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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/17/2016 at 12:54 PM
Last Sunday, when the scope of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando began to emerge, I sent the following email to the student body: Tragically, once again Americans are mourning the loss of life caused by a senseless act of gun violence, this time apparently directed at members of the LGBTQ community.  We mourn the loss of life and wish the hate would go away. In addition, it is important that we – as lawyers and future lawyers – remain committed to the principle of equal justice for all and put our skills to work in pursuit of a more peaceful future for all. Since then,...
Posted by Eliza Vorenberg
06/07/2016 at 11:37 AM
The Pro Bono Collaborative celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 26 with balloons, confetti, birthday cake, bubbly and lots to brag about (see photos from the event below).  A small piloted program initiated in 2006 with a part-time Director, the PBC emerged from its first year with three unique pro bono projects involving three law firms and a handful of law students.  Now, ten years later, the PBC has facilitated 56 projects, engaged 26 law firms and over 130 private attorneys. Launched in response to the national crisis in legal services for the poor and the overwhelming need...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/31/2016 at 02:10 PM
Commencement Week at RWU Law always begins the Monday before commencement at the Glen Manor House.  We had a beautiful night for the festivities as the Class of 2016 gathered on May 9, 2016 to celebrate with faculty and staff.  An awards ceremony kicked off the evening: Law Review Editor-in-Chief (Casey Charkowick), President of the Moot Court Board (Mikela Almeida), SBA President (Kyla Pecchia), Dean’s Academic Achievement Award (Jennifer Iarocci), Public Interest Award (Olabisi Maroofat Ashabi Davies), Pro Bono Collaborative Award (Rita Nerney and Judah Rome), Kathleen...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/03/2016 at 11:18 AM
One hallmark of an RWU Law education is our remarkable connection to the bar, the bench, other branches of government, and businesses – both profit and non-profit.  During a student’s three years at the law school this means unparalleled externship opportunities, superb adjunct faculty, and programs that regularly bring leaders in the bench, bar, government, and business to the law school.  These connections also translate into increased market power for students when they graduate and enter the job market.  Having interned for a federal judge while in law school, for example...
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...