 PM
The summer began with me as a hopeful, and somewhat energized 2L -- and ended with me hired as a staff attorney for after graduation at a top public service law organization. How, you ask? It all began when I walked into Veronica Paricio’s office in February, panicked because I had yet to secure an internship for the summer. Together, we found an organization called Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (“TRLA”), which, even though I knew nothing about them at the time, is the third largest legal services provider in the nation. I applied and through the unexpected coincidence of a Rhode Island...
Posted by Netti Vogel
07/19/2016 at 09:21 PM
Later this month, Democrats will meet in Philadelphia to nominate a woman as the party’s candidate for president.  Unrelated to political partisanship, this historic event highlights the dramatic changes undergone by women in our society — changes I have witnessed and experienced firsthand.  Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton and I were born the same year, in the same city and raised a stone’s throw away from each other, although we did not know each other.  We were children of the 1950s, teens of the 1960s, and feminist activists of the 1970s.  We grew up in a male-dominated...
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”). ...