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Posted by David Logan
04/29/2013 at 03:45 PM
A signature RWU Law event is a coveted spot in the annual trip to Washington, D.C., which enables students to meet with leaders of the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive Branch all in a couple days. This year’s highlight: after hearing arguments in two cases on the Court’s morning docket, they were treated to a private session with the newest member of the Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. She graciously signed copies of her best-selling book, My Beloved Life (which is flying off the shelf). http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/hardcover-nonfiction/list.html Happy 2Ls (Asia-...
Posted by Library Blog
04/26/2013 at 01:08 PM
The Law School, the Office of Career Development, and the various student organizations offer numerous networking events throughout the academic year and even during the summer months.  By participating in these events, you have opportunities to meet movers and shakers in the state’s legal community and non-profits as well as judges, and prominent state and local politicians.  Also, attending these networking events enables you to become better acquainted with the law school administration, faculty, and staff in attendance. Here are some resources for you to consult for enhancing...
Posted by David Logan
04/26/2013 at 01:05 PM
On February 20, 2003, a fire engulfed “The Station,” a small nightclub in rural Rhode Island, killing 100 and severely burning many more. The horrific event - the worst rock concert catastrophe ever - triggered almost a decade of legal maneuvering, as lawyers for the many severely injured people were thrown into an incredibly complex case, full of untested legal procedures and theories.  Among them:  the first case under the “Multiforum, Multiparty Trial Jurisdiction Act of 2002”; whether sloppy work by government fire inspectors was protected by sovereign immunity; how to force...
Posted by David Logan
04/24/2013 at 10:14 AM
One of the traditions at RWU Law is the trek south for the annual national law school softball championships, hosted by my alma mater, the University of Virginia. The Mighty Quahogs have performed well in the past http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-mighty-quahogs-successful-season-ends-virginia and this year was no exception. The tournament featured teams from George Washington, Georgetown, NYU, Columbia, Rutgers (Camden and Newark), Cornell, UConn, Chicago, Fordham, Yale, Brooklyn, Harvard, Michigan, Notre Dame, Regent, Ava Maria, Florida Coastal, Seton Hall, Albany, Baltimore, American, Syracuse,...
Posted by David Logan
04/19/2013 at 08:54 AM
RWU Law has many close links to Boston.  We have alums practicing law there.  Retired faculty and one current faculty member reside there.  Current students have externships in Boston. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-laun... More specifically, Professors Yelnosky and Brown actually ran in this year’s marathon (thankfully not hurt), as did 1L Ryan McCaffery (also fine). I just learned today that one of our 3Ls, Dan Marusak, who is back enrolled at RWU after a National Guard tour in Afghanistan, http://law.rwu.edu/blog/saluting-rwu-law-...
Posted by Library Blog
04/18/2013 at 01:22 PM
A practicing attorney’s toolkit should contain the court rules for the jurisdictions in which she is practicing.  Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis publish compilations of state and federal court rules. In addition to the text of the rules, there may be Committee/Reporter/Compiler Notes offering a “legislative history” of the rule.  The “Notes” typically indicate an adoption of or a variation from the federal rule and might contain references to case law that prompted a revision to the rule.  As these are annotated publications, there will be “Notes of Decisions” to cases in which...
Posted by David Logan
04/17/2013 at 04:14 PM
This was the 20th year of the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, held this time in the beautiful seaside town of Charleston, South Carolina (the Newport of the South?).  While RWU Law won the whole shooting match in 2009 (the talented trio of Amanda Argentieri, Brian Eisenhower, and Ben Sussman), this year’s RWU Law team (Chris McNally, Kyle Smith, and William Yost) also performed superbly, picking up a “Best Brief” Award and losing by a fraction of a point to Richmond in the championship round. This represents another feather in the cap for the RWU Moot Court Program...
Posted by David Logan
04/15/2013 at 08:55 AM
RWU Law is rightfully proud of the many ways in which its students can gain invaluable practical experience, and one of the most popular of these programs is our Criminal Defense Clinic, where students handle misdemeanors in RI District Court.  However, every once in a while what begins as a small case in a lower court actually makes its way to the big stage, i.e, the Supreme Court.      This happened just recently, as 3L Allison Belknap argued before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Allison, in her third year at RWUSOL, is an accomplished member of the Moot...
Posted by Library Blog
04/11/2013 at 01:18 PM
In addition to the resources of the Office of Career Development, you can use LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law for job searching and career development.  These are great services for researching attorneys, law firms and companies such as cases involved in and news stories about. Bloomberg Law’s  “Career Insights” contains advice, suggestions, and tips from practitioners on topics such as career options, interviews, networking, your job search, professional development, and summer employment.  “Ask the Hiring Attorney” series of “Qs & As” are a must read before an...
Posted by David Logan
04/09/2013 at 04:31 PM
Update: The Faculty Lounge has posted an updated blog that removed school funded positions from the "full-time, long-term, bar admission required" category.  Roger Williams, like most law schools in our region, does not fund these positions, so those employment numbers did not change.  However, Yale's employment rate changed to 77% and UMASS's changed to 23% in the "full-time, long-term, bar admission required" category.  Here is the latest blog:http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html...