Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by David Logan
12/18/2012 at 05:54 PM
Our own Professor Carl Bogus has achieved national prominence on Second Amendment issues. He has testified before Congress, published widely in top academic journals, appeared on National Public Radio and in USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, and the Providence Journal.  This week he is being cited in the conversation raised by the massacre in Newtown. The “Constitutional Law Prof Blog,” featured “Carl Bogus on Second Amendment Constitutional Scholarship”: Here is the link
Posted by David Logan
12/13/2012 at 12:07 PM
On a faculty of distinguished scholars, RWU law is especially lucky to have Peter Margulies, who since 9/11 has become one of the country’s most prolific and respected scholars in the area of National Security. His high profile is affirmed by the recent publication of "National Security Law in the News," by the American Bar Association and Northwestern Law School, which contains his chapter on the federal law barring "material support" of terrorism. I also am proud to announce recent projects by alums...
Posted by David Logan
12/10/2012 at 02:13 PM
Held just two weeks after the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, RWU Law’s 9th Marine Law Symposium tackled the legal implications of climate change on ocean and coastal communities. Shifting Seas:  The Law’s Response to Changing Ocean Condition brought together an unprecedented array of leading legal practitioners and scholars, scientists, and planners from across America, and even an Arctic expert from Norway! Nearly 200 attendees, including several participating via webinar, spent two days considering the many ways that existing laws and policies are and will be challenged as the...
Posted by David Logan
12/05/2012 at 05:31 PM
The results are in and the class of 2012 passed the July 2012 Rhode Island bar exam at a record-breaking clip of 88%!  This brings the pass rate for all first-time RWU takers in Rhode Island (combining the February and the July administrations of the exam) to an impressive 86%, easily surpassing the state average of 81%.  Bottom line: RWU alums continue to set the bar for their peers! Below are pics of some justifiably proud alums (and their friends and families) from the swearing-in ceremonies held at the Rhode Island Supreme Court last week.
Posted by David Logan
11/30/2012 at 01:55 PM
Once again, the law school fully participated in the ABA’s Pro Bono Celebration Week with an inspiring speaker and recognition of the incredible array of student public service work and pro bono activities through our signature program, The Pro Bono Collaborative. Akin Adepoju (RWU Law ’04), from the Federal Defender’s Office in Pittsburgh, spent a day on campus talking with students, staff and faculty about his death penalty work. His day started with a breakfast co-sponsored by the Feinstein Institute, the Association for Public Interest Law, the Criminal Law Society, the Multicultural Law...
Posted by David Logan
11/26/2012 at 05:42 PM
Well the 2012 Esther Clark Moot Court competition is in the books, and the crowd at the finals this year was treated to an excellent, very close match-up between 2Ls Antonio Viana and Thomas Pagliarini. The competitors deftly handled a firestorm of questions raised from the Rhode Island Supreme Court, making relatively bloodless preemption issues actually interesting.  The justices later commented that besides the excellence of the advocacy, the final decision was “very close” (actually a 3-2 split decision) in favor of Antonio. The competition is endowed by the family of Esther Clark, a...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 01:42 PM
The crown jewel of moot court is the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored for over 60 years by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Virtually every law school in America participates in a regional, with upwards of 1,000 competitors, so most law schools send their best competitors, and the regionals are the first stop on what can be a journey to NYC for the championships in the spring. I am delighted to announce that...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 09:52 AM
The RWU Law Military Law Society (MIL) conceived and directed our first-ever Veterans Day Celebration.  On a stunningly beautiful fall afternoon, dignitaries including U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline, and RWU President Dr. Donald Farish were in Bristol to celebrate those from Roger Williams Law who have, and are, serving.  The ceremony had 3 purposes.  First, to honor a beloved member of the RWU Law family, Adjunct Professor Bill Coffey, who served in the Navy 1962-65.  Bill suddenly passed away over the previous weekend...
Posted by David Logan
11/15/2012 at 04:03 PM
The roof was raised recently when the RWU Chorus and the Prism of Praise Community Gospel Choir gathered in the University’s Global Heritage Hall for an evening of soul-stirring gospel music.  The students, led by Chorus Director Jonathan Richter, enthusiastically performed three numbers before Prism of Praise, one of the real treasures of the Ocean State, took the stage for an hour of truly uplifting music, which had the whole place singing, swaying, and enjoying fellowship. The remarkable event  occurred due to the efforts of Deborah Johnson, the terrific Director of Diversity and...
Posted by Michael Hartley
11/15/2012 at 12:46 PM
We all had to take a lot of steps to get to law school.  This opportunity for us means a missed opportunity for someone else.  We can easily lose sight of that especially with our final memos being due in a week and exams being right around the corner.  Don’t forget this because when things seem impossible you can think, “I was smart enough to make it here, and I am smart enough to get through (fill in the blank but the blank is probably exams).” I know this blog is coming very late in the semester but I think that is very symbolic of how this semester is going.  It is...