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Posted by Mikéla Almeida
11/24/2015 at 05:25 PM
The Esther Clark Moot Court Competition is an intra-school appellate advocacy competition for new Moot Court Board members. Every fall brings an intense and engaging event – not only for the competitors and Board members, but also for the RWU Law administration, faculty, and legal community members who attend and participate in Esther Clark oral arguments. This year, fifteen competitors individually prepared an appellate brief and conducted oral arguments before panels of local attorneys and judges. Because RWU Law has a wonderful and close-knit relationship with the Rhode Island legal...
Posted by Olabisi Davies
11/12/2015 at 11:17 AM
It's hard to believe that several months have now passed since I spent the summer interning at Bronx Defenders (BXD) in New York! Now that the cold weather and early sunsets are fast making winter a reality, I am remembering my summer experiences with gratitude. Working with BXD was such a blessing – and one that ended on a high note, as I gave the closing argument at a fact-finding hearing on my final morning on the job! Again I feel truly blessed that, over the course of my law school journey so far, I've been afforded the opportunity to intern with phenomenal organizations and supervising...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
11/04/2015 at 05:17 PM
Women in Robes is a Women’s Law Society’s annual event that brings together the students of Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Judiciary. This year’s Women in Robes took place on October 22, at DeWolf Tavern, here in Bristol.  With attendance growing each year, this was one of our most successful events yet, with a total of 90 attendees. This included judges from the Rhode Island Family Court, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island Worker’s Compensation Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition to the esteemed members of the...
Posted by Christopher Gerlica
10/27/2015 at 10:00 AM
On June 26 of this year the Supreme Court of the United States made history by legalizing marriage equality nationwide. Prior to the Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage had been governed by a patchwork of state laws. Unfortunately for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, many vital issues beyond marriage – involving family law, domestic violence, transgender rights and federal protections – are still obscured by a confusing mishmash of local laws. The Beyond Marriage Equality Symposium on October 30th is meant to address these...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/19/2015 at 10:26 AM
Alumni weekend this year ran from Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27.  The kick-off event on Thursday was the latest installment in the Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series.  We were proud to host Gigi Sohn, Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  Her lecture was entitled, “Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: The Role of the FCC."   Ms. Sohn discussed the many (but underappreciated) ways in which the FCC regulates to protect consumers as they increasingly interact with television, phone, and cable service....
Posted by Peter Margulies
10/07/2015 at 10:20 AM
Cybersecurity is a major growth area in the law, as well as a central challenge for policymakers, corporate managers and ordinary citizens. Knowing about threats to private, business, and government data and how to reduce those threats is an essential part of the toolkit for today’s law students and lawyers.  RWU Law has recognized cyber’s importance with a new Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Cyber Security (JD/MSCS), and on October 16 the school will host a dynamic conference: Cybersecurity and Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge. The program features U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon...
Posted by William Smith
09/30/2015 at 10:22 AM
As a result of its status as Rhode Island’s only law school, Roger Williams University School of Law has developed a close relationship with the bench and bar of the State. Similarly significant, however, is the law school’s productive relationship with the federal courts.  This relationship affords RWU Law students numerous opportunities throughout the academic year to observe the work of and mingle with federal judges and attorneys who litigate frequently in the federal courts.   Here are just a few examples of what a law student can expect to see or do during his or her time at...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
09/23/2015 at 09:06 AM
In the fall of 2009, Roger Williams University School of Law inaugurated its Immigration Clinic -- and there can be no doubt that the work done there has helped many immigrant families from all over the world, changing their lives for the better. A recent example: On August 3, 2015, one of the Immigration Clinic’s first clients, Guinea native Amie Toure, finally reached her American Dream and was sworn in as a United States Citizen.   This outcome would not have been possible without the help and hard work of the various student attorneys who worked on her case, as well as that of...
Posted by Veronica Paricio
09/08/2015 at 10:06 AM
At Roger Williams University School of Law, we have a vigorous public interest program.  This summer, 27 students were awarded summer stipends to enable them to work in unpaid public interest jobs, literally all over the world.  What follows are some of the observations they shared from the field ... MARC PERLMAN Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA "I am working at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) this summer as an investigator for the Housing Unit. I investigate housing discrimination claims and draft dispositions. In these...
Posted by Lorraine Lalli
08/25/2015 at 10:22 AM
When I joined the RWU Law administration in 2005, I brought a unique perspective as an alumna. Having graduated in 2001, I was familiar with the RWU Law student experience. I already knew the faculty and most of my new colleagues.  Most importantly, I was fully invested in the future success of the law school and our students, based on our shared experience. This fall, three alumnae are coming home to RWU Law to join me.  Drawing on their own student experiences and their outstanding legal practices, they will lead our flagship experiential programs to provide our students with...