Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Sam Clarke
01/09/2013 at 02:57 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 01:59 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 08:54 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 03:34 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/...
Posted by David Logan
12/18/2012 at 04:54 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 http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2012/12/daily-read-carl-bogus-on-second-amendment-...
Posted by David Logan
12/13/2012 at 11:07 AM
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.  https://apps.americanbar.org/abastore/index.cfm?fm=Product.AddToCart&pid=3550021. I also am proud to announce recent projects by alums...
Posted by David Logan
12/10/2012 at 01:13 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 04:31 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 12:55 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 04:42 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...