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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...
Posted by David Logan
07/23/2010 at 01:19 PM
This summer has been especially exciting for Jacqueline Rolleri (2011) and Sarah Parker (2012), who won coveted positions with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Jackie serves as a Legal Intern for NOAA's Office of General Counsel for International Law while Sarah secured an Environmental Fellowship through the Office of Career Services and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; she works with Jeffrey Dillen, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ocean Services. Jacqueline's projects have included research pertaining to shipwrecks and...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2010 at 07:45 AM
One of the ways that a law school projects its influence is through faculty appearances on the national stage, when they serve as what are termed “public intellectuals”—go-to sources for expertise on important legal issues. In recent weeks, three members of the RWU Law team were high visibility. Prof. Carl Bogus was cited in one of the most controversial decisions of the recently-ended term of the Supreme Court of the United States, McDonald v. City of Chicago, which extended the protections of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms to citizens of all states. Carl’s scholarship was central...
Posted by Kevin Olasanoye
07/18/2010 at 10:42 AM
Friday was the last day of the London program and I thought it would be useful to leave you all with some of my concluding thoughts. As I have already mentioned, I never had the opportunity to study abroad when I was in my undergrad. So when I heard that RWU had a study abroad program in London back in January, I knew this was where I would be spending part of my summer. And boy am I glad I had the chance to visit! Aside from having the opportunity to do some travelling and relaxation (which I have to tell you was a whole lot of fun), the pupilage period and classes were a treat. In five...
Posted by David Logan
07/16/2010 at 02:38 PM
It’s perfectly understandable why a century ago the superrich chose RI for their summer homes, because summer in RI is sublime. Much of the fun is on the water--the sailing and kayacking are world class (and RWU even provides students free kayacks for exploring Mt Hope Bay). There are also excellent beaches and even surfing. There is also alot for landlubbers, too. You can do no better than the 4th of July Parade in Bristol; the 225th took place on Monday, July 5th (some pics are below) and it was the subject of the cover story of the July 4th edition of Parade Magazine.   July is...