Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by David Logan
04/25/2014 at 12:07 PM
Now in year nine, RWU Law students gave up a spring break of hanging to learn how the law works in the real world by participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Sponsored by our Association for Public Interest Law, this year’s effort was ably headed by two dynamic 2Ls, Danielle Dufault and Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, and saw RWU Law students honing their lawyering skills at: • Bronx Defenders (Bronx, NY, Public Defender) • Brooklyn Defender Services (Brooklyn, NY, Public Defender) • Clean Water Action RI (Providence, RI, Environmental Law) • Committee for Public Counsel Services (Fall River...
Posted by David Logan
04/23/2014 at 04:34 PM
RWU Law was an active participant in the RI Urban League’s annual Community Debate. This terrific event, hosted by Brown University, brings urban youth from around the state, pairs them with volunteers from the community, and gives them experience in public speaking via an informal debate tournament. Co-chaired by Congressman David Cicilline and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, RWU Law provided deans (Logan and Lalli), students (Nicole Verdi, Marcus Swift, and Erlin Rogel), and alums (Angie Cooper, Dionney Garcia, and John Dorsey) to the effort. Congratulations to the student competitors...
Posted by David Logan
04/22/2014 at 11:31 AM
I am pleased to announce the newest addition to our already broad array of experiential education programs http://law.rwu.edu/feinsteincenter/experiential-learning - the RWU Law Washington, D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program. This program will immerse RWU law students in one of the most exciting and diversified legal markets in the world. Under the direction of Professor and former Associate Dean David Zlotnick, RWU Law students will spend a spring semester in Washington in a full-time placement in a government, non-profit, or trade association setting. While in D.C., students will gain...
Posted by David Logan
04/18/2014 at 05:14 PM
RWU Law has a tradition of celebrating the accomplishments of graduating classes in a ceremony that begins with the wail of bagpipes, a long line of graduates, faculty, and staff processing past very proud family and friends http://law.rwu.edu/blog/commencement-2012-v10 and the opportunity to hear from leading judges and lawyers in a Commencement Address. In recent years the speakers have included Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, legendary federal judge Jack Weinstein, and Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Shirley Abrahamson. This year is no exception, as...
Posted by David Logan
04/17/2014 at 09:09 AM
We are glad to support the many public-interest oriented students drawn to RWU Law, and this year, once again, a talented group from all three classes journeyed to snowy New Hampshire for the 27th Annual Robert Cover Retreat, which brings together dozens of law students and Public Interest lawyers for idea-sharing and networking. Here are comments from 3L Andrew Rogers and 1L John Ryan-Henry and below that some pics from this important event: Every winter aspiring and practicing attorneys congregate in wood cabins surrounded by miles of forests, lakes and hills for the Robert M. Cover Retreat...
Posted by David Logan
04/16/2014 at 05:15 PM
Without doubt, one of the most beleaguered institutions in the United States is the National Collegiate Athletic Association. From the threat of athletes unionizing http://grantland.com/features/northwestern-ncaa-college-athletics-union/, to defending claims that it improperly took advantage of the intellectual property rights of athletes http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140220/ed-obannon-lawsuit-proceeds-to-trial/, to harsh critiques of the commercialization of college athletics http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/sports/ncaabasketball/financial-rewards-of-ncaas-...
Posted by David Logan
04/08/2014 at 05:44 PM
I am delighted to announce that my former Research Assistant, Luis Mancheno, has been selected for a position with the Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) in New York City. This new initiative brings together some of the most promising recently-minted lawyers who are meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation. http://justicecorps.org/ Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the IJC brings together the country’s most talented junior advocates, connects them to New York City’s...
Posted by David Logan
04/04/2014 at 04:24 PM
An annual tradition at RWU Law, initated by our former Career Services Dean Tony Bastone, is Women-in-Law Day.  Past speakers have included Sarah Weddington, who argued Roe v. Wade http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Weddington and Susan Blakely Smith, a leading author on women in the legal profession http://bestfriendsatthebar.com/. This year we were honored to host Professor Paula Monopoli, a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Law and Founding Director of the Women, Leadership & Equality Program. Professor Monopoli had a busy day: lunch with...
Posted by David Logan
03/31/2014 at 03:24 PM
Last week was the last session of a remarkable class available to RWU Law students: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s "The Role of the Senate in American Government". Here is how he described the course in his syllabus: “This class is designed to foster an understanding of the Senate as an institution, within its surrounding contexts of constitutional structure, political combat and human character.” Among the topical stops were separation of powers, the Senate’s unique operating features (including the filibuster, cloture, and "unanimous consent”), and regulatory capture. The Senator also...
Posted by David Logan
03/28/2014 at 09:24 AM
In March 1964, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the Warren Court vindicated the watchdog role of journalists in the seminal case of New York Times v. Sullivan. Fifty years later, an impressive group of lawyers, judges, academics and working journalists gathered at RWU Law to discuss the case’s enduring impact and legacy. Two panels – one focused on legal theory, the other on journalistic practice – agreed that no contemporary U.S. Supreme Court case has done more to define modern freedom of the press. Capturing the spirit of contemporary reaction to the decision, Professor...