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Posted by David Logan
12/11/2013 at 03:12 PM
The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork. Next step: the RI Bar Association can now...
Posted by David Logan
12/06/2013 at 12:43 PM
One of the great opportunities for RWU Law students is their chance to develop lawyering skills under the close watch of leading trial judges. This year is no exception as Superior Court Justice Stephen Nugent presided over the final trial at the end of a semester of instruction from fellow Justice Dan Procaccini, in his courtroom! 3Ls Leticia Tavares, Angelo Catanzariti, Sharlene Rossi, and Marcus Swift were the student advocates. Judge P’s bottom line: “Both Justice Nugent and I were very impressed with the professionalism, preparation and passion displayed by these students. They are a...
Posted by David Logan
12/03/2013 at 12:07 PM
In June we were saddened to learn of the death of David Rice, who was a valued member of the RWU law faculty from 1997-2012. David was a multi-talented man, who had the rare ability to keep reinventing himself professionally. After a distinguished career at Columbia Law School and a plum clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, David held tenured positions at Boston University and Rutgers-Camden, before coming to Roger Williams. David’s academic specialty was Commercial Law, but he also helped adapt the Uniform Commercial Code to the world of electronic...
Posted by David Logan
11/26/2013 at 05:34 PM
Going into 2013, RWU law students already had a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, but we have recently added two very popular options: our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program (where students do transactional work at leading regional employers (like the Boston Red Sox, Textron, and CVS) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-launching-our-new-house-counsel-externship-program and our Community Economic Development Clinic. The Clinic is directed by Professor Gowri Krishna, who ran a similar clinic at Fordham and Michigan Law Schools. The...
Posted by David Logan
11/25/2013 at 12:14 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of the young stars of the RWU Law faculty, Michael Burger, has received recognition for his excellent writing. Michael was recently awarded the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship for his article "Environmental Law/Environmental Literature" in the leading journal Ecology Law Review. The award was presented at West Coast Rhetoric Scholarship Workshop at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. It should be no surprise that Michael would be recognized for his excellent writing: in addition to his exceptional academic performance at Columbia Law School, and...
Posted by David Logan
11/22/2013 at 12:06 PM
One of the most active student groups on campus is the Military Law Society (MILLAW), and two recent events underscored their high visibility in the building. The first was a career panel, cosponsored by MILLAW, the Maritime Law Society, and our Office of Career Development, which brought to campus military lawyers from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Joining the panel was a representative from the Department of the Navy’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS). Students were exposed to the different areas of law that each branch focuses on and...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
11/20/2013 at 11:06 AM
One of the most important, and underrated, pieces of advice for aspiring law students is quite simple: be selfish.  Now, before you make your assumptions, give me a chance to explain.   With finals right around the corner (EEK!), my time has become more precious than ever.  My “To-Do” list never seems to get any shorter, my apartment has unfortunately not learned to clean itself, and there are simply not enough hours in the day.  This means that I have to make some sacrifices.  Instead of spending two hours on the phone with my grandma, we limit ourselves to a half...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2013 at 02:39 PM
After a career working for a nuclear defense manufacturing company, Jenna Wims Hashway’s father died from lung cancer.  Now his daughter has taken steps to shine a light on the health issues associated with the industry and the federal program designed to help those workers and their families. Here is a link to the initial story, published in the September/October RI Bar Journal and here is a link to the front page story that appeared in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle. Hashway was valedictorian of the RWU Law class of 2011 and is currently serving as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the...
Posted by Tom Peterson
11/16/2013 at 01:24 PM
            It is hard to believe that it is already mid-November and we are almost done with the semester!               The loss of daylight savings time is a bummer because now it gets dark here in Bristol long before I head home and when I wake up in the morning it is also dark.  Winter is just around the corner and I am hoping for a relatively mild one so the commute between Lincoln and Bristol won’t be too bad.  I actually enjoy the trip home on most evenings—it gives me a chance to reflect on the day...
Posted by David Logan
11/14/2013 at 11:22 AM
The Clark Moot Court Competition is the flagship internal competition at RWU Law, and we are proud of the long tradition of having the final round judged by not just real judges, but by the entire Rhode Island Supreme Court. This year was a special treat, as the Court hosted the competition in its beautiful formal courtroom. And the Court and a standing room only audience were treated to a terrific final round, pitting Dan Reilly, representing a woman seeking asylum, against the United States government, represented by Sydney Kirsch. The student advocates were remarkably well prepared,...