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Posted by David Logan
01/20/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England). The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded the prestigious Deborah Rhode Award to Dean David Logan. The award was based upon a range of programmatic accomplishments in recent years, including securing funding for the...
Posted by Library Blog
01/19/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library subscribes to the Justis database to offer its patrons full-text access to all United Kingdom legislation in force or repealed from 1235 to the present.  Full-text statutory instruments are also searchable in Justis.  Statutory instruments set out detailed provisions under the authority of the enabling Acts of Parliament.  Coverage of the statutory instruments is from 1671 to present. These documents are available as pdf files. In addition, searchable articles in the Justis database contain press releases and announcements from most of the major government...
Posted by Library Blog
01/16/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library staff welcomes our incoming first-year students and returning students. We wish all a successful academic year. We are here to help you with your studies and research, so please do not hesitate to ask staff at the Circulation Desk or the Librarian on duty at the Reference Desk if you need assistance!  
Posted by Library Blog
01/11/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Law Library staff worked during the holiday break to improve off-campus access to the law school’s various research databases.  Changes no longer need to be made to your favorite web browser’s settings in order to access these databases.  When accessing a particular database from the WebCatalog or the law library’s web pages, you will be prompted at an Off-Campus Database Login page to type in your name and the barcode located on the back of your law school ID.  Should you receive an error message, contact the law library to verify that your patron record is up to date!...
Posted by David Logan
01/06/2010 at 01:00 AM
Late in the fall semester, Roger Williams University School of Law hosted its Sixth Annual Legal Career Options Day, and over 150 law students had the chance to speak with almost 60 attorneys in our Atrium.  Attorneys conducted table talk and shared information about their careers and employment options with their firms and institutions.  Career Services Dean Anthony Bastone once again recruited a broad cross-section of successful attorneys, manifesting the “versatility of the J.D. degree.” Our special guests included The Honorable Paul D. Stickney, Federal Magistrate Judge in the U...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow. Not that my break will be that relaxing. Unlike first...
Posted by David Logan
12/18/2009 at 01:00 AM
When I first met Hala Furst, at an admitted student function in the spring of 2007, I was impressed by her smarts and effervescence (plus cool “real world” experiences: an actress in California, a concierge in Minneapolis, and even work with MTV). I was delighted that Hala matriculated at RWU and I had the pleasure of teaching her Torts that fall.  An especially articulate participant on class discussions (and in the informal sessions I regularly have immediately after class, when questions and insights are freshest), I was not surprised to watch her become one of our top student...
Posted by David Logan
12/16/2009 at 01:00 AM
One of the most important developments in recent decades is the tens of thousands of women who have entered the legal profession.  This year, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating this sea change by providing a series of programs organized around the theme “Women Who Lead.” Our kickoff event was a speech by a most accomplished women lawyer, the Honorable Margaret Marshall, Chief Justice of the oldest Supreme Court in the Americas, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Our second event focused on some of the challenges and impediments that have meant that despite...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2009 at 01:00 AM
I am always happy to spotlight the advantages of being the only law school in the state, and here comes yet another: a top federal judge (who is also a member of our Adjunct Faculty) presided over a constitutional attack on a controversial approach to town/gown frictions.  The summary judgment hearing in University of Rhode Island Students vs. Town of Narragansett was heard in our courtroom and, to top it off, the judge and the lawyers held a Q&A session afterwards—a rare if not unique opportunity for students to get insiders’ perspective on litigation. When the bailiff cried “oyez,...
Posted by David Logan
12/08/2009 at 01:00 AM
I am glad to report that two members of the RWU Law faculty are playing important roles in continuing fallout from the reaction to the 9/11 attacks and the resulting challenge to both the civilian and military justice systems. Professor Jon Shelburne manages to find time in his busy academic schedule (besides teaching core courses, Jon is our Coordinator of External Forensic Competitions), and is now in trial at Camp Pendleton, defending a Marine officer in a court martial that alleges dereliction of duty for failing to adequately investigate allegations that soldiers he commanded had...