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Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 10:12 AM
One of the biggest selling points of RW Law for me was the recreation center. It is at the doorstep of the law building, how much more convenient can that be? Before enrolling here, I would spend 3-4 day per week at the gym back home (I won’t plug which one), AND the college I worked for had a pool which helped my love of swimming (I swam competitively in high school). Therefore, some ability for me to get a work out in during the day was a large component of selecting a place I wanted to spend the subsequent 3 years of my life. Many law students will use the gym, particularly because it is...
Posted by David Logan
03/08/2010 at 01:00 AM
Two of the junior members of our terrific faculty learned last week that they had been awarded tenure pursuant to a unanimous vote of the Law Faculty, the Dean, the Board of Directors, and the University President, Dr. Roy J. Nirschel.  Courtney Cahill is a national expert in the complex issues surrounding same sexuality and the law, using her skills as a close reader of texts, honed at Princeton, where she earned her PhD in Comparative Literature. Courtney was a stellar student at Yale Law School, where she served as Chief Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal, and after graduation...
Posted by David Logan
03/03/2010 at 01:00 AM
Last week, our own Professor Peter Margulies – a widely acknowledged expert on laws governing torture, terrorism and other cutting-edge fields of central relevance in today’s volatile political climate – was interviewed by the National Law Journal, featured in a podcast for SCOTUSblog, and appeared on a panel at the Georgetown Law School discussing a fascinating terror case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case in question is Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, argued last Tuesday, Feb. 23, which asks the court to consider whether several key terms in the federal laws...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/26/2010 at 12:47 PM
Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy...
Posted by David Logan
02/24/2010 at 01:00 AM
Congratulations to newlyweds Jennifer Coliflores‘11 and Eric Rosenthal of Pawtucket, R.I. who were married before TV cameras and family and friends in January.  The couple won the grand prize of a $40,000 wedding in a contest sponsored by NBC10 WJAR and Video Excellence.  The grand prize included the ceremony officiated by daytime-tv star Judge Frank Caprio, and a reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, wedding music, photography, videography, wedding attire for both the bride and the groom, wedding rings, invitations, the honeymoon, planning services, hair and makeup,...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/18/2010 at 12:13 PM
This past week was a very, very long week.  There’s a study somewhere that states Roger William School of Law Students have earned the ranking of one of the highest, if not the highest score, regarding how many hours per day a student here studies.  Please don’t ask me where I read this study right now because it is 10:30 on a Sunday night and I think I put in over 35 hours of studying this weekend alone.  I’m tired.  But I remember reading the results and wondering why we earned this particular title.  Are the students here more competitive?  Did the school...
Posted by David Logan
02/18/2010 at 01:00 AM
During the week of January 18, RWU Law held its 5th Annual M.L.K. Celebration.  Throughout the week members of the law school community participated in activities designed to commemorate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Through service and learning we reflected on the changes in the civil rights movement and the ways in which we can make a difference in our communities.  On the Monday holiday, a group of students and staff had a “Day On” (instead of a day off) by rolling up their sleeves to paint at the Roger Williams Middle School in south Providence....
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/17/2010 at 05:26 PM
Have you ever felt like you were behind, didn’t know where the time went, and that you probably won’t catch back up? Yeah, I feel that way right now. Today, someone said we were in week 5 (ok, he said 7, but I double checked for accuracy) and I did a mental double take. I couldn’t believe we had already gone through 1/3 of the semester. Thinking back to the first semester everything seemed to go by exceptionally slowly. That doesn’t really change. One thing I’ve realized while being here is that the weeks seem to go buy slowly, but when looking back they go by like lightning. It is probably...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/12/2010 at 02:39 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 02:26 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...