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Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 01:39 PM
Since the day I turned 18, I couldn’t wait to be called for Jury Duty.  In 1999, the day finally came.  I received my little Juror’s Card in the mail informing me I had been selected to serve.  I felt as though I had just won the lottery!  I had been SELECTED!!!  (No calling me dork or any of the other names you’re thinking in your head right now.)  There was one problem though.  The date I was scheduled to serve was very soon after my second child’s due date.  I could have checked that little box that claimed I wanted to reschedule, but nope, I was...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 01:26 PM
The first few weeks, or maybe even months of getting called on was scary.  I was envious of those people that could be in the hot seat and it seemed like just an ordinary conversation between them and the professor.  That person is not me.   Whenever I get called on – correction, whenever I hear the professor even start to say, “Ms. . .” – I can feel my blood start to boil and all the facts, issues, and ideas I had about any particular case just start floating out of my brain.   And then someone else gets called on instead of me.   Everything comes...
Posted by David Logan
02/12/2010 at 12:00 AM
The results are in for the 2009 bar exams, and once again RWU Law grads performed at a very high level.   Of the 140 members of the Class of 2009 that sat for the July bar exam in our top five states (in order: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey), 129 passed at least one bar exam – for an overall pass rate of 92%. Our first time pass rate for the July 2009 bar exam for all graduates of RWU Law in these key states was equally impressive. 93%  Massachusetts    85%  Rhode Island     81%  New York  ...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/04/2010 at 02:43 PM
I figure I should start this little writing journey by telling you about why I am in law school, and why I chose to spend the three years of my law school career at RWU.  Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to be one of those barefoot, pregnant ladies that spent time cooking, cleaning, and playing with my kids.  Ok, maybe not so much the cleaning part, but I definitely wanted to be involved in my future children’s lives as much as possible.  However, life has a funny way of making you reconsider your options.   I was married...
Posted by David Logan
02/03/2010 at 12:00 AM
Several years ago, Associate Dean Michael Yelnosky embarked on a study that would capture one important (and objective) measure of the quality of a law school: how often its faculty published in the most prestigious law journals. Building on a methodology used by Brian Leiter to compare law schools at the top of the US News rankings, Michael focused on the other 100+ schools, many of which we were confident had strong, productive faculties. Michael counted the number of articles published in the “top 50 journals” and divided that by the number of full-time, tenure-track faculty at each school...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/01/2010 at 01:25 PM
The beginning of the second semester is probably one of the most stressful of all. While you would think the first semester “end game” of exams would be (and don’t get me wrong, it is), finding out how you did on those exams is unnerving. Unlike being an undergrad, our grades don’t get posted until January. What I find amazing at times is that, like undergrad, students seem to have various methods (or mind-sets) of checking their grades. Some people will obsess and check them hourly even though they are posted around 4 PM (that was me in the beginning), others will only check when they know a...
Posted by David Logan
01/29/2010 at 12:00 AM
Mike Daly (2002) lent a laboring oar to the new edition of a well-known casebook, Marine and Coastal Law, which is used by undergraduate, graduate, and law professors across the country.  Mike co-authored this edition with Dennis Nixon, professor of marine affairs and associate dean for research and administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, and Susan Farady, director of our highly-regarded Marine Affairs Institute.  The team was ably assisted by the research efforts of 3L Jackson Parmenter. Mike was a terrific student at RWU, clerked...
Posted by David Logan
01/25/2010 at 12:00 AM
Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 is the Rhode Island House Representative for District 61, Pawtucket, and serves as the House Majority Whip, as well as a member of the House Committee on Corporations, House Committee on Labor, House Committee on Rules, and the Joint Committee on Highway Safety.  In the past year, Kilmartin sponsored a bill to ban texting while driving in R.I. that was passed unanimously in November 2009.  Kilmartin was a strong supporter of the bill because of a near tragic experience he had with a texting driver while on duty as a Pawtucket police officer in 1997:  “I...
Posted by David Logan
01/20/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England). The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded the prestigious Deborah Rhode Award to Dean David Logan. The award was based upon a range of programmatic accomplishments in recent years, including securing funding for the...
Posted by David Logan
01/06/2010 at 12:00 AM
Late in the fall semester, Roger Williams University School of Law hosted its Sixth Annual Legal Career Options Day, and over 150 law students had the chance to speak with almost 60 attorneys in our Atrium.  Attorneys conducted table talk and shared information about their careers and employment options with their firms and institutions.  Career Services Dean Anthony Bastone once again recruited a broad cross-section of successful attorneys, manifesting the “versatility of the J.D. degree.” Our special guests included The Honorable Paul D. Stickney, Federal Magistrate Judge in the U...