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Posted by David Logan
06/19/2012 at 03:10 PM
As 2011-12 winds down and 2012-13 emerges on the immediate horizon, I am happy to announce another year of distinctive co-curricular programming is in store for the RWU Law community. First-up: a visit from another Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Last fall we were honored by a visit by Justice Stephen Breyer.  Next September it is a visit from Justice Samuel Alito. The Justice has graciously offered to spend an entire day at RWU Law, which means that there will be many opportunities to interact with a member of the High Court, and with important and perhaps path-...
Posted by David Logan
11/21/2011 at 04:42 PM
After an intimate conversation with RWU Law’s student leaders, Justice Breyer returned to the Appellate Courtroom for the day’s grand finale – a revealing “Fireside Chat” (well, actually the fire code doesn’t permit a fireplace) with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya, a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit. Judge Selya encouraged the full-house of students, faculty, staff, and alums to think of the event as “a conversation between two old friends” – which, indeed they are. From 1980 to 1994, Breyer was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2011 at 05:07 PM
After delivering his Con Law class, Justice Stephen Breyer adjourned to the Bay View Room to meet student leaders. The vibe was decidedly informal, as the pics below show. Asked how he prepared for cases, Breyer described SCOTUS’s “cert. pool” – the mechanism by which the Court manages the massive influx of petitions for certiorari – now over 8,000 a year. Under this system, the Justices’ law clerks are randomly assigned a portion of the petitions and they evaluate them via a memo sent to the Justices participating in the pool (currently all except Justice Alito). Discussing judicial ethics...
Posted by David Logan
11/03/2011 at 10:39 AM
Roger Williams University School of Law got a rare and fascinating view from the top of the profession last week, when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States visited campus. In an extremely busy half day, Justice Breyer taught a Con Law II class, met with student leaders, and sat for a revealing “Fireside Chat” with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya (a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit). The Justice also signed books for a long queue of students, faculty, staff and alums – staying well past his scheduled departure time,...