The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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Environmental Law: Natural Resources
This course will focus on the regulation of natural resources and will cover common law and statutory implications to wildlife regulation, water and air pollution efforts, water law, land use controls, mining and mineral law. Issues related to conserving recreational resources and historical artefacts and landmarks will also be explored.
Environmental Law: Pollution Control
The regulation and control of water, air and land is the broad subject matter of this course. The emphasis is on federal statutory and regulatory law but international issues and state and local regulation will be reviewed in areas in which they have broad relevance.
Estate & Gift Tax
This course will focus on the federal tax law governing lifetime and testamentary transfers among individuals and families. The result of uses of complex as well as simple estate planning devices will be emphasized. Trends in transfer tax development, and social and economic theory, will be covered.
European Union Law
The European Union provides a model for inter-state cooperation. The course will study the primary institutions and underlying legal integration principles of the system. Visiting Professor Robert Webster will teach this week-long course.
This course introduces the law controlling the introduction and exclusion of evidence in civil and criminal trials. Topics include burden of proof, presumption, judicial notice, burden of production, burden of persuasion, competency of witnesses, relevancy, examinations of witnesses, privileges, hearsay, demonstrative evidence, documents and the function of judge and jury.
Family & Divorce Mediation
This upper level legal skills development course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the contexts in which family conflict arises, the various legal and practical issues in play when families disintegrate, and with in-depth training in the skills that a mediator might employ to help the divorcing parties resolve their differences. The course exposes the student to relevant factors and normative approaches used by courts in dividing property, determining child support, custody, visitation, and spousal support among other issues, while recognizing that parties in mediation are empowered to reach their own agreements with the aid of the mediator. Role playing exercises are used to integrate theory with practice.
This course examines the underlying social and economic principles of family life, its regulation by government, and constitutional limitations on regulation. Direct laws covering marriage, divorce, and child custody will be examined but also the course will cover those areas of law--property, income maintenance, medical care, schooling and crime--that also have direct impact on families in this society.
This course will examine the relationship of federal courts to other organs of federal government and to the states, including an analysis of congressional control over jurisdiction; federal review of state court decisions; the relationship between state and federal substantive and procedural law; the scope of federal questions and diversity of citizenship jurisdiction in federal courts; abstention; federal injunctions of state criminal proceedings; and problems of justiciability and mootness.
Federal Income Tax
This course provides a survey of the federal income tax system as it relates to individual and business activity. Topics include code, regulation, and case analysis; tax policy, economics, and public finance; and tax legislation. Specific concepts included are income, exclusions, deductions, credits, tax accounting, and tax procedure.
Federal Indian Law
Federal Indian Law will examine the allocation of sovereignty between the United States, Indian tribes and the states. It will include a review of some of the major cases, statutes, federal policies and historical practices that have governed the field. The course will take a particular look at the allocation of sovereignty in Rhode Island and will discuss issues raised by Carcieri v. Salazar, a recent U.S. Supreme Court case involving the Narragansett Indian Tribe and the State of Rhode Island. The course will be taught by Claire Richards, former legal counsel to Governors Lincoln Almond and Donald Carcieri