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Posted by David Logan
01/21/2014 at 02:50 PM
One great thing about a judicial externship with the Honorable Dennis Curran from the Massachusetts Superior Court, is that RWU Law students never know what in addition to observing lawyers and trials will come their way. Last year, they helped Judge Curran prepare a major study of compensation for judges in the Commonwealth, which helped the legislature in its consideration remedial legislation http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-law-students-help-important-study-judicial-compensation-massachusetts; http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/judicial_pay_in_massachusetts.html Then, last...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2014 at 02:58 PM
As you probably know by now, RWU President Donald Farish this week made two major announcements that in many respects will shape the coming years at RWU Law. First, he announced that Professor Michael Yelnosky will replace me as Dean at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. In my view (and in the view of literally everyone I have spoken to) this is an inspired choice. Michael is totally ready for the job: as one of the founding members of our faculty, he has taught many of our alumni and current students, worked closely with his colleagues on the faculty and Senior Staff as the Associate Dean...
Posted by Library Blog
01/16/2014 at 09:56 AM
The library’s Appy Hour technology series returns for the spring semester. Why should you attend an Appy Hour? Efficiency! The opportunity to learn tips and techniques to help you work and study more efficiently using technology. Ethics! Recent amendments to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to maintain knowledge of technology as part of their ethics requirements. Entertainment! Learning about technology can enliven your day. The spring 2014 Appy Hour sessions cover: 1/28:  MS Office PowerTips: Word & PowerPoint 2/11:  MS Office PowerTips: Excel...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
01/15/2014 at 04:05 PM
  After two glorious weeks of Christmas break, the spring semester here at RWU Law has officially started.  I’m not quite sure there is anything more difficult than attempting to get back into school mode after a small glimpse of freedom.  But alas, I must fight the urge to watch another episode of Cake Boss on Netflix and crack open my Civil Procedure book once again.   I have heard from several attorneys and former law students that the transition between first semester and second semester of the first year is one of the toughest.  Let’s face it, I’m still trying to...
Posted by David Logan
01/13/2014 at 05:35 PM
When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum. He also took advantage of the unique opportunity to be a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, where he researched legal issues associated with hydroelectric power in Rhode Island, and the issues faced by Maine fishermen who want to...
Posted by Library Blog
01/08/2014 at 07:46 PM
Survey Says New Attorneys Spend a Significant Portion of their Time on Research! According to a recent National Conference of Bar Examiners’ survey: 89% of new attorneys spend a significant portion of their time conducting research 91% of new attorneys are expected to conduct non-electronic research 96% of new attorneys are expect to conduct cost effective electronic research Research Methodology came in 5th in average significance among 86 knowledge areas for new attorneys! To get up to speed with legal research before you enter a competitive job market, check out the Prepare for Practice...
Posted by David Logan
01/08/2014 at 12:54 PM
Law students from the RWU International Law Society travelled to NYC late last semester for an opportunity to network and learn from leaders in the field. They were delighted to encounter our own Professor Louise Ellen Teitz, who is wrapping up her tour as a diplomat as the First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Hague, The Netherlands (http://law.rwu.edu/louise-ellen-teitz). Here are some reflections from one of the attendees, 2L Jocelyn Valenzuela, and below that some pictures from the weekend. International Law Weekend in NY was a great opportunity for...
Posted by Mike Muehe
01/07/2014 at 01:36 PM
                After a much-needed Thanksgiving break, the scene at RWU Law changed drastically. Final exams were right around the corner, a seemingly-terrifying, unique experience for us as 1Ls. The weeks began to fly by, juggling the last class assignments, editing and reviewing outlines, and reviewing outline, on top of any other responsibilities make it seem like entering final exams is like entering a giant whirlpool – a semester’s worth of work swirling around you over the two-week exam period, and ending in an...
Posted by David Logan
12/20/2013 at 12:45 PM
As we reach the end of a remarkable fall semester of programming—including not one but two visits from Justices from the United States Supreme Court  http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor-and-rwu-law and http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 - we now pivot to an exciting lineup of programming for the coming spring. Leading off: the keynote speaker for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. week of commemorations is a talk by the newest member of the highest court in New York State, the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Justice on the NY Court of Appeals...
Posted by Tom Peterson
12/20/2013 at 12:11 PM
It seems hard to believe but my first semester of law school is complete and Winter Break is upon us.  It is great to have a couple of weeks off to relax, rest, and enjoy time with friends and family.  Having two weeks off is a luxury that I haven’t had in almost 25 years, so I will definitely enjoy that. The first semester flew by, and with my first set of Law School Finals in the rearview mirror, it is a good opportunity to reflect on tests in Law School.  Finals in law school are like no other experience I have ever had.   Three hours to tell the professor what you...