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Posted by David Logan
12/11/2008 at 12:00 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 12:00 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 12:00 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...
Posted by Hala Furst
11/03/2008 at 12:00 AM
Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to present oral argument in front of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. A fellow classmate and I had made it to the final round of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition, presided over by the five top legal minds in Rhode Island. Needless to say I was nervous. I’ve performed in theatrical productions all across the country, asked a question of the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, sung the National Anthem, but nothing was as nerve-wracking as this experience. People kept telling me, “oh, but you’re used to being in front of a crowd.” Sure I am....
Posted by Kelly Bennett
10/19/2008 at 11:00 PM
This weekend was one of those weekends; that’s right, the things that law school legends are made of.  I’m pretty sure that I haven’t had anything more than coffee to drink for the last few days; anything I’ve eaten has been straight off of the “what not to eat” list of just about any diet book, and I’m still in the pajamas I wore to bed Friday night… so yes, it’s been one of those weekends. This weekend was the infamous weekend before the legal Memo is due.  The MEMO is the bain of all first year law students, that first assignment that leaves you racing against the clock while you...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/12/2008 at 11:00 PM
I just returned from Washington DC and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair and Conference. DC is great. Whether you spend time in hip Adams Morgan, gentrified Georgetown, up on the Hill or at Dupont Circle, there is always something going on. It is a young city, with very few lifers. People come from all walks of life to work with, against, or beside the federal government, and it makes for an amazing mix of cultures. Not many are really from DC, but the steadfast few that are wear their city pride like a tattoo. It is a city built on power and influence, and if you can trade either you might...
Posted by Hala Furst
10/04/2008 at 11:00 PM
If the first year of law school is the frightening sprint down a dark and blind alley, the second year is a long, uphill slog, carrying baggage you didn’t even know you had. The job search, which at times can seem like an exciting look into all the possibilities that a law degree can offer, and other times seem to be an exercise in self-destruction, is incessant. The work load is intense, with the very dense subjects of Con Law and Evidence topping off whatever electives you have picked. The safe harbor of your section has been ripped asunder, as everyone goes about their days in a new,...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/19/2008 at 11:00 PM
Orientation seems like it’s a million years away! In just a few short weeks, we’ve begun classes, made friends, and gotten waist deep in law school!  While professors remind us that we are in the “walk” phase, I’m a little out of breath!  Work in law school is very different than work in undergraduate courses:  it requires much more careful reading, thinking beyond the text, and asking the tough questions, like “what if” and “what does this mean?” Most of what we are doing is reading and briefing cases, and trying to come up with what the courts say the rule is when dealing...
Posted by Hala Furst
09/14/2008 at 11:00 PM
Meta-Studying So as I lay on my futon, reading a literal mountain of cases, watching Raising the Bar on TNT, I realize two things: 1. Zach Morris needs a better hairdresser, and 2. I have gone through the looking glass. Just as Grey’s Anatomy somehow made the drudgery of spending hours on end covered in other people’s blood, never sleeping, and generally becoming emotional train-wrecks sexy for medical students, so this show attempts to make the grueling hours spent pushing along the machinery of the criminal justice system seem “hot”. I’m not entirely convinced, but that might just be...
Posted by Kelly Bennett
09/07/2008 at 11:00 PM
Orientation is over, and classes have gotten underway; but before I get into that, I’d like to tell you a little bit about orientation, and what you can expect. Orientation brings with it so many mixed emotions-- excitement that all the hard work of studying for and taking the LSAT, filling out applications, writing application essays, and figuring out what you want in a law school, have finally culminated in this moment; uncertainty about what law school will be like, if all the stories you’ve heard will prove true, whether everyone will be smarter than you, whether the work load will be too...