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Posted by Melanie Shapiro
10/18/2010 at 08:53 AM
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog, and what better time then the end of a long Sunday of work when I’m too tired to keep reading, but not to blog?  Second year sure is busy, but I’m enjoying it all!  This year you can choose some electives.  The required courses for the fall are Constitutional Law and Evidence.  My electives are Immigration, Legislative Drafting and Wills & Trusts.  I find the substance of these courses pretty interesting and I feel lucky to have such top-notch engaging faculty teaching me. This time of year is also very busy because I’m...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
10/17/2010 at 09:51 PM
Wow, it has been a little bit since my last blog entry, and for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath my return to the blogosphere, thank you for your patience! :)  The first week of October was nuts, with my sister's wedding, my own one-year anniversary of my marriage, and my birthday, mixed in, of course, with layers and layers of coursework.  Since I spend my weekends preparing for the week and doing all of my readings then, it is really difficult for me to take time off on the weekend to do anything but coursework, but I gave an exception for my sister's wedding...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 02:30 PM
We have received word that RWU Law, in conjunction with Rhode Island Film and TV Office, will host an exclusive Rhode Island advance screening of the major Hollywood movie, “Conviction,” on Monday, October 25, 2010. The law school will also be holding a fundraiser that evening, with all proceeds going to the Innocence Project, who worked with Betty Anne (RWU Law 1998) to win her brother’s release from prison. We will announce more details soon, including how the limited number of available tickets will be distributed and details about the pre-screening fundraiser. Law Students: We are...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 09:23 AM
Our Appellate Courtroom was the scene of a debate among the candidates for Rhode Island Attorney General, and it was a doozy.  Peppered with questions from a panel consisting of media legend Jim Taricani, ProJo columnist Ed Fitzpatrick, and our own Prof. Jared Goldstein, the candidates got to display both style and substance as they handled a string of hardball questions including gay marriage, immigration, local enforcement of immigration law, corruption and cronyism, and environmental law.  Perhaps the most telling moments came when they were asked whether they would reopen the...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/14/2010 at 09:45 PM
North Dakota: In an attempt to rob a bank, a man scribbled his ransom note and gave it to the teller. The teller quickly gave him the money and watched him run out the door. Attempts to search the surrounding area were unsuccessful, but upon review of the ransom note, it was revealed that the man wrote the demand on the back of his personal bank deposit note. Police traveled to the man's home and arrested him while he was counting the cash. South Carolina: A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut...
Posted by David Logan
10/12/2010 at 12:00 AM
In 2007, a U.S. helicopter opened fire on what the crew thought to be Iraqi insurgents. In the days following the incident it was discovered that the targets were, in fact, civilians; two international journalists were among those killed. In February of this year gripping video of the attack was posted on the website WikiLeaks.org, causing the U.S. Military to issue a statement of regret and initiate a vigorous effort to identify the source of the leaks. An April, 2010 New York Times article details these events. Now, the soldier who allegedly posted the video, Army Private (PFC) Bradley...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/08/2010 at 05:51 PM
It's a Friday at 5:21 p.m. I'm still at school, sitting at my desk wondering how much longer I should work for. It's not my weekend with the kids, so I always feel guilty if I leave early because I like to try to get as much done as possible when they are not home. That way, it makes life a little more sane when they are. Since I'm having trouble concentrating, I decided to write about what I have been up to lately: Criminal Defense Clinic: We are now officially in full force. Everyone is busy and everyone has court almost weekly. Greg Rosenfeld, another student in the clinic, represented...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2010 at 10:00 AM
Law students spend many hours each day pouring over the decisions handed down by top appellate courts, but rarely get to see, first-hand, how this law is made.  That is not a problem for this crop of RWU Law students, because yesterday they could simply enter our courtroom and witness oral arguments in 5 cases docketed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.   Very few federal courts “go on the road,” and this rare experience was supplemented by the willingness of the presiding judges to return to the courtroom at the conclusion of the arguments to field...
Posted by Peter Eraca
10/06/2010 at 11:00 PM
Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner. When you work for certain governmental bodies, you need to be careful about “lending the influence of the body” to your words/actions, so I made the decision to refrain from writing about my summer position until it concluded. Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working in the chambers of the Honorable Cecelia Morris, United States...
Posted by William Wray
10/05/2010 at 07:32 PM
Today in torts class we discussed the conditions under which the law states that an individual has an affirmative duty to act. Generally speaking, we don't have a legal duty to act to help one another.   To illustrate this, Professor Logan described the hypothetical scenario in which someone knocks on your door and informs you that by donating a mere $1, you can save a starving child's life, guaranteed. He also described a situation in which a lone bystander to a car accident simply walks by without helping the afflicted or calling for those who can. In both situations, there is no legal...