Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Brynna Gang
03/07/2011 at 04:35 PM
Spring is almost here! The first few days of relatively warm weather and sun are so precious I feel a little superstitious commenting on them. Today however feels different! It is sunny and gorgeous and warm and…I am sitting at my desk reading Property cases. Oh law school. Second semester is so much different than first. This may not seem related to my first rant about spring but trust me it relates. First semester you spend the first month or two walking around in a daze looking up every other word in a legal dictionary. I have vivid memories of learning the meanings of “statue” and “common...
Posted by William Wray
03/01/2011 at 12:10 PM
I'm off to Newark this Friday for a 'Representation in Mediation' competition. Newark probably wouldn't be my top destination city, but I have heard it's a lot like New York. Phonetically.   Important ways in which it differs:   1. Its streets are not what dreams are made of; 2. there is much that you can't do.   Mediation is a form of Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which is a fancy way of saying “anything that costs less than court.” Mediation makes a lot of sense for most clients, but less so for many lawyers. Lawyers are prone to seek out weaknesses in the other side'...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
02/22/2011 at 01:17 AM
A few of the big questions coming into law school are "Will my relationship last?" or "Should I date while in law school?" Each person and situation is different so there is no answer that is going to apply to every person. A lot of this depends on the commitment level you have towards that other person and their commitment level towards you; that really seems to be the key to making or breaking your relationship during law school. Law school is a lot of pressure and it takes up a lot of your time, as do relationships. So what did I do to help answer this question? I contacted different...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
01/10/2011 at 08:21 AM
My Christmas break has been wonderful so far.  I have spent a lot of time relaxing, spending time with my kids and family, and getting my house back in order (although with kids, that doesn't last very long!)  I have also been cooking a lot more lately, which is a nice change to frozen food.  Today, I am leaving my parents house (the kids and I have stayed here for the past four days) and heading home.  It's always nice to get away, but I usually enjoy my return home.  We are meeting up with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in a long time and then who knows what...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
12/28/2010 at 10:23 AM
  The stress of exams is over.  The stress, though fun, of cleaning the house and hosting Christmas is over.  Taking down the ornaments and the Christmas tree couldn’t be a better metaphor of my much-needed decompression following finals.   Law school exams are really a pain.  They are stressful. Unless you have a midterm or intermittent assignments, your entire grade rests on one final exam at the end of the semester.  I had one take home that took me 12 hours, another 8 hour timed take home exam, and 3 in-class 3 hour exams.  And now we wait until January...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
12/02/2010 at 08:00 AM
This semester has been insanely busy, but I have absolutely loved every minute of it and would do it all over again if I could. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to litigate to take the criminal defense clinic. Working with clients and being in court is so much more fun and real than sitting in a classroom reading case law. It will also help you make the decision whether criminal defense work is for you. I have always said I would never want to do defense work, and even though it's relatively minor crimes we are dealing with, I've had a little bit of a change of heart. =) As for...
Posted by William Wray
11/30/2010 at 01:15 PM
To make up for my extra-long absence from the internets, this'll be an extra-long blog post. I recommend that the reader breaks his/her reading up into smaller fragments, taking breaks for coffee, fresh air, and less sesquipedalian prose.   I'm writing now from the Student Commons, which is mostly an undergraduate building. Though RW undergraduate students somewhat resemble RW law students, the distinction is obvious to a learned observer: The undergraduates lack that haunted, dead look to their eyes, a characteristic common to corpses and end-of-semester law students.   I eschewed...
Posted by William Wray
11/11/2010 at 08:38 PM
I won't improve upon this: PRESIDENT REAGAN: "Secretary Weinberger, Harry Walters, Robert Medairos, reverend clergy, ladies and gentlemen, a few moments ago I placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and as I stepped back and stood during the moment of silence that followed, I said a small prayer. And it occurred to me that each of my predecessors has had a similar moment, and I wondered if our prayers weren't very much the same, if not identical. We celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/29/2010 at 09:37 PM
I’m in court a lot lately with the criminal defense clinic, so suits have been my almost every day attire. Since I’m wearing them more, I am beginning to notice the difference in the way people treat you when you have a suit on compared to when you don’t. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say “you” since this is really my own experience, so I should say that I get treated differently depending on whether I wear a suit or whether I have jeans and a t-shirt on. For example, my parents and my brother live in Carver, Mass. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s kind of in the middle of nowhere. Famous...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
10/18/2010 at 08:53 AM
It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog, and what better time then the end of a long Sunday of work when I’m too tired to keep reading, but not to blog?  Second year sure is busy, but I’m enjoying it all!  This year you can choose some electives.  The required courses for the fall are Constitutional Law and Evidence.  My electives are Immigration, Legislative Drafting and Wills & Trusts.  I find the substance of these courses pretty interesting and I feel lucky to have such top-notch engaging faculty teaching me. This time of year is also very busy because I’m...