Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/21/2010 at 08:01 AM
I have heard this phrase at least once almost every day that I have gone to school this semester, which currently is only about two days a week. My schedule this semester includes the Criminal Defense Clinic, so I go to Providence (where the clinic is located) two days a week. I have a class that starts on Friday so I'll be at school an extra day, but I do feel as though I'm missing out on all the extra activities (i.e. all the free food offered at student group meetings) because I'm not around all that much at the moment. I was looking through the schedule for next semester and I am...
Posted by John Pell
09/20/2010 at 05:06 PM
The Law Student "division" of the American Bar Association is hosting a "Leadership Conference" in Philadelphia, PA, this October. I'm going. As you can likely guess from the extensive use of quotation marks thus far, I'm not exactly the business-y type. I'm somewhat offended, actually, that our society rewards personal connections and networking contacts over pure merit. Sadly, that's a subject for my personal blog. What I'm talking about in this post is logistics. I need business cards. Where do I get them? What should they look like? What should I call myself on them? What sort of...
Posted by William Wray
09/20/2010 at 11:02 AM
“Conduct such as Texaco's is not made legal simply by protestations that the acts involved were, in fact, legal. All too often such assertions go unchallenged... and become accepted as the norm by default. Actions previously considered amoral somehow become clothed in respectability. Pennzoil's litigation challenges this mindless slip into acceptability. A contract is a contract. We used to say... business was done on a handshake. Should it now require handcuffs?” - Hugh Liedtke, summarizing the eventual theme of Pennzoil's lawsuit. I've just finished reading 'Oil and Honor' WSJ journalist...
Posted by Rachele Ciccone-Paquin
09/17/2010 at 11:44 AM
It is a rainy Sunday and I set up my canvas on my easel in my studio, unsure of what I will create but knowing that I need to be open to the possibilities that will flow forth as I place my brush to the blank canvas.  The only thing I am certain of is that I plan to have a showing of the new body of work created during this, my first year at RWU SOL.  This blog will be a record of my lifeʼs intersection between art and law, with some musings on meditation, yoga, eco-living and tattoos thrown in, for good measure. My easel is the one I used while an undergraduate at RISD.  I...
Posted by John Pell
09/16/2010 at 01:28 PM
I'm sitting here contemplating my position on the first day of the fourth week of my 2nd year; the day after labour day. Although one semester seems like a long time, and two is twice as long, law school goes by fast. I already need to be planning for summer internships and it's barely even September! I didn't intern last summer since I went on the London Study Abroad trip and needed at least some time for my wife (i.e., to travel to visit the in-laws). So, I'm feeling a bit pressured as to what to do with my 2nd (and last) summer of law school. The coursework itself, however, is much more...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
09/14/2010 at 11:36 PM
Almost one month has passed since my third year of law school began. Last I wrote, I was wondering what the future held. Well, some of those questions have been answered. The first question answered is whether I was going to be bored to death my third year. Most law school students have heard the catch phrase, "First year, they scare you to death. Second year, they work you to death. Third year, they bore you to death." I can say with 100% certainty that, so far, my third year has been anything but boring. I have honestly started thinking that when I become a "real attorney," it will seem...
Posted by William Wray
09/13/2010 at 01:41 PM
A friend of mine is starting his first year at Brown Med School. I went with him to a med student party last weekend, just a couple blocks from where I live in Providence. I was worried that an aspiring doctor party would be somewhat tame, given their advice of 'abstinence this' and 'moderation that,' but based solely on the number of students smoking cigarettes outside, it was clear the only oath in effect was hypocritic.   (I always feel kind of nauseous after a bad pun.)   About an hour in we started talking with a group of third year med students. One of them asked if we were “...
Posted by William Wray
09/07/2010 at 10:17 AM
Thanks to the professors, administrators, and personnel for their time and dedication in planning and flawlessly executing orientation, complete with a few local legal stars to kick things off. Though (as a certain professor is wont to say) nothing can truly prepare "sloppy undergraduates" for the study of law, orientation provided the much-needed caveat "Hold your breath!' before we dove headfirst into classes. Without orientation the dive may well have been more of a belly flop. We're also obliged to the weather for minimizing distractions, I suppose. While unseasonably chilly temperatures...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/31/2010 at 11:54 AM
I browsed through the other bloggers posts and I am beginning to think I am the only one who isn't currently in London doing the summer abroad program.  Although I heard absolutely wonderful things about it, I went the internship route.  Last summer I interned at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, MA.  My supervising attorney, Brian O'Connor (no relation) provided me with a really great experience there.  Before starting the internship, I had no idea what my responsibilities would be because, let's face it, when you get done with your 1L year, you are no...
Posted by Heather O'Connor
07/25/2010 at 12:12 PM
There are only a few days left in July. This pretty much means that my summer is almost over. I have two weeks left of my internship, two weeks left until school committee and organization meetings start up, and only three more weeks until training for the criminal defense clinic and my other classes begin. However, as fast as it has flown by, this summer has been really great. I have been interning with the RI Attorney General’s Office in the Juvenile Prosecution Division as a Rule Nine. This means I get to actually argue in court. When I first accepted the internship, I was very concerned...