National Conference of Law Reviews

Aug 26 2011 2:20 pm
Wed, 03/28/2012 - 9:00am
Various Locations

Hosted by RWU School of Law

March 28, 2012 - April 1, 2012



Each year, the National Conference of Law Reviews (NCLR) holds a conference which allows law reviews from around the country to come together for four days to discuss the multitude of issues regarding the operation of a student-edited publication.  This conference is hosted annually by one of the member law reviews. Over the past three years, the NCLR annual conference has been hosted by the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, the Texas Wesleyan Law Review, and the Southern University Law Review.

We are proud to announce that the Roger Williams University Law Review will be hosting the conference on the RWU Law campus in Bristol and in Providence, Rhode Island.  The event will give attending publications the opportunity to converse with faculty advisors, academic authors, and distinguished members of the legal community, while also mixing in various social events to allow attendees to experience all that Providence has to offer.  Timothy Grimes, the current Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams University Law Review, commented on the importance of hosting this conference to both the law review and the school in general:  “Hosting the annual National Conference of Law Reviews in 2012 is an excellent opportunity to improve the reputation of a young school like Roger Williams University School of Law on a national scale.”


Photo of Michael Waldman

Photo of Donald Migliori

Saturday NCLR Closing Dinner
featuring Keynote Speaker
Michael Waldman
Former White House Chief Speechwriter
& Expert on the Presidency
Thursday's Scribes Award Dinner
featuring Keynote Speaker
Attorney Donald A. Migliori
Motley Rice LLC

Photo of Betty Anne Waters

Thursday's Luncheon
featuring Keynote Speaker
Betty Anne Waters'98, Esq.
Legal Activist


Excursions should be paid in advance by calling the Office of Alumni, Programs & Events at (401) 254-4659.

Friday, March 30, 2012
12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

A coach bus will depart the Westin Providence at 12:00 noon and take you to Newport, Rhode Island where you will tour The Breakers.  The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad, which was a pivotal development in the industrial growth of the nation during the late 19th century.  The Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885, and purchased a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport during that same year.

In 1893, he commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace the earlier wood-framed house which was destroyed by fire the previous year. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70 room Italian Renaissance- style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters.

The Vanderbilts had seven children. Their youngest daughter, Gladys, who married Count Laszlo Szechenyi of Hungary, inherited the house on her mother's death in 1934. An ardent supporter of The Preservation Society of Newport County, she opened The Breakers in 1948 to raise funds for the Society. In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs. Today, the house is designated a National Historic Landmark.

After the mansion tour, the coach bus will take the scenic Ocean Drive.  Ocean Drive is a 10-mile route that starts on Bellevue Avenue and follows Ocean Avenue around a rocky peninsular with the Atlantic Ocean as your magnificent backdrop.

Depart Westin Hotel Lobby at 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $30/per person

Friday, March 30, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rhode Island boasts one of the highest concentrations of visual artists in the country and is home to Rhode Island School of Design. The Providence Art Club, the 2nd oldest art club in the country, and a unique work/live space for artists called AS220 are well known and admired. From Colonial times, Providence has attracted skillful craftspeople and artists. Public sculpture, artist studios, art galleries, and award-winning architecture can be found in every corner of the city. This program takes a look at the creative side of Rhode Island’s capital city.

Big Nazo Puppet Studio    
Newly designed library at Rhode Island School of Design   
One hour self-guided visit to the Museum of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design 
The walking tour from one location to another will focus on public sculpture; the design of the Providence waterfront and will talk about the role of the city as a patron of the arts.  Tour led by staff and guides of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Depart Westin Hotel Lobby at 1:00 p.m.
Cost:  $23/person  

1:00  p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Providence is a town with a past; a fascinating, intriguing story worthy of a Spielberg epic. Much of the story can be told on College Hill (on the east side of the Providence River) and on the  most historic street in the city: Benefit Street. Laid out as a thoroughfare in the mid-1700s, Benefit Street was created for the “benefit of all.” Today, it gives the appearance of being a museum mile, but, in truth, it is a vital urban neighborhood enhanced by preservation efforts for over fifty years. Benefit Street provides a step back in time, but also a glimpse into the city’s future. The press has called Providence “a city reborn;” “a treasure;” one of the best places to live in the United States.” Walk with the Historical Society and visit some of the most incredible historic sites to find out why.   Tour led by staff and guides of the RI Historical Society.

John Brown House Museum  (1788) 
Providence Athenaeum  (1836)    
First Baptist Church   (1774-5)  

Depart Westin Hotel Lobby at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $23/person 

Accommodations A room block has been secured for NCLR conference attendees at the Westin Providence, One West Exchange Street, Providence, Rhode Island for $139 per night plus applicable taxes. When calling to make reservations at  888-627-8449 or direct at 401-598-8000, please refer to “National Conference of Law Reviews, 2012” to receive the special rate.  Reservations must be made by March 9, 2012 to received the NCLR rate.  Rooms subject to availability. 
The room block is now full. Other options for accommodations can be found at

Conference Fee: $375.
Please see the registration link above to complete your registration online.
REFUNDS: There will be a $50 administrative processing fee charged with refunds prior to March 27, 2012. 
There will be no refunds issued after 4:00 p.m. on March 27, 2012. 

Additional Dinner Tickets: $50 per person for the Thursday or Saturday night dinners.
Please contact Melanie Stone at to register additional guests for the dinners only.

Air Travel Information

Airport Limousine Information

For questions regarding the conference, please contact the Office of Alumni, Programs & Events at (401) 254-4659 or

If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor an NCLR event, please contact Tara Harrington at 401-254-3416 or

Thank you to our sponsors! (as of March 1, 2012)











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