Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Michael Rekola
02/11/2013 at 04:52 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 12:11 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...
Posted by Amber White
02/05/2013 at 03:44 PM
The first thing I noticed about RWUSOL upon coming here was the warm reception I received.  From day one, the school was very accommodating-- whether it was helping me register for classes or making sure that I had secured housing.  It definitely made me feel like the school was happy to have me. My first semester at RWUSOL I spent mostly immersed in my studies and getting used to my new school.  My classes were pretty hard that semester, but the professors were happy to answer any questions I had. It was easy to just drop in for office hours.  This semester, one of my...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2013 at 12:38 PM
For years now, RWU law has placed students in fantastic externships with the top lawyers, judges, and government and nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/publ; http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/judi Now we add to this already rich array the chance to work with the top corporate lawyers in the region, in our recently launched In-House Counsel Externship Program. Through this program,...
Posted by Michael Hartley
02/03/2013 at 01:04 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 12:46 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 03:17 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 08:51 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 12:33 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 08:49 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...