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Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 09:52 AM
The RWU Law Military Law Society (MIL) conceived and directed our first-ever Veterans Day Celebration.  On a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon, dignitaries including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and RWU President Dr. Donald Farish were in Bristol to celebrate those from Roger Williams Law who have, and are, serving.  The ceremony had 3 purposes.  First, to honor a beloved member of the RWU Law family, Adjunct Professor Bill Coffey, who served in the Navy 1962-65.  Bill suddenly passed away over the previous weekend...
Posted by David Logan
11/15/2012 at 04:03 PM
The roof was raised recently when the RWU Chorus and the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir gathered in the University’s Global Heritage Hall for an evening of soul-stirring gospel music.  The students, led by Chorus Director Jonathan Richter, enthusiastically performed three numbers before Prism of Praise, one of the real treasures of the Ocean State, took the stage for an hour of truly uplifting music, which had the whole place singing, swaying, and enjoying fellowship. The remarkable event  occurred due to the efforts of Deborah Johnson, the terrific Director of Diversity and...
Posted by Michael Hartley
11/15/2012 at 12:46 PM
We all had to take a lot of steps to get to law school.  This opportunity for us means a missed opportunity for someone else.  We can easily lose sight of that especially with our final memos being due in a week and exams being right around the corner.  Don’t forget this because when things seem impossible you can think, “I was smart enough to make it here, and I am smart enough to get through (fill in the blank but the blank is probably exams).” I know this blog is coming very late in the semester but I think that is very symbolic of how this semester is going.  It is...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2012 at 12:49 PM
The Massachusetts Bar Examiners have released the results of the July administration of its bar exam, and, once again, RWU Law grads performed at a very high level, leading all regional law schools in the overall pass rate, as well as the pass rate for first-time takers.  Coming on the heels of a very high pass rate in Connecticut (“RWU Tops Regional Law Schools on Connecticut Bar Exam”) this is even more evidence that RWU Law gives its graduates the tools they need to succeed.  Here is a breakdown of the first-time pass rate for the regional law schools on the 2012 MA bar exam:...
Posted by David Logan
11/06/2012 at 09:59 AM
I am always proud of the accomplishments of members of the RWU Law community, but last week I learned of three remarkable ways that students honed their practical legal skills while helping the less fortunate. First up: a victory by students in our Immigration Law Clinic.  Luis Mancheno and Lipou Laliemthavisay, both 3Ls, appeared in Immigration Court in Boston, on behalf of a young Kenyan seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture, which provides refuge in the U.S. to those who can prove a danger of persecution or torture if repatriated; in this case the likelihood of...
Posted by Michael Rekola
11/04/2012 at 10:34 PM
Inspiration is a funny thing.  It can come a quick as lightning, be fostered by friends, or take years to strike.  Its no surprise that I am unaware of what my future holds.  I was never one of those law students who entered law school immediately knowing that the goal was to be a trial attorney, a professor, or even an in-house counsel.  So for my three years in school, I have strived to try all manner and facets of the law.  Some areas I have thrived in, like contract drafting, while others I have floundered at, like torts. Some opportunities I made the best of,...
Posted by David Logan
11/01/2012 at 04:27 PM
With the sting of two years of student victories, and frenzied cheering from the student section this year, a faculty team featuring vets Jared Goldstein and Richard Rose, plus newbies Zoe Argento, Colleen Brown, Andy Horwitz, and Bruce Kogan, fought valiantly, but unsuccessfully, to avoid a 3-year losing streak to student teams in Jeopardy.   The class of 2015 and the defending champions, class of 2014, were neck and neck with the old timers throughout, and all teams nailed what turned out to be a prophetic Final Jeopardy answer, with the clue “The two types of tropical cyclones...
Posted by David Logan
10/26/2012 at 03:25 PM
Roger Williams topped regional law schools on the July 2012 Connecticut Bar Exam.  This comes as no surprise, given that RWU Law grads have been passing the bar at a high level for years.  This July’s result is particularly noteworthy as 90% of RWU Law’s first-time test takers passed the CT Bar – tying Quinnipiac, slightly ahead of regional powerhouse UConn, and dramatically ahead of newcomer UMass-Dartmouth.     For a complete list of the July results visit http://www.jud.ct.gov/cbec/Stats/July12LS.pdf For a list of schools accredited by the American Bar Association go...
Posted by David Logan
10/25/2012 at 09:30 AM
As the only law school in Rhode Island, RWU Law has a close relationship with a number of important professional groups, including the Thurgood Marshall Law Society, the Latino Policy Institute, Common Cause and the Rhode Island Association for Justice, which represents lawyers who represent injured individuals. Professor Diana Hassel and I have taught in RIAJ “citizen schools” which help explain the legal system to non-lawyers, and last year we co-hosted, with RIAJ and the Rhode Island School of Design, a screening of a controversial look at our civil justice system, Hot Coffee. We are also...
Posted by David Logan
10/22/2012 at 10:01 AM
While many Rhode Islanders choose to stay home for law school, RWU Law draws 1Ls from all over the country (typically from 30 or so states), and we always enjoy taking the newbies out on the water that surrounds our campus.  Here is a recap of this year's excursion from our terrific Marine Affairs Director, Susan Farady, followed by some pics of a stunningly beautiful day to be on the water. On Friday, October 5, members of the 1L class joined the Marine Affairs Institute (MAI) and Dean Logan on the MAI’s annual Meet the Bay boat trip with staff of Save the Bay, a Rhode Island non-profit...