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Posted by Brittani Mulholland
03/04/2016 at 12:22 PM
[This blog was cowritten with ASB coordinator, 2L Trevor Bernard.] The Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB) all started back in 2006, when RWU Law students traveled to New Orleans to offer assistance to those affected by the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina. The Program was initially started by the School’s Association for Public Interest Lawyering (APIL) and focused on providing general community service. It has developed into an elaborate, year-long process that focuses on placing students in pro bono organizations aimed at helping those who have traditionally not been able to afford legal...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
01/22/2016 at 09:46 AM
Obtaining my law degree and law license were not easy tasks. I went to college and law school in the evenings while working full time and raising a young daughter. Yet I’m grateful that life has afforded me the good fortune that many others haven’t had, such as having been born in the United States.  Yes, it was fortuitous that I was born here, as my parents are Brazilian.  They came to the U.S. for a better life immediately after their wedding fifty years ago.   And though my siblings and I were born in the U.S., we were fortunate enough to have been raised in Brazil and...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
09/23/2015 at 09:06 AM
In the fall of 2009, Roger Williams University School of Law inaugurated its Immigration Clinic -- and there can be no doubt that the work done there has helped many immigrant families from all over the world, changing their lives for the better. A recent example: On August 3, 2015, one of the Immigration Clinic’s first clients, Guinea native Amie Toure, finally reached her American Dream and was sworn in as a United States Citizen.   This outcome would not have been possible without the help and hard work of the various student attorneys who worked on her case, as well as that of...
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 Michael Yelnosky
05/11/2015 at 10:02 AM
The innovation continues at RWU Law. We were one of the first law schools in the country to require pro bono service for graduation. We are home to the nationally recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, which connects lawyers, community organizations, and law students to provide free legal services to indigent clients. We were one of the first law schools in the country to guarantee each student a substantial clinical experience. We are one of a few law schools in the country with a corporate counsel externship program that places students each semester in the general counsel’s offices of major...
Posted by Tom Peterson
03/09/2015 at 11:44 AM
Members of the RWU Law’s Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) started Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during spring break 2006, as an opportunity to assist those recovering from the devastation caused when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. Since its inception, ASB has continued to grow every year.  In its first year, there was just one placement and a handful of dedicated students. Now, in 2015, it has grown to 17 placements in eight different states with 58 student participants.  Many of our supervising attorneys are RWU Law alumni. The program is funded by a...
Posted by Larry Ritchie
09/26/2014 at 10:47 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...