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Posted by Tom Peterson
03/09/2015 at 11:44 AM
Members of the RWU Law’s Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) started Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during spring break 2006, as an opportunity to assist those recovering from the devastation caused when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. Since its inception, ASB has continued to grow every year.  In its first year, there was just one placement and a handful of dedicated students. Now, in 2015, it has grown to 17 placements in eight different states with 58 student participants.  Many of our supervising attorneys are RWU Law alumni. The program is funded by a...
Posted by Kathryn Thompson
03/02/2015 at 10:40 AM
Excellent lawyers are committed to lifelong learning; our craft requires it.  Whenever a new client walks into a lawyer’s office, that lawyer faces a new challenge. This challenge always includes new facts to learn, and a new problem to solve. This problem may add a new wrinkle to a familiar area of law, or may require the lawyer to become familiar with an entirely new area of law, or both.    Training students to learn the skills needed to represent these future clients, and to confidently embrace the unique challenge that each client’s problem raises, is at the heart of...
Posted by Emily Sack
02/24/2015 at 10:00 AM
On the evening of January 15, 2015, Oklahoma prisoner Charles Warner died by lethal injection, shortly after the Supreme Court denied his application for a stay of execution.  Warner had also filed a petition for certiorari, in which he argued that the lethal injection protocol used by Oklahoma violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Eight days after Warner was executed, the Court granted the petition for certiorari in his case.   How could the Court refuse to stay a man’s execution and then, just a few days later, agree to hear the merits of his...
Posted by John Ralston
02/17/2015 at 11:36 AM
In recent years, our administration and faculty have worked hard to enhance the school’s practical and experiential learning opportunities in an effort to help our students become practice ready by graduation.  We now have six clinical externships, three in-house clinics, and even a Semester in Practice Program, which allows students to immerse themselves in a semester-long work experience during the second or third year of school.  These changes have required flexibility by all members of the school’s faculty and staff, including those of us in the Academic Success Department....
Posted by Carl Bogus
02/05/2015 at 11:07 AM
The nation needs the kind of debate it had during the 1912 presidential election. Believe it or not, one of the principal campaign topics involved antitrust law. All four candidates – Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, and Eugene Debs – spoke about antitrust on the campaign trail. And the public listened with keen interest. There was then strong public sentiment that gigantic corporations, then called “trusts,” were harming the nation. The two leading candidates, Wilson and Roosevelt, offered different solutions. Wilson argued that giant corporations turned rugged individuals...
Posted by Jared Goldstein
01/26/2015 at 01:00 AM
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, I’ll be interviewing Donald Verrilli, Jr., the Solicitor General of the United States, in an event that’s been billed as a “Fireside Chat.” Those looking to find warmth in these winter months may be disappointed that there will be no actual fire, only a lot of chat. Since I have no experience doing public interviewing, I’m guessing that I was chosen because in 1996, in my first real job as a lawyer, I had the good fortune to work as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. The Solicitor General is responsible for all litigation on behalf of the...
Posted by Laurie Barron
01/20/2015 at 11:36 PM
Our annual Public Interest Auction is right around the corner – on January 30th at the Providence Biltmore! It’s a one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed.  Each year we bring together our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the Providence legal community for an evening of elegance that celebrates our students and alumni dedicated to serving low-income and disenfranchised communities in New England and around the country.  The event raises funds for RWU Law’s many public interest programs, including our Public Interest Summer Stipend Program, Alternative Spring Break, and...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
01/12/2015 at 10:39 AM
The week of January 19-23, 2015 marks RWU Law's 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, a time during which the law school observes the many contributions of Dr. King (and others) to the Civil Rights Movement.  As in past years, multiple events and activities have been planned for this year's celebration week. On Monday – the King Holiday – members of the RWU Law community will join Rhode Islanders at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.  This popular community breakfast is attended each year by hundreds of Rhode Islanders who gather not only to...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/23/2014 at 12:58 PM
On December 19th, the RWU community gathered at One Empire Street  to announce the signing of a lease that will provide the School of Law with more, better, and new space to pursue its mission.  We were joined in the celebration by Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, a long-time supporter of the School of Law, and Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza, who was a member of our faculty for almost ten years before his election in November.  The new building will serve as the hub of our experiential education programs and permit our students to continue to provide access to justice to Rhode...
Posted by Kimberly Ahern
12/15/2014 at 03:26 PM
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges attending.  It has been a long-standing tradition that attendees are asked to bring a gift to donate to the annual Toys-for-Tots toy drive and this year was an overwhelming success with two large bins full of toys donated!  Thank you to all the attendees who generously donated a toy this year.    In addition to this being the first Holiday Reception with Dean Yelnosky at the helm...