Student & Alumni Blogs

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 ...
Posted by Sam Clarke
02/18/2013 at 01:49 AM
Do you hear stories about the “Socratic Method”? The classic technique of teaching used in law schools across the country? Do you want to know what it’s really like? You could read about the Socratic Method on Wikipedia. Actually, that article is kind of confusing. Or you could read this, which is often what it ends up looking like.   ***   Class is about to start. I settle into my seat and shuffle through papers nervously.   “Who else hasn’t he called on?” I mutter to Allison. She gives a tiny shrug but her eyes stay on the professor. I start running through a mental list…...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2013 at 02:37 PM
I am delighted to announce that a team of RWU Law 3Ls -- Nicholas Nybo, Will Wray, and Juliana McKittrick – placed  4th in the National Moot Court Competition, the largest, and most prestigious appellate competition in the country http://www.actl.com/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutUs/AwardsandCompetitions/NationalMootCourt/default.htm.  Over 196 teams from 131 schools compete in regionals, and after sweeping through a New England field that included Northeastern, Suffolk, Boston University, Syracuse, Boston College, Maine, Vermont, and Western New England, http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-...
Posted by Michael Rekola
02/11/2013 at 05:52 PM
Over the weekend, us New Englanders got slammed by a storm named after a Disney cartoon character.  Although the weather service has stated that the Nemo was named for its Ancient Latin definition (“No one or No Man”), it afforded me the opportunity (or the pain, however you see it) to catch up on some of my classes like Federal Income Tax.  Although my house was luckily saved from various power outages and the freezing temperatures, I was snowed in with my law books, a package of Oreos, and our dog Monty.   Unfortunately many of my law school friends and fellow...
Posted by David Logan
02/07/2013 at 01:11 PM
For the fifth consecutive year, RWU Law alums were treated to a special professional honor: being admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  As in years past, alums and their faculty sponsor (this year Professor Emily Sack), plus friends and family toured the stately Court building posing for pictures in front of portraits of professional heroes.  We gathered for breakfast in the West Conference Room; everyone was abuzz over this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the reality really hit when the Clerk of the Court, General William Suter, dropped by to prepare...