Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Michael Hartley
02/03/2013 at 02:04 AM
When I was applying to law schools, I saw these blogs written by students and wished that a student would write about their law school experience. Now I am a law student who has a blog and I thought it would be fitting to write my experience of law school so far. Before coming to law school, everyone tells you how busy you will be and how much reading and studying you will do. This is not a lie but, it is not completely true either. The workload is intense but, at least as I have experienced as a 1L, the workload is more than manageable. So far, I have been able to manage everything and have...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
01/31/2013 at 01:46 PM
With spring break 2013 on the horizon, I have been feeling nostalgic about my wonderful experiences from spring break 2012. Last year, I participated in an Alternative Spring Break Program, interning with United Mountain Defense (UMD) in Knoxville, Tennessee. This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting Tennessee’s watersheds, air, mountains, and people.  The trip proved to be an amazing life experience that was not only educational, but also fun. This is not to say that I did not have some serious reservations going into this trip. For starters, a 30-hour round-trip drive was...
Posted by David Logan
01/30/2013 at 04:17 PM
Here are some pics from gatherings of enthusiastic alums in Rhode Island, New York, and Washington, D.C.   Rhode Island LAA Holiday Reception Jenna Wims Hashway ’11, David Oliveira (Adjunct Professor), Professor Jorge Elorza Laura Frechette ’04, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Officer, Rob Humm ’08 (LAA President), Jillian Jagling '09 (LAA Secretary/Treasurer) Stephen Maguire '96, Nancy Voccola, Michael Voccola ’97 Adjunct Professor Anthony Leone ’97, Mark Gemma ’97 (RWU Law Board of Directors), Michael Field ’97 (RWU Law Board of Directors) Kate Kishfy ’12, John Stickney ’12, Stephen...
Posted by David Logan
01/25/2013 at 09:51 AM
Over the semester break, one of the stars of the RWU Law junior faculty, Susan Heyman, had a rare treat: visiting the chambers of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as part of a delegation of law professors from across the nation.  The occasion was the presentation of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Women in Legal Education, reflecting Justice Ginsberg’s contribution to the evolution of the law in a career that has included law teaching, litigating on behalf of women’s rights, a decade as a judge on the...
Posted by David Logan
01/22/2013 at 01:33 PM
RWU Law is lucky to have one of the country’s leading academic experts on Domestic Violence, Emily Sack.  She had a distinguished academic career before entering teaching (J.D., New York University; M.A., Columbia University; M. Phil., Columbia University; B.A., Swarthmore College) and worked at the ACLU and the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, before joining the RWU Law faculty in 2001. Professor Sack's work on the topic has appeared leading journals at Northwestern, Wisconsin and Washington universities, and even cited by the Supreme Court of the United States (Castle...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2013 at 09:49 AM
Liz Tobin Tyler recently shared her expertise about Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) at a national conference at Northeastern Law School and in a week-long visit to Australia. On November 2nd, she spoke on a panel entitled, “Health and the Human Rights Framework in Practice” at the Institute on Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health sponsored by Northeastern's program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.  The Institute featured health and human rights scholars and practitioners from across the country. Liz then traveled to Australia where she met with leaders from legal...
Posted by Sam Clarke
01/09/2013 at 03:57 PM
A lot of people ask what a typical day is like for a law student.  What follows is a fictional, but highly representative typical school day for me.  It is absolutely riveting.   7:00 a.m.         Alarm goes off. 7:27 a.m.         I crawl out of bed. 7:35 a.m.         Quick stop at Bristol Bagel Works for coffee and breakfast to go.  Alicia, who works behind the counter, asks me if I just rolled out of bed.  I mutter something incoherent at her. 7:46 a.m. ...
Posted by Natosha Chason
01/09/2013 at 02:59 PM
The majority of the people that you speak to about law school will tell you the same thing, “It’s hard, but worth it.”  As a 1L, it’s difficult to imagine this.  We all know law school is going to be hard.  If it wasn’t, then everyone would be there, right?  However, hard takes on a whole new meaning once you’re a law student.  You learn that sleep is not always a necessity, that studying on a Friday/Saturday night is completely normal, and that it will all “make” you even if it breaks you (and yes, I did break down in a hallway crying during finals, but I wasn’t the...
Posted by David Logan
01/09/2013 at 09:54 AM
Being the only law school in a state yields RWU students many benefits, regardless of whether they choose to remain in RI after graduation, and this past semester is proof why: Students got to interact with leading jurists; United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spent a whole day with students http://law.rwu.edu/blog/another-supreme-opportunity-justice-samuel-alito-rwu-law-v-1 and http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-alito%E2%80%99s-day-campus-v-2 Legendary United Sates Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya taught his trademark course “Lessons of Litigation,” while Federal District...
Posted by David Logan
12/19/2012 at 04:34 PM
The 2012 bar exam cycle proves once again that a Roger Williams legal education is a great springboard to a successful career.  In our three key states, our graduates exceeded the state averages for first-time takers on the July exams, achieving a 90% pass rate in CT, and an 86% pass rate in RI and MA. And, in the states that release comparative data, RWU grads surpassed our regional peers: For a complete list of the July results by law school visit http://www.mass.gov/bbe/statisticsjuly2012.pdf. For a complete list of the July results by law school visit http://www.jud.ct.gov/cbec/...