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02/18/2010 at 11:25 AM
  Well, I suppose it’s a little late in the game to enter the blogging scene, being a 2L and all, but I figured I’d give it the old college try. There are days where I’m sitting in my living room, contemplating finals even though it’s only October, and perhaps eating a sandwich, where I recall me decision to go to law school. I suppose the first time I gave my choice serious thought was during a career services meeting, where I was asked, point-blank, why I decided to come to law school. The answer, at that time, was quite simple, but I find it’s evolving with every minute I spend...
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 Library Blog
02/17/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Global Legal Monitor is an online publication of the Law Library of Congress.  It covers legal news and developments worldwide and is updated frequently.  Information contained in the Global Legal Monitor is derived from official national legal publications, press sources and the Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network.  The Library of Congress Global Legal Information Network is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, and judicial decisions. Articles in the Global Legal Monitor date back to 2006 and are searchable searched by topic,...
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...
Posted by David Logan
02/12/2010 at 01:00 AM
The results are in for the 2009 bar exams, and once again RWU Law grads performed at a very high level.   Of the 140 members of the Class of 2009 that sat for the July bar exam in our top five states (in order: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey), 129 passed at least one bar exam – for an overall pass rate of 92%. Our first time pass rate for the July 2009 bar exam for all graduates of RWU Law in these key states was equally impressive. 93%  Massachusetts    85%  Rhode Island     81%  New York  ...
Posted by Library Blog
02/10/2010 at 01:00 AM
A representative from CCH will be available in the Main Computer Lab on Wednesday, February 24 between 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to offer quick demos of and answer questions about CCH Intelliconnect.  CCH (Commerce Clearing House) has been a leading legal publisher since 1913.  CCH Intelliconnect provides numerous virtual “mini’ research libraries on a range of law topics that are handled by solo and law firm practitioners.  Under each topic, the researcher has access to the full text or summaries of pertinent statutes, case law and agency regulations and decisions as well as...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/04/2010 at 03:43 PM
I figure I should start this little writing journey by telling you about why I am in law school, and why I chose to spend the three years of my law school career at RWU.  Growing up, I wanted nothing more than to be a stay at home mom.  I wanted to be one of those barefoot, pregnant ladies that spent time cooking, cleaning, and playing with my kids.  Ok, maybe not so much the cleaning part, but I definitely wanted to be involved in my future children’s lives as much as possible.  However, life has a funny way of making you reconsider your options.   I was married...
Posted by Library Blog
02/04/2010 at 01:00 AM
During your study of courses your professors might mention or you might read references to the Restatements. The Restatements are a project of the American Law Institute.  Founded in 1923, the American Law Institute is comprised of leading lawyers, judges, and law professors who draft, discuss, revise, and publish the Restatements, model statutes and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures.  The Restatement sets are an attempt to provide a “restatement” of the general principles of the common law on various subjects such as agency, conflict of laws,...