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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/21/2015 at 09:30 AM
I know that lots of people hate Twitter, and I know many of the reasons.   Too many tweets are inane (“I am having an awesome grilled cheese for lunch”); there are too many abbreviations and symbols used on Twitter (what do @ and # mean anyway?); the 140-character limit makes it impossible to convey anything meaningful; and Twitter is accelerating the destruction of written English. Young people cannot write elegant prose, and they would not be able to recognize it if they saw it. #OMG! Nevertheless, I tweet.  Enthusiastically. Every weekday (and often on the weekend).  Prior...
Posted by Carl Bogus
12/14/2015 at 08:33 AM
We are understandably shaken. The massacre in Paris left not just France but the entire West feeling vulnerable. On Black Friday, Americans rushed out to buy – not only new electronic gadgets and toys for Christmas – but guns. The FBI processed the largest number of gun purchase background checks ever submitted on a single day. Five days later – as if in answer to the question “How long will it be before something similar happens in the United States?” – the mass shootings occurred in San Bernardino, California. The president of Liberty University urged students to apply for concealed weapons...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
12/04/2015 at 10:57 AM
Over the past several years, RWU Law has made significant strides in increasing the diversity of its student body.  When I arrived here in February 2011, the percentage of students in the 2010 entering class who identified as a member of a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession was 15%.  That percentage has risen to 25% with the current 1L class and the racial and ethnic diversity of the overall student body stands at 23%.  Indeed the law school’s student body is more diverse today than it has ever been – more accurately reflecting the...
Posted by Mikéla Almeida
11/24/2015 at 05:25 PM
The Esther Clark Moot Court Competition is an intra-school appellate advocacy competition for new Moot Court Board members. Every fall brings an intense and engaging event – not only for the competitors and Board members, but also for the RWU Law administration, faculty, and legal community members who attend and participate in Esther Clark oral arguments. This year, fifteen competitors individually prepared an appellate brief and conducted oral arguments before panels of local attorneys and judges. Because RWU Law has a wonderful and close-knit relationship with the Rhode Island legal...
Posted by Olabisi Davies
11/12/2015 at 11:17 AM
It's hard to believe that several months have now passed since I spent the summer interning at Bronx Defenders (BXD) in New York! Now that the cold weather and early sunsets are fast making winter a reality, I am remembering my summer experiences with gratitude. Working with BXD was such a blessing – and one that ended on a high note, as I gave the closing argument at a fact-finding hearing on my final morning on the job! Again I feel truly blessed that, over the course of my law school journey so far, I've been afforded the opportunity to intern with phenomenal organizations and supervising...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
11/04/2015 at 05:17 PM
Women in Robes is a Women’s Law Society’s annual event that brings together the students of Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Judiciary. This year’s Women in Robes took place on October 22, at DeWolf Tavern, here in Bristol.  With attendance growing each year, this was one of our most successful events yet, with a total of 90 attendees. This included judges from the Rhode Island Family Court, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island Worker’s Compensation Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition to the esteemed members of the...
Posted by Christopher Gerlica
10/27/2015 at 10:00 AM
On June 26 of this year the Supreme Court of the United States made history by legalizing marriage equality nationwide. Prior to the Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage had been governed by a patchwork of state laws. Unfortunately for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, many vital issues beyond marriage – involving family law, domestic violence, transgender rights and federal protections – are still obscured by a confusing mishmash of local laws. The Beyond Marriage Equality Symposium on October 30th is meant to address these...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/19/2015 at 10:26 AM
Alumni weekend this year ran from Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27.  The kick-off event on Thursday was the latest installment in the Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series.  We were proud to host Gigi Sohn, Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  Her lecture was entitled, “Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: The Role of the FCC."   Ms. Sohn discussed the many (but underappreciated) ways in which the FCC regulates to protect consumers as they increasingly interact with television, phone, and cable service....
Posted by Peter Margulies
10/07/2015 at 10:20 AM
Cybersecurity is a major growth area in the law, as well as a central challenge for policymakers, corporate managers and ordinary citizens. Knowing about threats to private, business, and government data and how to reduce those threats is an essential part of the toolkit for today’s law students and lawyers.  RWU Law has recognized cyber’s importance with a new Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Cyber Security (JD/MSCS), and on October 16 the school will host a dynamic conference: Cybersecurity and Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge. The program features U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon...
Posted by William Smith
09/30/2015 at 10:22 AM
As a result of its status as Rhode Island’s only law school, Roger Williams University School of Law has developed a close relationship with the bench and bar of the State. Similarly significant, however, is the law school’s productive relationship with the federal courts.  This relationship affords RWU Law students numerous opportunities throughout the academic year to observe the work of and mingle with federal judges and attorneys who litigate frequently in the federal courts.   Here are just a few examples of what a law student can expect to see or do during his or her time at...