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Posted by Regina Curran
04/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
This past weekend a group of 2L honors students had the opportunity to take a trip to Washington DC. As part of the US Supreme Court Cases class we attended arguments at the Supreme Court, met with Justice Alito and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and toured the Capital building. We prepared for the trip by reading the briefs for Travelers Indemnity Co. v. Bailey and then hearing about the finer points of this bankruptcy case from Professor Chung. It was very interesting to see the Justices who’s opinions we have read listen and react to the arguments presented. It was also great to see the...
Posted by Regina Curran
03/05/2009 at 01:00 AM
It seems like I just turned around and it was March. I don’t know if its job searching, the two three day weekends we had, or just longing for summer, but spring semester feels faster than fall.  This weekend is Barrister’s Ball (or law prom as we sometimes call it) and then in a week and a half we’ll be off for spring break. The semester has thus far presented numerous unique opportunities to meet lawyers and politicians from around the state. In February I had the opportunity to attend the opening of the Latino Policy Institute at the Roger Williams Providence campus. The LPI was co-...
Posted by Hala Furst
02/12/2009 at 01:00 AM
This past weekend I travelled with five other Moot Court Board members to Regent University in Virginia Beach to participate in their National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. We sent two teams, each team consisting of two oralists and one brief writer. For my team, made up of 2Ls, it was the first time any of us had competed outside of the in-house RWU competitions like the 1L Mini Moot and the Esther Clark Competition. Not knowing what to expect, we prepared incessantly, knowing that you can never really anticipate all of the questions a judge will throw your way. We made a strong...
Posted by Regina Curran
02/10/2009 at 01:00 AM
As of December 19th I, along with my fellow 2L’s, am now half way done with law school. My first response when someone reminds me I’m half way done is pure elation, at 25 I’m excited about the prospect of FINALLY being done with school. However my second response resembles something more like fear, school is all I know and finishing means making decisions about where to go from here. Seems like as good a time as any to (1) remember what brought me to law school in the first place and (2) figure out what to do next. I came to law school after a brief (8 month) break from undergrad where I was...
Posted by David Logan
01/09/2009 at 11:00 AM
Matt Jerzyk, a Brown-educated union and community organizer, came to Roger Williams Law in the fall 2005 on a “Leadership Scholarship.” That investment has turned out to be a very wise one, as reflected on the front page of a recent edition of the Providence Journal, which identified Matt as one of eight Ocean Staters to watch in 2009. (Matt was in pretty amazing company: the article also profiled Senator Jack Reed and Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman.) A recent Brown Daily Herald article also profiled Matt. While a student at RWU Law Matt developed Rhode Island’s most successful...
Posted by Hala Furst
01/07/2009 at 01:00 AM
The month of January derives its name from the Roman god Janus, depicted always as a man with two faces, one looking ahead, and the other behind. It is fitting that this is the month that marks the halfway point for me between the beginning and end of law school. With a year and half under my belt and a year and a half to go, I’m amazed at how my life has been changed, mostly for the better. In the past 18 months I moved halfway across the country, met some of the best friends I have ever had, lived through some of the most difficult challenges of my life thus far, and set foot on a total of...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
12/23/2008 at 01:00 AM
So it’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and now that exams are over, I can take a breath!  It’s hard to explain what exams are like, but I’ll do my best to give you an idea… It’s like running a marathon on an unfamiliar course, where you know you just have to keep going until you reach the end, but you’re not sure where the end it, or how to get there.  You prepare for the first exam, familiar with the material and the general format, but not at all certain what it will really look like, and how much information you’ll need to complete it.  Then there are the little stressors:...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2008 at 01:00 AM
At the request of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Associate Professor John Chung testified on the complex problems associated with personal bankruptcies, a pressing issue given the deepening recession. The other witnesses at the hearing were Prof. Robert Lawless from the University of Illinois School of Law, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Small, and John Rao from the National Consumer Law Center. Click here to see the text of Prof. Chung’s written comments and here for the coverage of the hearing from the Providence Journal.    
Posted by Hala Furst
12/08/2008 at 01:00 AM
I look up from the books and it is December 8th already, two days to my first final as a second year student. I can’t believe how quickly this semester has gone by, and I know that I have been remiss in my duty to this blog. But honestly, I haven’t been able to catch even half a breath over the past 4 months. From the time I returned from Europe and starting writing my brief for Moot Court, it has all been one big blur. Traveling to DC for Equal Justice Works, spending a weekend in New Orleans working on passing the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act, arguing in front of the Rhode Island Supreme...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
11/08/2008 at 01:00 AM
I can’t believe how quickly this semester is flying by!  Once the Memo was in, the catch up game began!  It is very easy to fall behind if you’re not careful.  It starts with missing the readings for a particular day, and snoballs into hours of catch up reading over the weekend.  Even if you “skim” the cases to get by in class, you still have to go back and read, brief, and make sure that you understand the material for exams.  Well, this is just the situation I am in!  The memo assignment kind of took over, and now I am realizing how out of shape my outlines are...