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Posted by John Pell
09/20/2010 at 04:06 PM
The Law Student "division" of the American Bar Association is hosting a "Leadership Conference" in Philadelphia, PA, this October. I'm going. As you can likely guess from the extensive use of quotation marks thus far, I'm not exactly the business-y type. I'm somewhat offended, actually, that our society rewards personal connections and networking contacts over pure merit. Sadly, that's a subject for my personal blog. What I'm talking about in this post is logistics. I need business cards. Where do I get them? What should they look like? What should I call myself on them? What sort of...
Posted by William Wray
09/20/2010 at 10:02 AM
“Conduct such as Texaco's is not made legal simply by protestations that the acts involved were, in fact, legal. All too often such assertions go unchallenged... and become accepted as the norm by default. Actions previously considered amoral somehow become clothed in respectability. Pennzoil's litigation challenges this mindless slip into acceptability. A contract is a contract. We used to say... business was done on a handshake. Should it now require handcuffs?” - Hugh Liedtke, summarizing the eventual theme of Pennzoil's lawsuit. I've just finished reading 'Oil and Honor' WSJ journalist...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
09/17/2010 at 10:44 AM
It is a rainy Sunday and I set up my canvas on my easel in my studio, unsure of what I will create but knowing that I need to be open to the possibilities that will flow forth as I place my brush to the blank canvas.  The only thing I am certain of is that I plan to have a showing of the new body of work created during this, my first year at RWU SOL.  This blog will be a record of my lifeʼs intersection between art and law, with some musings on meditation, yoga, eco-living and tattoos thrown in, for good measure. My easel is the one I used while an undergraduate at RISD.  I...
Posted by David Logan
09/17/2010 at 10:36 AM
On August 15th, the School of Law welcomed 198 new students to our beautiful campus.  The Class of 2013 arrived from 25 states (from places as far away as Utah and California) ready to tackle the challenges of a Roger Williams legal education.  We are proud that this group is the most diverse class in the School of Law’s history. Orientation kicked off with remarks from Paul Suttell, the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, who also administered the Oath of Professionalism.  The students spent the next two days learning about the rigors of law school as well as the...
Posted by John Pell
09/16/2010 at 12:28 PM
I'm sitting here contemplating my position on the first day of the fourth week of my 2nd year; the day after labour day. Although one semester seems like a long time, and two is twice as long, law school goes by fast. I already need to be planning for summer internships and it's barely even September! I didn't intern last summer since I went on the London Study Abroad trip and needed at least some time for my wife (i.e., to travel to visit the in-laws). So, I'm feeling a bit pressured as to what to do with my 2nd (and last) summer of law school. The coursework itself, however, is much more...
Posted by David Logan
09/14/2010 at 11:00 PM
The dozen federal Courts of Appeal are a step below the Supreme Court of the United States, and Roger Williams Law has a close relationship with the First Circuit, the highest court in New England. We are especially proud of our affiliation with one of the best-known and respected appellate judges in the country, Judge Bruce Selya.  Judge Selya teaches a very popular course, “The Lessons of Litigation,” regularly has our top students extern in his chambers, and is an important leader on the School of Law Board of Directors. We also have an excellent relationship with the newest member of...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/14/2010 at 10:36 PM
Almost one month has passed since my third year of law school began. Last I wrote, I was wondering what the future held. Well, some of those questions have been answered. The first question answered is whether I was going to be bored to death my third year. Most law school students have heard the catch phrase, "First year, they scare you to death. Second year, they work you to death. Third year, they bore you to death." I can say with 100% certainty that, so far, my third year has been anything but boring. I have honestly started thinking that when I become a "real attorney," it will seem...
Posted by William Wray
09/13/2010 at 12:41 PM
A friend of mine is starting his first year at Brown Med School. I went with him to a med student party last weekend, just a couple blocks from where I live in Providence. I was worried that an aspiring doctor party would be somewhat tame, given their advice of 'abstinence this' and 'moderation that,' but based solely on the number of students smoking cigarettes outside, it was clear the only oath in effect was hypocritic.   (I always feel kind of nauseous after a bad pun.)   About an hour in we started talking with a group of third year med students. One of them asked if we were “...
Posted by David Logan
09/07/2010 at 09:31 AM
The summer proved to be a learning experience for three RWU Law students, Stephen Deering '11, Thomas Hajj '11, and Raquel Thomas '12, as they completed judicial internships with Judge Dennis Curran of the Massachusetts Superior Court.   The students assisted the judge with the management of the civil trial session, helped draft judicial opinions, and worked on an article on court management.  The students had the unique opportunity of  having lunch every Friday with the judge, where they discussed a broad array of trial tactics including cross-...
Posted by William Wray
09/07/2010 at 09:17 AM
Thanks to the professors, administrators, and personnel for their time and dedication in planning and flawlessly executing orientation, complete with a few local legal stars to kick things off. Though (as a certain professor is wont to say) nothing can truly prepare "sloppy undergraduates" for the study of law, orientation provided the much-needed caveat "Hold your breath!' before we dove headfirst into classes. Without orientation the dive may well have been more of a belly flop. We're also obliged to the weather for minimizing distractions, I suppose. While unseasonably chilly temperatures...