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Posted by David Logan
02/26/2013 at 11:12 AM
One of the lingering effects of the bursting of the housing bubble has been banks deciding that a building they own is not worth fixing up, a problem especially prevalent in older, poor and working class neighborhoods.  The resulting blight, in turn, puts further downward pressure on the value, and quality of life, of the neighborhood. This troublesome topic was the focus of a segment on “Marketplace,” the National Public Radio that covers the economy last week.  http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/sometimes-even-banks-want-walk-away-home It turns out that RWU Law’s own...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2013 at 04:40 PM
RWU Law is very proud of the pro bono activities of our students, both during the academic year and over summers.  Building on the amazing work of the “Student Hurricane network,” where law students from around the country helped the Gulf Coast rebuild its legal systems post-Hurricane Katrina, RWU Law is now active in “Alternative Spring Break;” instead of kicking back for a week of fun in mid-March, 44 of our students will be fanning out from Massachusetts to Louisiana to help non-profit organizations: Bronx Defenders  (Bronx, NY) Brooklyn Defender Services ...
Posted by Sam Clarke
02/18/2013 at 12:49 AM
Do you hear stories about the “Socratic Method”? The classic technique of teaching used in law schools across the country? Do you want to know what it’s really like? You could read about the Socratic Method on Wikipedia. Actually, that article is kind of confusing. Or you could read this, which is often what it ends up looking like.   ***   Class is about to start. I settle into my seat and shuffle through papers nervously.   “Who else hasn’t he called on?” I mutter to Allison. She gives a tiny shrug but her eyes stay on the professor. I start running through a mental list…...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2013 at 01:37 PM
I am delighted to announce that a team of RWU Law 3Ls -- Nicholas Nybo, Will Wray, and Juliana McKittrick – placed  4th in the National Moot Court Competition, the largest, and most prestigious appellate competition in the country http://www.actl.com/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutUs/AwardsandCompetitions/NationalMootCourt/default.htm.  Over 196 teams from 131 schools compete in regionals, and after sweeping through a New England field that included Northeastern, Suffolk, Boston University, Syracuse, Boston College, Maine, Vermont, and Western New England, http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-...
Posted by Michael Rekola
02/11/2013 at 04:52 PM
Over the weekend, us New Englanders got slammed by a storm named after a Disney cartoon character.  Although the weather service has stated that the Nemo was named for its Ancient Latin definition (“No one or No Man”), it afforded me the opportunity (or the pain, however you see it) to catch up on some of my classes like Federal Income Tax.  Although my house was luckily saved from various power outages and the freezing temperatures, I was snowed in with my law books, a package of Oreos, and our dog Monty.   Unfortunately many of my law school friends and fellow...
Posted by David Logan
02/07/2013 at 12:11 PM
For the fifth consecutive year, RWU Law alums were treated to a special professional honor: being admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  As in years past, alums and their faculty sponsor (this year Professor Emily Sack), plus friends and family toured the stately Court building posing for pictures in front of portraits of professional heroes.  We gathered for breakfast in the West Conference Room; everyone was abuzz over this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the reality really hit when the Clerk of the Court, General William Suter, dropped by to prepare...
Posted by Amber White
02/05/2013 at 03:44 PM
The first thing I noticed about RWUSOL upon coming here was the warm reception I received.  From day one, the school was very accommodating-- whether it was helping me register for classes or making sure that I had secured housing.  It definitely made me feel like the school was happy to have me. My first semester at RWUSOL I spent mostly immersed in my studies and getting used to my new school.  My classes were pretty hard that semester, but the professors were happy to answer any questions I had. It was easy to just drop in for office hours.  This semester, one of my...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2013 at 12:38 PM
For years now, RWU law has placed students in fantastic externships with the top lawyers, judges, and government and nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/publ; http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/judi Now we add to this already rich array the chance to work with the top corporate lawyers in the region, in our recently launched In-House Counsel Externship Program. Through this program,...
Posted by Michael Hartley
02/03/2013 at 01:04 AM
When I was applying to law schools, I saw these blogs written by students and wished that a student would write about their law school experience. Now I am a law student who has a blog and I thought it would be fitting to write my experience of law school so far. Before coming to law school, everyone tells you how busy you will be and how much reading and studying you will do. This is not a lie but, it is not completely true either. The workload is intense but, at least as I have experienced as a 1L, the workload is more than manageable. So far, I have been able to manage everything and have...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
01/31/2013 at 12:46 PM
With spring break 2013 on the horizon, I have been feeling nostalgic about my wonderful experiences from spring break 2012. Last year, I participated in an Alternative Spring Break Program, interning with United Mountain Defense (UMD) in Knoxville, Tennessee. This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting Tennessee’s watersheds, air, mountains, and people.  The trip proved to be an amazing life experience that was not only educational, but also fun. This is not to say that I did not have some serious reservations going into this trip. For starters, a 30-hour round-trip drive was...