Student & Alumni Blogs

Posted by David Logan
09/26/2013 at 09:25 AM
As the only law school in the state, RWU students learn not just from our highly-credentialed full-time faculty, but also from leading judges, like Bruce Selya from the United States Court of Appeals http://law.rwu.edu/blog/judge-selya-named-head-top-terror-court and one of the top trial lawyers in the Northeast, Mark Mandell. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/learning-litigation-tragedy-station-fire-course This spring, our students are in for a special opportunity: the chance to take a course taught by a United States Senator.  We are delighted to announce that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D.R.I...
Posted by Mike Muehe
09/24/2013 at 02:27 PM
Like I’m sure most any 1L experiences before coming to law school, I had my worries on arriving at RWU Law. But looking back on my first month, I’m so glad that I made the decision to attend Roger Williams, and law school in general. Between the people that I’m meeting, the lawyering skills that I’m learning, and the new things in town that I’m trying, I don’t think that I could be in a better place right now. Moving to Bristol this past summer was a huge leap for me. It was the first time I had moved from my childhood home. Granted, home is only an hour and a half away, I was wicked excited...
Posted by Elizabeth Blank
09/24/2013 at 08:53 AM
This summer, I was a legal intern in the Ocean and Coasts Section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of the General Counsel in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The internship was one of the best legal experiences I have had. The staff was extremely welcoming and accommodating with my transition down to D.C., in addition to having a great sense of humor. To top it all off, I even had my own office-- who knows when that will happen again? While it was difficult to leave my family for two months, I was occupied by the demands of the internship and the seemingly...
Posted by David Logan
09/23/2013 at 02:39 PM
One of RWU Law’s great partners is the Providence City Solicitor’s Office and City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa.  Nearly one-half of the capital city’s 22 attorneys are RWU Law graduates (link).  From civil litigation to criminal prosecution; from housing court to family court to municipal court; from legislation to open government issues to tax appeals to land use, the attorneys in the City Solicitor’s office manage an extraordinary portfolio of legal issues.  According to Solicitor Padwa, those who are interested in working in the Solicitor’s office should apply for an internship...
Posted by David Logan
09/19/2013 at 03:30 PM
Here is the recap from Laurie Barron, the Director of our Feinstein Center, about a fun annual event that brings together many of our public-interest focused students and staff from the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education, followed by some pictures from the fun evening. It was a glorious night, thank goodness, for the annual Fall Public Interest Pot Luck Dinner held on Friday, September 6, because the 75 students and faculty members who attended would have been quite cozy inside the home of Laurie Barron and Michael Yelnosky. The Pot Luck, hosted each September and...
Posted by David Logan
09/16/2013 at 04:32 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of our terrific alums, Chad Edgar (’04), has won the 2013 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for the work he has done prosecuting tax refund fraud and identity theft at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. The award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute fraud, white collar crimes, and official corruption. Chad has focused on Stolen Identity Refund Fraud cases (this website has a brief description of this big, but largely below the radar problem http://www.justice.gov/tax/...
Posted by Sam Clarke
09/16/2013 at 01:45 AM
It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A! When I was a kid, nothing beat summer. I got lucky because my dad worked at the local Y camp during the months he had off from teaching, so every summer I’d shoot arrows, swim in the ocean, and rack up an impressive number of mosquito bites at Camp Massasoit. (Also known as Camp Messy-Toilet, not to be confused with Camp Metacomet, or Make-You-Vomit, a subtle but important distinction not lost on a ten-year-old.) It was jarring to lose those three months of freedom to play when I started law school. Perhaps it was more jarring to walk into class 2L year still so...
Posted by David Logan
09/13/2013 at 12:30 PM
As a young law school, it is especially gratifying to see how our graduates are making their mark in the profession.  One measure of this evolution is how many of our alums write for the Rhode Island Bar Journal, the official publication of the RI Bar Association, and the most recent issue has a whopping three articles from RWU Law grads. “Pot or Not: State or Federal Government Regulation and (De) Criminalization of Marijuana?” (by Katherine Godin‘08) “Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program,” (by Jenna Wims Hashway’11) “Lunch with Legends,”...
Posted by David Logan
09/10/2013 at 11:51 AM
One of the many RWU law faculty working on cutting edge issues is Zoe Argento, and her latest work, on social networks, is, guess what - lighting up the Internet. Here is an abstract of her article from the most recent issue of the University of Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review: Who has the superior right to a social network account? This is the question in a growing number of disputes between employers and workers over social network accounts. The problem has no clear legal precedent. Although the disputes implicate rights under trademark, copyright, and privacy law,...
Posted by David Logan
09/05/2013 at 05:19 PM
Justice Elena Kagan came to Rhode Island to join in two important celebrations: the 250th anniversary of the oldest synagogue in the United States - Touro Synagogue and the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter for the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and the Roger Williams Law community was out in force for both events, as well as an invitation-only reception at the Federal Courthouse in Providence. The Touro event was built around the reading of George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, historically significant because it was the first...