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Posted by Linda Tappa
11/01/2016 at 02:49 PM
The summer began with me as a hopeful, and somewhat energized 2L -- and ended with me hired as a staff attorney for after graduation at a top public service law organization. How, you ask? It all began when I walked into Veronica Paricio’s office in February, panicked because I had yet to secure an internship for the summer. Together, we found an organization called Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (“TRLA”), which, even though I knew nothing about them at the time, is the third largest legal services provider in the nation. I applied and through the unexpected coincidence of a Rhode Island...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/03/2016 at 10:18 AM
One hallmark of an RWU Law education is our remarkable connection to the bar, the bench, other branches of government, and businesses – both profit and non-profit.  During a student’s three years at the law school this means unparalleled externship opportunities, superb adjunct faculty, and programs that regularly bring leaders in the bench, bar, government, and business to the law school.  These connections also translate into increased market power for students when they graduate and enter the job market.  Having interned for a federal judge while in law school, for example...
Posted by Vanessa Rodriguez
04/19/2016 at 09:32 AM
Each semester at RWU Law, two of the school’s great clinical programs schedule classes to bridge the gap between major legal areas. The Immigration Clinic, directed by Deborah Gonzalez, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, directed by Andy Horwitz, come together to learn how the various aspects of these practices areas intertwine. Both clinics are run out of the Providence Downtown Campus and hold classes to learn more about the substantive law surrounding the clinic practice areas. There are some major differences between the areas of Criminal Law and Immigration Law, the most important being...
Posted by Julia Wyman
04/05/2016 at 11:06 AM
MAI Graduate Jobs! When I meet with prospective students interested in marine affairs, they often ask me what kind of jobs our graduates have.  It’s a great question and one that I love answering.  Our graduates can be found all over the country working in diverse marine affairs jobs. Some of our graduates leave RWU Law to work at top-ranked admiralty and maritime focused law firms.  Two graduates of the class of 2015 are part of that group.  Patrick O’Connor can be found at Hill, Betts, & Nash, LLP in New York, New York.  During his time at RWU Law, Patrick was a...
Posted by Diana Hassel
03/22/2016 at 04:02 PM
The drywall is up, the paints are being applied, and the furniture is ordered for the new RWU Law Experiential Campus in Providence at One Empire Plaza.    Beginning in June 2016, the law school will have a newly built-out and expanded space to house its Law Clinics, conduct Clinical Externship seminars, and offer an increased array of experiential and doctrinal courses.  Our four In-House Law Clinics – Business Start Up, Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Veterans Disability Appeals – will all have offices on the fourth floor of One Empire Plaza.  Classes and meetings for...
Posted by William Smith
09/30/2015 at 09:22 AM
As a result of its status as Rhode Island’s only law school, Roger Williams University School of Law has developed a close relationship with the bench and bar of the State. Similarly significant, however, is the law school’s productive relationship with the federal courts.  This relationship affords RWU Law students numerous opportunities throughout the academic year to observe the work of and mingle with federal judges and attorneys who litigate frequently in the federal courts.   Here are just a few examples of what a law student can expect to see or do during his or her time at...
Posted by Lorraine Lalli
08/25/2015 at 09:22 AM
When I joined the RWU Law administration in 2005, I brought a unique perspective as an alumna. Having graduated in 2001, I was familiar with the RWU Law student experience. I already knew the faculty and most of my new colleagues.  Most importantly, I was fully invested in the future success of the law school and our students, based on our shared experience. This fall, three alumnae are coming home to RWU Law to join me.  Drawing on their own student experiences and their outstanding legal practices, they will lead our flagship experiential programs to provide our students with...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/20/2015 at 09:26 AM
Having served 22 years in the Navy before coming to law school, some habits die harder than others. One thing that we always stressed during my time in the Navy was filing a Post Exercise report – or “Post-Ex” for short – to let everyone know about what happened during an exercise and think ahead to the next time that event would be held.  So now that Alternative Spring Break 2015 is in the record books, I just wanted to take a second and file a Post-Ex to let you know how it went.  This year’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) was our largest ever with 58 students participating in 17...
Posted by Ashley Ham Pong
03/31/2015 at 11:46 AM
It was a sunny summer day in August of 2009 as I sat in a conference room at Roger Williams University’s Providence campus, feeling somewhat like a guinea pig. I was a member of the first class of RWU Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. A few months prior, I had submitted my application and thoughtfully explained my interest in the immigration field. My family’s past – a story of immigration fortunes and misfortunes – was a natural starting point. I often imagined how my ancestors had moved from Africa to the United States, and from China to the West Indies, and how both sides eventually settled in...
Posted by Larry Ritchie
09/26/2014 at 09:47 AM
Keeping abreast of the criminal justice and evidence areas of the law can be a time-consuming proposition for a law professor.  Of course, I regularly read the Criminal Law Reporter and other periodicals.  However, being a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of Attorneys representing indigents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is an effective and satisfying way to keep current while also providing a service to the most needy and also, hopefully, to the courts.  As a member of the panel, I occasionally am appointed to represent an indigent convicted of a...