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Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/13/2010 at 09:41 AM
This has been my busiest semester yet as far as exam taking goes.  I've taken five finals so far and I have one left to go.  And then, that's it - my 2L year is over. I remember the welcome to high school speech that was presented to me and my class as 9th graders, entering the big, grown up world of high school.  The principal stood before me and informed me that these next four years would be over before I knew it.  Well, that was true.  And as I entered each level of higher education, I was told the same thing in the welcome speeches, "Enjoy your time here because...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
05/05/2010 at 08:44 AM
Well, that dreaded time of the semester (finals) has come once again.  This is off topic for this entry, but I hate finals.  I'll write more on why another time, and will just summarize by stating finals are a law student's living hell.  It's a time of constant studying, stress, and feeling like you're drowning.  Having three kids to take care of on top of studying for six finals is, ohhh . . . a little challenging. With that said . . . My oldest son, TJ, came home from school yesterday and told me they were discussing Mother's Day in his class.  He said his teacher...
Posted by David Logan
05/04/2010 at 01:05 PM
The RWU Law community enjoys a steady stream of terrific speakers, and this is especially the case in our signature programming areas, Marine/Environmental Law, Public Interest Law, and International Law. A late semester speaker touched on all three areas: Barry Hill is currently the Senior Counsel for Environmental Governance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of International Affairs. Jackie Rolleri, President of the Environmental Law Society; Susan Farady, Director, Marine Affairs Institute; University President Dr. Roy Nirschel; Barry Hill; Dean David Logan Prior...
Posted by David Logan
05/04/2010 at 10:00 AM
For the second consecutive year, the RWU Quahogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the 27th annual University of Virginia Law Softball Invitational.  In the opening game, in front of a cast of thousands, or at least 200, the Quahogs lost on a walkoff homerun against UVA Blue 10-9, overcoming a UVA 1st inning that featured five straight home runs.  According to pitcher and co-captain Bobby Self, "I knew what I was doing."  The rest of pod play featured a 33-0 win over Penn and a defeat of NYU 24-1.  In the playoffs, the team beat Vermont 18-2 and then...
Posted by David Logan
04/30/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service is the hub of public interest activities at RWUSOL, and it has been an eventful spring semester. The APIL Auction was held on February 26th, and it turned out to be a smashing success. Students, faculty, staff, judges and lawyers mingled at the elegant Federal Reserve in Providence. The event raised over $17,000 to support students who will work at public interest jobs this summer. Auction proceeds supplement the $50,000 provided by the Law School and University President Roy Nirschel for these valuable, hands-on experiences. Last year, 28 students...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/29/2010 at 08:39 PM
It is hard to believe that the Class of 2012 was attending orientation only 9 months ago, although it seems as though it were 9 weeks or 9 days ago. We have spent a great deal of time learning points of law, sweating through the Socratic method, and fielding one set of exams (not to mention legal writing assignments). Throughout this process we have also made lots of friends, and had excellent times with one another. Even with the exuberance of being finished with classes, there are still two hurdles looming to the summer, final exams and the law review competition. As with last semester, and...
Posted by David Logan
04/26/2010 at 09:57 AM
The Diversity Symposium Dinner is a unique program that brings lawyers, judges, law profs, and law students together with minority high school and college students for an evening of discussion on important legal issues.  The event is a key part of out “pipeline efforts,” exposing young people from underrepresented populations to the possibility of a career in the law.  Last week’s program, our 7th, was sold out, with the largest number of high school attendees ever.  Many thanks to Lydia Hanhardt, our Director of Diversity, and Lorraine Lalli, our Dean of Students, for...
Posted by Hala Furst
04/25/2010 at 12:15 PM
When you graduate from law school, you do so in regalia. Regalia, in turns out, means a long black robe with purple velvet panels, a "hood", which is actually more of a cape, covered in the colors of your school (blue and gold, in RWU's case), and a tam. A tam is a black velvet, wide, UFO-like hat with an affixed golden tassel. While the point may be for us to look dignified, I find it impossible to believe that the result of tam and robe-wearing will be anything less than a bunch of ludicrous, Facebook-worthy photos.  Yet I love my tam. When I picked up my regalia I was Christmas-...
Posted by Regina Curran
04/25/2010 at 11:03 AM
This is truly hard to believe...on Monday at 4pm I will be done attending classes for the foreseeable future. Despite taking some time off between undergrad and law school this is the first time I will finish a year of school with no set plans to start again. It is both exciting and overwhelming. In the next month I will submit my graduation writing requirement paper, take a few finals, pack up my apartment, start my bar prep classes, GRADUATE, and move my stuff to a new state! Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it. As I was sitting in my first class at RWU Law in August 2007 I hardly...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
04/23/2010 at 11:23 AM
I remember back to the days where I didn't know what being a law student actually entailed.  I was so excited about everything.  The new way of learning, the new material, the new professors; meeting my new classmates - basically I was excited about anything and everything that had to do with being in law school.  (You can ask anyone that knows me about how much of a geek I was - I even read "How to Succeed in Law School" books while vacationing in Greece the summer before my 1L year.) Boy, those were the days.  The days where I was blissfully ignorant of the way being a...