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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
04/26/2016 at 11:40 AM
This law school values diversity and inclusion.  Our commitment is based on three shared principles: First, we believe that the more diverse the law school community is, the more our students will grow intellectually and personally.  Race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status, for example, are not perfect proxies for the way a person thinks, but in a law school, where so many of the issues we discuss involve questions of social policy, the most meaningful discussions are those among people from different backgrounds who have different...
Posted by Vanessa Rodriguez
04/19/2016 at 10:32 AM
Each semester at RWU Law, two of the school’s great clinical programs schedule classes to bridge the gap between major legal areas. The Immigration Clinic, directed by Deborah Gonzalez, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, directed by Andy Horwitz, come together to learn how the various aspects of these practices areas intertwine. Both clinics are run out of the Providence Downtown Campus and hold classes to learn more about the substantive law surrounding the clinic practice areas. There are some major differences between the areas of Criminal Law and Immigration Law, the most important being...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
04/12/2016 at 02:27 PM
RWU Law is very excited to present the seventh installment in its biennial Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture series this week.  This lecture honors the memory and legacy of our nation’s first African American United States Supreme Court Justice. Our featured speaker this year is famed Harvard professor, Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.  Dr. Banaji has done pioneering work in the area of implicit bias and is one of the architects of the Harvard Implicit Association Test (“IAT”). ...
Posted by Julia Wyman
04/05/2016 at 12:06 PM
MAI Graduate Jobs! When I meet with prospective students interested in marine affairs, they often ask me what kind of jobs our graduates have.  It’s a great question and one that I love answering.  Our graduates can be found all over the country working in diverse marine affairs jobs. Some of our graduates leave RWU Law to work at top-ranked admiralty and maritime focused law firms.  Two graduates of the class of 2015 are part of that group.  Patrick O’Connor can be found at Hill, Betts, & Nash, LLP in New York, New York.  During his time at RWU Law, Patrick was a...
Posted by Diana Hassel
03/22/2016 at 05:02 PM
The drywall is up, the paints are being applied, and the furniture is ordered for the new RWU Law Experiential Campus in Providence at One Empire Plaza.    Beginning in June 2016, the law school will have a newly built-out and expanded space to house its Law Clinics, conduct Clinical Externship seminars, and offer an increased array of experiential and doctrinal courses.  Our four In-House Law Clinics – Business Start Up, Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Veterans Disability Appeals – will all have offices on the fourth floor of One Empire Plaza.  Classes and meetings for...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
03/04/2016 at 12:22 PM
[This blog was cowritten with ASB coordinator, 2L Trevor Bernard.] The Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB) all started back in 2006, when RWU Law students traveled to New Orleans to offer assistance to those affected by the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. The Program was initially started by the School’s Association for Public Interest Lawyering (APIL) and focused on providing general community service. It has developed into an elaborate, year-long process that focuses on placing students in pro bono organizations aimed at helping those who have traditionally not been able to afford legal...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
03/03/2016 at 11:47 AM
On March 3, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims became the third court to hear live arguments this year at RWU Law. Here are some photos from the event: The Court and the Lawyers Students Enjoying the Court's Q&A Session A Full House The Lawyers Relax After Argument   The Court and Lawyers Field Questions Getting Informal Advice from the Judges and Law Clerks Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island Director of Veterans Affairs                                    ...
Posted by David Coombs
02/24/2016 at 12:03 PM
The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) will sit at the Roger Williams University School of Law on Wednesday March 2.  The Court will hear oral arguments in Robert Chisholm v. Robert McDonald, CAVC No. 15-1594.    If the name of the petitioner sounds familiar, it’s for good reason.  Mr. Chisholm is one of the founding partners in Chisholm, Chisholm, and Kilpatrick (CCK), a Providence, Rhode Island law firm with a national practice and reputation for representing disabled veterans in the CAVC and the Department of Veterans Affairs.   Last year, CCK and RWU...
Posted by Tanya Monestier
02/09/2016 at 02:11 PM
In January 2014, I taught Conflict of Laws for the first time at RWU Law.  As part of my preparation, I encountered what seemed to be a throwaway sentence in a study aid that said something to the effect of, “Some courts have held that registering to do business in a state subjects a company to general jurisdiction.”  My first response was, “What? That can’t be the case.”  But I dug a little deeper and discovered that, in fact, that was the case.  Many courts have held that the act of registering to do business and/or appointing an agent for service of process constitutes...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
02/03/2016 at 07:47 AM
At RWU Law we are proud of our leadership role in legal education. We have taken unprecedented steps to make law school more affordable, we continue to develop new and exciting programs, and we deliver in the classroom.   Still, it is always nice to get some external validation, and we have been getting plenty of late. When national media outlets and professional organizations praise our people and programs it makes it easier for us to get the word out that RWU Law is different from other law schools in ways that make us the best choice for most applicants.  Recently, for...