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Posted by Ed Weiss
07/21/2015 at 09:22 AM
One of the great benefits of being a law student and being trained in the critical disciplines of a legal approach to problem-solving is that all doors remain open to you in terms of your career path and progression.  This is true upon graduation, after taking (and passing!) the bar, after serving in a judicial clerkship or, frankly, at any time along one’s progression over the years as a lawyer at a firm, a business and for those engaged in public service.  Today more than ever, businesses, companies and enterprises of all kinds truly value the ability to problem-solve and exercise...
Posted by Bruce Kogan
07/08/2015 at 08:08 AM
“Why do you do this?” is a question that I am often asked in the midst of a contentious mediation.  When two people (or two groups of people) are experiencing significant differences – significant enough that their dispute has either found its way into court or has risen to the level that both sides recognize that they are stuck in a conflict spiraling out of their own control – it is only then that a judge may refer them to mediation (or that the parties or their counsel request that a mediator get involved). This is where I come in. My job is to try to see if my intervention as a...
Posted by Diana Hassel
06/24/2015 at 10:07 AM
Plans are well underway for the RWU School of Law’s expanded presence in downtown Providence.    The four-story building at One Empire Street will be devoted almost exclusively to Roger Williams University use and will be ready for occupancy a year from now – June 2016.  The fourth floor of One Empire Street will become the center for RWU law’s experiential learning opportunities.  Furniture is being purchased and paint colors chosen for the offices of our in-house clinics: Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Business Start Up.  The Feinstein Center will also be...
Posted by David Logan
06/16/2015 at 11:38 AM
In a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Providence Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse. The changing complexion of society is occurring on the national level, as well, and has manifested itself in shocking stories from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., to Baltimore, forcing us to face the reality that many of our fellow...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/01/2015 at 09:49 AM
Monday, May 11th began a week-long celebration of the graduation of the Class of 2015, culminating in commencement exercises on Friday, May 15th.   Monday’s event was a reception for the class at the Glen Manor House in nearby Portsmouth.  It was a beautiful evening, the gardens were showing unmistakable signs of spring, and the views of the Sakonnet Passage were as breathtaking as ever.                      Casey O’Brien ’15, Winner of the Marine Affairs Achievement Award and...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/20/2015 at 10:26 AM
Having served 22 years in the Navy before coming to law school, some habits die harder than others. One thing that we always stressed during my time in the Navy was filing a Post Exercise report – or “Post-Ex” for short – to let everyone know about what happened during an exercise and think ahead to the next time that event would be held.  So now that Alternative Spring Break 2015 is in the record books, I just wanted to take a second and file a Post-Ex to let you know how it went.  This year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) was our largest ever with 58 students participating in 17...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/11/2015 at 10:02 AM
The innovation continues at RWU Law. We were one of the first law schools in the country to require pro bono service for graduation. We are home to the nationally recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, which connects lawyers, community organizations, and law students to provide free legal services to indigent clients. We were one of the first law schools in the country to guarantee each student a substantial clinical experience. We are one of a few law schools in the country with a corporate counsel externship program that places students each semester in the general counsel’s offices of major...
Posted by Swapna Yeluri
05/05/2015 at 12:00 AM
The events and destruction in Baltimore over the past week triggered a lot of difficult emotions within me. I am an attorney in the city, advocating for underprivileged youths and veterans. Last October I was attacked in the same inner-city neighborhood where I work, day in and day out, trying to help the community.  I contacted the police and received no assistance at all.  The experience left me angry and bitter – not just toward the police, but also toward the individuals in the community.  Coming to terms with that incident and my reactions to it has been one of the...
Posted by David Zlotnick
04/27/2015 at 04:29 PM
RWU Law’s D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program provides an ideal opportunity for RWU Law students who are considering working in Washington D.C. after graduation to explore and plan for their future – by offering an entire semester spent earning on-the-job academic credits. The program immerses students in one of the most exciting, diversified and still-growing legal markets in the world. They earn academic credit while training full-time in a government, non-profit or trade-association setting. The students themselves are the program’s biggest fans. “I have thoroughly enjoyed...
Posted by Andy Horwitz
04/21/2015 at 05:40 PM
I joined the faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law just over 20 years ago because I saw that the school was dedicated to a very special mission.  The law school’s founders understood then what so many other schools have started to see now: that experiential education is a fundamental and critical part of a law school education.  Understanding the law is, of course, the foundation upon which all else is built.  But unless and until one has started to put that foundational education into practice, one has hardly begun the transition to becoming an effective lawyer....