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Posted by Elizabeth Blank
09/24/2013 at 08:53 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 02:39 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 03:30 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 Library Blog
09/19/2013 at 01:56 PM
The Law Library is offering a new instructional series this fall titled Appy Hour (hat tip to Thelma Dzialo for providing the title of the series). Why should you attend an Appy Hour?  Here’s a huge reason why! Under recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC), knowledge of technology is now an ethical requirement for a lawyer. MRPC Rule 1.1 holds a lawyer to a duty of competence. Rule 1.1 Comment 8 states that to be competent “a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant...
Posted by David Logan
09/16/2013 at 04:32 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 01:45 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...
Posted by David Logan
09/13/2013 at 12:30 PM
As a young law school, it is especially gratifying to see how our graduates are making their mark in the profession.  One measure of this evolution is how many of our alums write for the Rhode Island Bar Journal, the official publication of the RI Bar Association, and the most recent issue has a whopping three articles from RWU Law grads. “Pot or Not: State or Federal Government Regulation and (De) Criminalization of Marijuana?” (by Katherine Godin‘08) “Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program,” (by Jenna Wims Hashway’11) “Lunch with Legends,”...
Posted by Library Blog
09/12/2013 at 11:29 AM
The Law Library’s WebCatalog is a powerful search engine.  It enables you to search for books, ebooks, periodicals, databases, websites, and government documents in hundreds of legal subjects.  The Law Library’s collection is particularly strong in alternative dispute resolution, environmental, First Amendment, human rights, maritime, and national security law. Find study aids for classes, get tips on career exploration/job searching, learn about legal technology in law practice management, or keep up on a current hot topic. Search by keyword, author or title.  You will...
Posted by David Logan
09/10/2013 at 11:51 AM
One of the many RWU law faculty working on cutting edge issues is Zoe Argento, and her latest work, on social networks, is, guess what - lighting up the Internet. Here is an abstract of her article from the most recent issue of the University of Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review: Who has the superior right to a social network account? This is the question in a growing number of disputes between employers and workers over social network accounts. The problem has no clear legal precedent. Although the disputes implicate rights under trademark, copyright, and privacy law,...
Posted by Library Blog
09/06/2013 at 01:13 PM
If mobile devices do not play an important role in your daily activities as a law student, they will when you become a lawyer.  Here are a few resources to consult for optimizing their use.    The RWU Law Guide: Mobile Apps for Law Students offers insights on apps for legal research, creating documents, capturing and editing content, storing content, and mobile security for a variety of mobile devices. Tim Baran of Legal Productivity has compiled a list of “6 Useful Sites for Android Loving Lawyers” and “8 Great Sites for Mac Loving Lawyers.” Among his recommended sites are:...