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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/03/2016 at 11:18 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 10:32 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 Michael Yelnosky
12/21/2015 at 09:30 AM
I know that lots of people hate Twitter, and I know many of the reasons.   Too many tweets are inane (“I am having an awesome grilled cheese for lunch”); there are too many abbreviations and symbols used on Twitter (what do @ and # mean anyway?); the 140-character limit makes it impossible to convey anything meaningful; and Twitter is accelerating the destruction of written English. Young people cannot write elegant prose, and they would not be able to recognize it if they saw it. #OMG! Nevertheless, I tweet.  Enthusiastically. Every weekday (and often on the weekend).  Prior...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
12/04/2015 at 10:57 AM
Over the past several years, RWU Law has made significant strides in increasing the diversity of its student body.  When I arrived here in February 2011, the percentage of students in the 2010 entering class who identified as a member of a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession was 15%.  That percentage has risen to 25% with the current 1L class and the racial and ethnic diversity of the overall student body stands at 23%.  Indeed the law school’s student body is more diverse today than it has ever been – more accurately reflecting the...
Posted by Olabisi Davies
11/12/2015 at 11:17 AM
It's hard to believe that several months have now passed since I spent the summer interning at Bronx Defenders (BXD) in New York! Now that the cold weather and early sunsets are fast making winter a reality, I am remembering my summer experiences with gratitude. Working with BXD was such a blessing – and one that ended on a high note, as I gave the closing argument at a fact-finding hearing on my final morning on the job! Again I feel truly blessed that, over the course of my law school journey so far, I've been afforded the opportunity to intern with phenomenal organizations and supervising...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
11/04/2015 at 05:17 PM
Women in Robes is a Women’s Law Society’s annual event that brings together the students of Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Judiciary. This year’s Women in Robes took place on October 22, at DeWolf Tavern, here in Bristol.  With attendance growing each year, this was one of our most successful events yet, with a total of 90 attendees. This included judges from the Rhode Island Family Court, Rhode Island Superior Court, Rhode Island Worker’s Compensation Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition to the esteemed members of the...
Posted by William Smith
09/30/2015 at 10:22 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 Veronica Paricio
09/08/2015 at 10:06 AM
At Roger Williams University School of Law, we have a vigorous public interest program.  This summer, 27 students were awarded summer stipends to enable them to work in unpaid public interest jobs, literally all over the world.  What follows are some of the observations they shared from the field ... MARC PERLMAN Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA "I am working at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) this summer as an investigator for the Housing Unit. I investigate housing discrimination claims and draft dispositions. In these...
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...