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Posted by David Logan
10/21/2013 at 02:02 PM
They say “it’s a small world,” and an email I recently received proves that adage…. Luis Mancheno, RWU Law class of 2013, was just settling into his new job at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, when he came across a proudly-displayed poster for the movie Conviction. Here’s the connection: the movie recounts the gripping story of RWU Law grad Betty Anne Waters (class of 1998, and now a globe-trotting emissary for human rights), who devoted her life (including going to law school), to freeing her wrongfully-convicted brother.
Posted by Kasey Doeing
10/18/2013 at 08:52 AM
As I am sure you have heard, law school is a beast like no other.  The hours spent trying to piece together an intricate contracts case brief, anticipating being cold-called in your Criminal Law class, and agonizing over your semester-long memorandum assignment are among some of the most stressful times.  Being overwhelmed with law school is something to be expected by everyone, at least for the first semester.  But want to know something?  Nearly everyone at RWU Law wants to help you! My undergraduate school was comprised of less than 2,000 students.  At the time it...
Posted by David Logan
10/17/2013 at 04:40 PM
What a run for the RWU Law!  In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor). Justice O’Connor’s visit last week was especially meaningful; she broke the last glass ceiling of the legal profession when she was appointed to the High Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and many women came up to me during her visit to say just how meaningful it was...
Posted by Mike Muehe
10/17/2013 at 12:36 AM
A few weeks back, I experienced my first law school cold-calling. For the longest time, I heard of this teaching concept and tried to find ways to prepare. Upperclassmen, law school prep books, and lawyers all offered advice to endure the experience, but it’s hard to figure out just what to do until you’re actually put on the spot. Prior to law school, I was a terrible speaker in class. My heart would beat out of my chest, my leg might shake, and my voice might tremble, and after I answered, my heart would sink down to my stomach, even if I answered correctly. Some suggested that I treat...
Posted by David Logan
10/11/2013 at 04:47 PM
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates). Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:   The data reveals a pattern: RWU Law performed well ahead of the pack of ABA schools, with 3 long-established schools in the middle, and the newest school, UMass, well behind the field. Congratulations to our graduates for another stellar performance, and to the faculty and staff at RWU for laying the foundation for our students’ professional...
Posted by David Logan
10/09/2013 at 04:32 PM
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses. But like last year’s speaker, Frank Fahrenkopf (the head of the American Gaming Association), Schlichtmann has used his legal training to pursue a...
Posted by Tom Peterson
10/08/2013 at 03:35 PM
After a full career in the Navy, as I was preparing to retire, I would always get the question, “so what are you going to do after retirement?”  I was always proud to say that I was going to be attending Roger Williams University School of Law (whew… from here on out, RWU Law) and I would always be told, “Oh, so you are JUST going back to school…”  It always struck me as a little bit of an understatement, and it always seemed that they were implying that I was going to have all sorts of time because I was “just going to be in school.”  As it turns out, it was more than just “a...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2013 at 11:09 AM
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues.  This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU RWU Law faculty figure prominently in the Federal Court programming: Professor Michael Yelnosky on “How Do Federal Judges...
Posted by David Logan
10/03/2013 at 04:30 PM
RWU Law continues to expand the opportunities for its students to work as a lawyer during their third year of law school, preparing them to hit the ground running after graduation.  One recent addition is our In-House Counsel Clinical Externship, which enables a dozen students each semester to work in the legal offices of leading businesses in the region, including the Boston Red Sox and CVS. This semester we added another terrific experiential learning opportunity: our Community Economic Development Clinic, run by Professor Gowri Krishna, who came to RWU...
Posted by Michael Hartley
09/29/2013 at 02:23 AM
This analysis is to show 2Ls how far they have come from just one year in law schoo,l and to give 1Ls hope that the worst is near an end. Let's be honest, 3Ls won't be too interested in this analysis, expect maybe to see how right/wrong it is. After a solid month of being a 2L, there are many changes I have observed from 1L year. One is the workload. There is a substantial increase in the workload from 1L year. However, it feels as if there is a so much less work and so much less pressure as a 2L. For example,  if I had to read 50 pages in 1L year over a weekend for Monday I would feel...