Raquel M. Ortiz

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Raquel M. OrtizAssistant Dean for Library & Information ServicesAssociate Professor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4530rortiz@rwu.eduSSRN Author PageCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., Suffolk University
M.S., Simmons College
B.A., Harvard College

Assistant Dean Raquel M. Ortiz has worked in academic law libraries for over 25 years in the areas of patron services, reference, and library administration. In her current position, she oversees the law library.

Dean Ortiz teaches Advanced Legal Research and Introduction to Legal Research and Citation.  She previously taught Legal Information Sources at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science. Dean Ortiz previously worked at Boston University's Law Library, Harvard Law School Library, and various other libraries in the Harvard University system. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

An active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, NELLCO, and Law Librarians of New England, Dean Ortiz has served on numerous committees and leadership positions within these organizations. She currently serves on the NELLCO Executive Committee and LLNE Executive Board. Born in Puerto Rico, Dean Ortiz is fluent in Spanish. As an avid technology user, Dean Ortiz is interested in technology applications for law, library management, and legal research. Her hobbies include reading, paper crafting, and jewelry making.

Books

What Color is Your C.F.R.? (Chicago, Illinois: CALI, 2016)(with Nicole Dyszlewski, illustrated by Liz Gotauco)

Articles

Mass Incarceration: An Annotated Bibliography, 21 Roger Williams University Law Review 471 (2016)(with Nicole Dyszlewski & Lucinda Harrison-Cox)

Courses Taught

LSM.860Advanced Legal Research

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Course Description

A survey of legal and law-related research resources not covered in the first-year Legal Methods classes, including federal legislative history, administrative law research, loose-leaf services, practice materials, and law-related digital resources. There will be an emphasis on research strategy and process and on the integration of print and digital sources. Students will complete exercises in class in a workshop format; there will also be advanced training classes in computer-assisted legal research. Assignments will consist of problem sets covering topics and resources discussed in class.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Raquel M. Ortiz

LSM.856Explorations in Leadership for Lawyers

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Course Description

This course focuses on the theory and practice of leadership and its implications in the professional and personal lives of lawyers and students. Students will study how lawyers (including those who work at firms, in-house, or in other roles) view leadership, ethics, and their roles in society. Students will learn how lawyers who are leaders are more successful and fulfilled in their careers. Through interactive exercises, readings, and guest presentations, students will develop their capacity to lead with integrity by learning the role of values in leadership, how to deal with challenges, and how to assess risks. Students will gain insight into and develop their values, identity, and self-leadership. Topics include: competing leadership paradigms (e.g., power vs. service), the styles and practices of leaders, leading, values-based leadership, communicating as a leader, understanding yourself and others, leading change, and articulating a vision.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

MSL.606Intro to Legal Research and Citation

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Course Description

In this course, students will learn the different types of legal authority and their sources, how to develop effective and efficient legal research strategies using online legal research databases, and how to locate and apply legal citation rules to a variety of legal authorities. There will be an emphasis on research strategy and process. Students will complete exercises in an online class using a workshop format. Assignments will consist of problem sets covering topics and resources covered in the course materials and class.

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Elective

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Master of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Raquel M. Ortiz
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.