Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by David Logan
02/19/2014 at 05:30 PM
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow http://law.rwu.edu/blog/harvard-law-dean-martha-minow-delivers-thurgood-marshall-memorial-lecture and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.) This year’s talk was given by Randall Kennedy, the Klein Professor of Law at Harvard, who served as Justice Marshall’s law clerk before he joined the Harvard faculty. And what a talk it was! A dynamic speaker, he shared fascinating stories that most of the...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2014 at 08:47 AM
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.  We sent two teams to the competition, sponsored by George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and RWU vanquished the competition, which included more than 2 dozen teams from across the country, from Utah (Brigham Young), Texas (Baylor), the Midwest (Minnesota and Notre Dame), to a slew from up and down the east coast: Florida State, GW, Georgetown,...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2014 at 09:25 AM
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research. To help RWU Law students prepare for “research in the real world”, the RWU Law Librarians developed the Prepare for Practice program: nine librarian-led classes supplemented by four online training classes. Classes cover legal research using...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2014 at 03:06 PM
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power. One of the important voices in this struggle for judicial independence is our own Professor (and Dean Designate) Michael Yelnosky, who played a key...
Posted by David Logan
01/30/2014 at 12:24 PM
For the past nine years, RWU Law has commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of activities, including a keynote speech, inspired by the life of the great civil rights leader. This year we were delighted to host the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge from New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Judge Rivera was a terrific guest, and in her formal remarks reflected on the importance of public service in general, and the role of lawyers in helping our society move closer to the vision of equality of the Declaration of Independence and Dr. King in...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2014 at 05:11 PM
As RWU Law celebrates its 20th anniversary http://law.rwu.edu/20th-anniversary, it is unsurprising that our graduates are taking important positions of leadership across Southern New England. From the RI Attorney General (Peter Kilmartin) and the mayors of Fall River (Will Flanagan) and New London (Daryl DiFinzio) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/class-2005-yields-pair-mayors, to Susan Pegden, the chief advisor to the Speaker of the RI House of Representatives http://law.rwu.edu/story/pegden-08-tapped-chief-counsel-slot, RWU grads are not just in the news but also influencing the lives of millions...
Posted by David Logan
01/21/2014 at 01:50 PM
One great thing about a judicial externship with the Honorable Dennis Curran from the Massachusetts Superior Court, is that RWU Law students never know what in addition to observing lawyers and trials will come their way. Last year, they helped Judge Curran prepare a major study of compensation for judges in the Commonwealth, which helped the legislature in its consideration remedial legislation http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-law-students-help-important-study-judicial-compensation-massachusetts; http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/judicial_pay_in_massachusetts.html Then, last...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2014 at 01:58 PM
As you probably know by now, RWU President Donald Farish this week made two major announcements that in many respects will shape the coming years at RWU Law. First, he announced that Professor Michael Yelnosky will replace me as Dean at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. In my view (and in the view of literally everyone I have spoken to) this is an inspired choice. Michael is totally ready for the job: as one of the founding members of our faculty, he has taught many of our alumni and current students, worked closely with his colleagues on the faculty and Senior Staff as the Associate Dean...
Posted by Kasey Doeing
01/15/2014 at 03:05 PM
  After two glorious weeks of Christmas break, the spring semester here at RWU Law has officially started.  I’m not quite sure there is anything more difficult than attempting to get back into school mode after a small glimpse of freedom.  But alas, I must fight the urge to watch another episode of Cake Boss on Netflix and crack open my Civil Procedure book once again.   I have heard from several attorneys and former law students that the transition between first semester and second semester of the first year is one of the toughest.  Let’s face it, I’m still trying to...
Posted by David Logan
01/13/2014 at 04:35 PM
When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum. He also took advantage of the unique opportunity to be a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, where he researched legal issues associated with hydroelectric power in Rhode Island, and the issues faced by Maine fishermen who want to...