Student & Alumni Blogs

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...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
10/17/2010 at 09:51 PM
Wow, it has been a little bit since my last blog entry, and for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath my return to the blogosphere, thank you for your patience! :)  The first week of October was nuts, with my sister's wedding, my own one-year anniversary of my marriage, and my birthday, mixed in, of course, with layers and layers of coursework.  Since I spend my weekends preparing for the week and doing all of my readings then, it is really difficult for me to take time off on the weekend to do anything but coursework, but I gave an exception for my sister's wedding...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/14/2010 at 09:45 PM
North Dakota: In an attempt to rob a bank, a man scribbled his ransom note and gave it to the teller. The teller quickly gave him the money and watched him run out the door. Attempts to search the surrounding area were unsuccessful, but upon review of the ransom note, it was revealed that the man wrote the demand on the back of his personal bank deposit note. Police traveled to the man's home and arrested him while he was counting the cash. South Carolina: A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/08/2010 at 05:51 PM
It's a Friday at 5:21 p.m. I'm still at school, sitting at my desk wondering how much longer I should work for. It's not my weekend with the kids, so I always feel guilty if I leave early because I like to try to get as much done as possible when they are not home. That way, it makes life a little more sane when they are. Since I'm having trouble concentrating, I decided to write about what I have been up to lately: Criminal Defense Clinic: We are now officially in full force. Everyone is busy and everyone has court almost weekly. Greg Rosenfeld, another student in the clinic, represented...
Posted by Peter Eraca
10/06/2010 at 11:00 PM
Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner. When you work for certain governmental bodies, you need to be careful about “lending the influence of the body” to your words/actions, so I made the decision to refrain from writing about my summer position until it concluded. Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working in the chambers of the Honorable Cecelia Morris, United States...
Posted by William Wray
10/05/2010 at 07:32 PM
Today in torts class we discussed the conditions under which the law states that an individual has an affirmative duty to act. Generally speaking, we don't have a legal duty to act to help one another.   To illustrate this, Professor Logan described the hypothetical scenario in which someone knocks on your door and informs you that by donating a mere $1, you can save a starving child's life, guaranteed. He also described a situation in which a lone bystander to a car accident simply walks by without helping the afflicted or calling for those who can. In both situations, there is no legal...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
10/04/2010 at 08:01 AM
This past Saturday I tried to forget the fact I am in law school and had a ton of work due on Monday and enjoy life. After my youngest son’s football practice, my parents, my kids, and I drove up to a local corn maze. Unfortunately, right before we got there, my daughter got sick, so my mom and her went back to my parent’s house. But all the boys and I continued on to get lost within the corn. We did good staying together for about 10 minutes, but then the boys got antsy and ran off ahead. I figured, “Hey, how much trouble could they really get into? We’re lost in a corn maze.” About 15...
Posted by John Pell
09/30/2010 at 04:44 PM
Actually, lunch was provided. One of the things I love about law school is actually not provided by the law school. It's the clubs. Specifically, the Federalist Society. This group puts on the best talks, often during the lunch hour, and often with Panera Bread providing sandwiches. So, lets recap: (1) great talks; (2) free lunch. Need I say more? Ok, I will. The talk I attended yesterday was on the role of international "law" and foreign laws in the interpretation of the US constitution. The talk itself was as good as could be expected for a 30 minute primer on a vast subject, but...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
09/27/2010 at 09:40 PM
It has been pretty easy to get into the groove of being in school again after being out of school for five years now.  It helps that the RWU campus is so beautiful, as being able to see the water and smell the salt air in between the intensity of classes really helps clear the mind.  RWU is situated on a little slice of beautiful RI coastline, and I make it a daily routine of mine to go down to the koi pond on campus and sit for a bit to get some serenity. My schedule is a little hectic as I am sure all of my fellow classmates can attest to.  I am up at 4:30, run my dog for 45...