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Posted by David Logan
12/03/2013 at 11:07 AM
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 04:34 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 11:14 AM
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 11:06 AM
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 10:06 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 01:39 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 12:24 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 10:22 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,...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2013 at 01:42 PM
Perfect weather and numerous activities marked Alumni Weekend 2013, part of our 20th anniversary celebration. Below are pictures from… • A reception at Aidan’s, hosted by our own Betty Anne Waters (’98) • “Founding Fathers (and Mothers)” program, and the unveiling of a new plaque in our atrium, honoring our founders, deans, and transformational philanthropists • a cruise on Narragansett Bay • a RWU WaterFire, that brought out the stars, and • our annual Law Alumni Golf Tournament, with 100% of the proceeds going to scholarships for students.
Posted by Mike Muehe
11/05/2013 at 11:03 PM
        “GAM. NOUN- A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats’ crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.” - Herman Melville, Moby-Dick         One of the most impressive things I’ve seen while at RWU Law is the number of networking events put on for students. Whether a club brings in a guest speaker, offers to pair you up with a mentor, or even just holds a...