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Posted by David Logan
08/25/2010 at 12:00 AM
While the lion’s share of attention on my blog (and in the national media) is directed toward the terrific faculty we have assembled a RWU Law, our track record of successful student outcomes is the product of a team effort. Just as we have built an excellent and diverse faculty, we have built a high-performing Senior Staff. Below is a recent photo of the team (with, and without sunglasses). Back Row: Lorraine Lalli, Dean of Students; Michael Boylen, Assistant Dean of Admissions; Kathy Massa, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs; Chelsie Horne, Executive Director, Office of Alumni, Programs...
Posted by David Logan
08/22/2010 at 12:00 AM
RWU Law has built a remarkably strong faculty, and this year’s additions give us more curricular depth in two important areas, Intellectual Property (click here for earlier blog item on Zoe Argento) and Environmental Law.  We welcome Michael Burger, who we are confident will hit the ground running. Here are his stellar academic credentials: B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude M.F.A., New York University (fiction; his advisor was E.L. Doctorow) J.D., Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of International Law) Michael also has...
Posted by David Logan
08/18/2010 at 08:56 AM
As our students return to RWU Law for the fall semester, here’s a glimpse at the summer experiences of two of our students. Melanie Shapiro ’12 spent her summer in Washington, D.C. at the Hudson Institute, “a nonpartisan policy research organization,” where she worked alongside Michael J. Horowitz, a senior fellow at the Institute. Melanie’s “inside the Beltway” stint included focus on the national stage for work she has done in Rhode Island to close sex trade loopholes. She attended congressional briefings to oppose the Smith/Maloney bill, which supports the passage of "Safe Harbor Laws,"...
Posted by David Logan
08/16/2010 at 12:00 AM
The RWU family loves to get together, whether at the annual breakfast of the Law Alumni Association (held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association) or other, more casual venues. Here are some fun pics from recent gatherings in and around Providence. Robert Pirri '97 is thanked by Margreta Vellucci '07 for his three-year term as a RWU Law Alumni Association Board of Director Nicole Dulude '06, 2010/2011 RWU Law Alumni Association President, with Margreta Vellucci '07, 2009/2010 RWU Law Alumni Association President Nicole Dulude '06, Kevin Rolando '97, Kim...
Posted by David Logan
08/09/2010 at 12:00 AM
The headline in a recent edition of the Providence Business News (quoted above) hits it dead-on: RWU has built an excellent Marine Law program.  By focusing on all things marine—pollution, shipping, coastal development, alternative energy, (International) Law of the Sea, and even piracy—our students learn about cutting edge issues from top-shelf experts. One unique aspect of the program is the chance for our students to take courses at the oldest Marine Affairs program in the country (at the University of Rhode Island, just across the bay) and to get hands’-on learning by working on...
Posted by David Logan
08/05/2010 at 01:47 PM
Members of our faculty regularly form close bonds with their students, and remain advisors and friends long after graduation.  Case in point: Prof. Jane Rindsberg, a graduate of Duke Law School, who has to be one of the most dedicated teachers ever. Below is her report about the post-graduate success of a student that she taught years ago. On July 1, Amanda Bertrand Foster – from our class of 2004 – recently fulfilled a dream she has had since she was graduated from RWU, by becoming an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills & Values and Civil Procedure at the law school at Nova...
Posted by David Logan
08/02/2010 at 08:25 AM
Here is a dispatch from Lydia Hanhardt, Director of our Diversity Programs: June 27 was not an ordinary day at the law school. It marked the arrival of a small, but dynamic group of high school students, joined by their teacher, to the inaugural Marine Law Experience at RWU Law. A collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Outreach and the Marine Affairs Institute, the Experience brought six young diverse people to campus to help them prepare for college, and then hopefully law school, by capitalizing on their interest in Marine Law and Policy, a center of excellence at RWU Law. All...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/31/2010 at 11:54 AM
I browsed through the other bloggers posts and I am beginning to think I am the only one who isn't currently in London doing the summer abroad program.  Although I heard absolutely wonderful things about it, I went the internship route.  Last summer I interned at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, MA.  My supervising attorney, Brian O'Connor (no relation) provided me with a really great experience there.  Before starting the internship, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be because, let's face it, when you get done with your 1L year, you are no...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2010 at 10:20 AM
Ken Amoriggi (RWU Law class of 2009) is one of our many graduates who uses an RWU legal education to effect social change. Ken is Project Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Project, affiliated with Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ), an NGO dedicated to “building community by advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.” (Full disclosure—I am on the RICJ Board of Directors.) Ken recently went to the RI State House to help roll out the Juvenile Justice Diversionary Project, an effort to attack the disproportionate rate of minorities in the juvenile justice system (a distressing...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/25/2010 at 12:12 PM
There are only a few days left in July. This pretty much means that my summer is almost over. I have two weeks left of my internship, two weeks left until school committee and organization meetings start up, and only three more weeks until training for the criminal defense clinic and my other classes begin. However, as fast as it has flown by, this summer has been really great. I have been interning with the RI Attorney General’s Office in the Juvenile Prosecution Division as a Rule Nine. This means I get to actually argue in court. When I first accepted the internship, I was very concerned...