Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by David Logan
03/25/2013 at 12:26 PM
Day 3 dawned bright and clear for the last leg of our Civil Rights pilgrimage to Alabama, ground zero for the struggle to win the right to vote for all Americans. Our goal: follow Rep. John Lewis across the same bridge where 48 years earlier Alabama police brutally attacked him and 600 peaceful marchers trying to bring national attention to the lack of voting rights for Black southerners.  On the bus, the anticipation of the annual “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge was palpable.  Along the road from Montgomery, Betty Mae Sykes pointed out the desolate stretch of...
Posted by David Logan
03/22/2013 at 09:57 AM
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a project of the Association for Public Interest Law and is completely student driven and organized.  This year, student leaders Marcus Swift and Tracy Harper organized ten week-long law-related public service projects.  Rather than relaxing during spring break this year, 39 students participated in public service projects at organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. The pro bono projects were diverse – ranging from working on capital defense cases to researching the Clean Water Act to...
Posted by David Logan
03/14/2013 at 12:53 PM
Day 2 was spent in the Alabama capital of Montgomery, in many ways the most significant place in the Civil Rights Movement.  This is where a courageous seamstress Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a public bus that kicked off the year-long Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which tens of thousands of ordinary citizens protest continuing segregation in public life.  http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/press-pahttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-usa-rosaparks-idUSBRE91Q18L20130227st/2013/02/04/remembering-rosa-parks-on-her-100th-birthday It was in Montgomery where a young...
Posted by David Logan
03/11/2013 at 11:32 AM
At the invitation of my congressman, Rep. David Cicilline, I travelled to Alabama for the 13th Faith in Politics Congressional Pilgrimage, an amazing opportunity because so many pivotal events transpired there exactly 50 years ago. It was a dream come true for me, especially getting to spend time with one of my heroes, Rep. John Lewis, who as a Freedom Rider and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was arrested more than 40 times, beaten many times, and who has stood for everything good about America for his 73 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lewis_(U.S....
Posted by David Logan
03/06/2013 at 12:53 PM
A trademark of a RWU Law education is the opportunity to work closely with leading lawyers and judges in a broad array of settings.  Here are just two examples from this semester…. First, Sarah Bratko (’13): This picture was taken during the Judiciary Hearing on a bill to legalize gay marriage in the Rhode Island. The Judiciary Committee eventually approved the bill and on January 24, the House passed the bill.  Governor Lincoln Chaffee testifies, Sarah is third from the right This was the second day of my public interest externship with the Speaker of the House of Reprentatives...
Posted by David Logan
03/04/2013 at 01:54 PM
Few situations present greater challenges to the legal system than trials over the sexual abuse of young children when, often by necessity, the children are witnesses in the case. Abusers take great care to keep their conduct as secret as possible, and in many instances there are no witnesses to the sexual acts except the children themselves. Even when physical evidence confirms that sexual abuse occurred, it does not always identify the perpetrator. The stakes in such cases can hardly be greater. The law has a powerful interest in convicting the guilty, who are often caretakers – parents,...
Posted by Michael Rekola
03/01/2013 at 03:20 PM
Law school is a tedious journey, not for the faint of heart.  Law school is more akin to marathon then anything else I can think of and if you allow me to continue the metaphor, hopefully I can provide some insight. A few years ago, I thought “wouldn’t it be great if I ran a marathon”.  I mean what a big personal accomplishment that would be.  I would feel like king of the world. I’d be able to put those 26.2 bumper stickers all over my car, and I’d even get a cool medal to showcase in an office one day.  But before I dove into training, I did some research first.  In...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2013 at 11:05 AM
Dean Logan is in Alabama all weekend on the 2013 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage sponsored by the Faith & Politics Institute.  Follow @RWULaw on Twitter to hear Dean Logan's experience. Congressman John Lewis and Dean Logan at the beginning of thisweekend's events in Alabama. To learn more about the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage watch this video from last year's events:  
Posted by David Logan
02/26/2013 at 12:12 PM
One of the lingering effects of the bursting of the housing bubble has been banks deciding that a building they own is not worth fixing up, a problem especially prevalent in older, poor and working class neighborhoods.  The resulting blight, in turn, puts further downward pressure on the value, and quality of life, of the neighborhood. This troublesome topic was the focus of a segment on “Marketplace,” the National Public Radio that covers the economy last week.  http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/sometimes-even-banks-want-walk-away-home It turns out that RWU Law’s own...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2013 at 05:40 PM
RWU Law is very proud of the pro bono activities of our students, both during the academic year and over summers.  Building on the amazing work of the “Student Hurricane network,” where law students from around the country helped the Gulf Coast rebuild its legal systems post-Hurricane Katrina, RWU Law is now active in “Alternative Spring Break;” instead of kicking back for a week of fun in mid-March, 44 of our students will be fanning out from Massachusetts to Louisiana to help non-profit organizations: Bronx Defenders  (Bronx, NY) Brooklyn Defender Services ...