Student & Alumni Blogs

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...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2012 at 12:42 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 08:52 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 03:03 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 11:46 AM
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...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2012 at 11:49 AM
The Massachusetts Bar Examiners have released the results of the July administration of its bar exam, and, once again, RWU Law grads performed at a very high level, leading all regional law schools in the overall pass rate, as well as the pass rate for first-time takers.  Coming on the heels of a very high pass rate in Connecticut (“RWU Tops Regional Law Schools on Connecticut Bar Exam”) this is even more evidence that RWU Law gives its graduates the tools they need to succeed.  Here is a breakdown of the first-time pass rate for the regional law schools on the 2012 MA bar exam:...
Posted by David Logan
11/06/2012 at 08:59 AM
I am always proud of the accomplishments of members of the RWU Law community, but last week I learned of three remarkable ways that students honed their practical legal skills while helping the less fortunate. First up: a victory by students in our Immigration Law Clinic.  Luis Mancheno and Lipou Laliemthavisay, both 3Ls, appeared in Immigration Court in Boston, on behalf of a young Kenyan seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture, which provides refuge in the U.S. to those who can prove a danger of persecution or torture if repatriated; in this case the likelihood of...
Posted by Michael Rekola
11/04/2012 at 09:34 PM
Inspiration is a funny thing.  It can come a quick as lightning, be fostered by friends, or take years to strike.  Its no surprise that I am unaware of what my future holds.  I was never one of those law students who entered law school immediately knowing that the goal was to be a trial attorney, a professor, or even an in-house counsel.  So for my three years in school, I have strived to try all manner and facets of the law.  Some areas I have thrived in, like contract drafting, while others I have floundered at, like torts. Some opportunities I made the best of,...