Jenna Wims Hashway

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Jenna Wims HashwayProfessor of Legal Practice

Contact Information

401-254-4562jhashway@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., Roger Williams University
B.A., Hofstra University

Professor Hashway teaches Legal Practice. In these foundational courses, her students learn the critical skills of research, analysis, writing, oral advocacy, and professionalism. She is also an alumna of the RWU School of Law, where she was both Valedictorian of her class and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Professor Hashway served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Arthur N. Votolato in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island; the Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson, Circuit Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has also taught Law of Torts and Law of Contracts at the undergraduate level.

Articles

Clause Without Effect: Unenforceable Usury Savings Clauses, Rhode Island Bar Journal, November/December 2014, at 5

Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program, Rhode Island Bar Journal, September/October 2013, at 23

Litigation Loansharks: A History of Litigation Lending and a Proposal to Bring Litigation Advances Within the Protection of Usury Laws, 17 Roger Williams University Law Review 750 (2012)

Litigation Financing: Preying on Plaintiffs, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March/April 2011, at 5 (with John Barylick)

Courses Taught

LAW.610Legal Practice I

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Course Description

This skills course trains students in the traditional methods of case and statutory analysis, legal research and writing. The skills are developed through graded exercises, library research, and written work. Students prepare a client opinion letter and two office memoranda.

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Core Course

Course Credits

2.5

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.611Legal Practice II

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Course Description

This skills course complements Legal Methods I. The emphasis is on the development of advocacy skills through problem analysis, legal research, the writing of an appellate brief and the presentation of oral argument. Students are trained in computer-aided legal research.

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Core Course

Course Credits

2.5

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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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.