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Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
08/18/2015 at 10:37 AM
Every year, I have the pleasure of kicking off Orientation by introducing the newest class to themselves.  I enjoy sorting through the files and finding interesting tidbits that will give them a sense of the depth and quality of their fellow classmates. At RWU we truly value having students with a wide range of personal and professional accomplishments who will bring those life experiences to bear in classroom discussions.  As you will see, the Class of 2018 is outstanding and only adds to our tradition.   Here are excerpts from my remarks: I am so glad to see the Class of...
Posted by Diana Hassel
06/24/2015 at 10:07 AM
Plans are well underway for the RWU School of Law’s expanded presence in downtown Providence.    The four-story building at One Empire Street will be devoted almost exclusively to Roger Williams University use and will be ready for occupancy a year from now – June 2016.  The fourth floor of One Empire Street will become the center for RWU law’s experiential learning opportunities.  Furniture is being purchased and paint colors chosen for the offices of our in-house clinics: Criminal Defense, Immigration, and Business Start Up.  The Feinstein Center will also be...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/20/2015 at 10:26 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 David Zlotnick
04/27/2015 at 04:29 PM
RWU Law’s D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program provides an ideal opportunity for RWU Law students who are considering working in Washington D.C. after graduation to explore and plan for their future – by offering an entire semester spent earning on-the-job academic credits. The program immerses students in one of the most exciting, diversified and still-growing legal markets in the world. They earn academic credit while training full-time in a government, non-profit or trade-association setting. The students themselves are the program’s biggest fans. “I have thoroughly enjoyed...
Posted by Kathryn Thompson
03/02/2015 at 10:40 AM
Excellent lawyers are committed to lifelong learning; our craft requires it.  Whenever a new client walks into a lawyer’s office, that lawyer faces a new challenge. This challenge always includes new facts to learn, and a new problem to solve. This problem may add a new wrinkle to a familiar area of law, or may require the lawyer to become familiar with an entirely new area of law, or both.    Training students to learn the skills needed to represent these future clients, and to confidently embrace the unique challenge that each client’s problem raises, is at the heart of...
Posted by Jared Goldstein
01/26/2015 at 01:00 AM
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, I’ll be interviewing Donald Verrilli, Jr., the Solicitor General of the United States, in an event that’s been billed as a “Fireside Chat.” Those looking to find warmth in these winter months may be disappointed that there will be no actual fire, only a lot of chat. Since I have no experience doing public interviewing, I’m guessing that I was chosen because in 1996, in my first real job as a lawyer, I had the good fortune to work as a Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. The Solicitor General is responsible for all litigation on behalf of the...
Posted by Kimberly Ahern
12/15/2014 at 03:26 PM
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges attending.  It has been a long-standing tradition that attendees are asked to bring a gift to donate to the annual Toys-for-Tots toy drive and this year was an overwhelming success with two large bins full of toys donated!  Thank you to all the attendees who generously donated a toy this year.    In addition to this being the first Holiday Reception with Dean Yelnosky at the helm...
Posted by Mike Muehe
01/07/2014 at 01:36 PM
                After a much-needed Thanksgiving break, the scene at RWU Law changed drastically. Final exams were right around the corner, a seemingly-terrifying, unique experience for us as 1Ls. The weeks began to fly by, juggling the last class assignments, editing and reviewing outlines, and reviewing outline, on top of any other responsibilities make it seem like entering final exams is like entering a giant whirlpool – a semester’s worth of work swirling around you over the two-week exam period, and ending in an...
Posted by Michael Rekola
02/11/2013 at 05:52 PM
Over the weekend, us New Englanders got slammed by a storm named after a Disney cartoon character.  Although the weather service has stated that the Nemo was named for its Ancient Latin definition (“No one or No Man”), it afforded me the opportunity (or the pain, however you see it) to catch up on some of my classes like Federal Income Tax.  Although my house was luckily saved from various power outages and the freezing temperatures, I was snowed in with my law books, a package of Oreos, and our dog Monty.   Unfortunately many of my law school friends and fellow...
Posted by William Wray
08/31/2011 at 05:14 PM
Note to self - stock up on un-scented candles.   Irene came, Irene left. It was pretty terrible if you were a tree branch, inconvenient if you were any organism which appreciates electricity or plumbing, but otherwise, bearable.    And it wasn't all bad, either: Crises have a way of renewing our appreciation for home and all its fixtures - human and otherwise. “Hunkering” is the verb that captures the feeling for me. The dictionary definition staidly limits itself to 'taking shelter,' but for most, the word implies preparatory trips to the grocery store, foreknowledge of what...