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Posted by Linda Tappa
11/01/2016 at 02:49 PM
The summer began with me as a hopeful, and somewhat energized 2L -- and ended with me hired as a staff attorney for after graduation at a top public service law organization. How, you ask? It all began when I walked into Veronica Paricio’s office in February, panicked because I had yet to secure an internship for the summer. Together, we found an organization called Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (“TRLA”), which, even though I knew nothing about them at the time, is the third largest legal services provider in the nation. I applied and through the unexpected coincidence of a Rhode Island...
Posted by Veronica Paricio
09/08/2015 at 09:06 AM
At Roger Williams University School of Law, we have a vigorous public interest program.  This summer, 27 students were awarded summer stipends to enable them to work in unpaid public interest jobs, literally all over the world.  What follows are some of the observations they shared from the field ... MARC PERLMAN Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA "I am working at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) this summer as an investigator for the Housing Unit. I investigate housing discrimination claims and draft dispositions. In these...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/23/2014 at 11:58 AM
On December 19th, the RWU community gathered at One Empire Street  to announce the signing of a lease that will provide the School of Law with more, better, and new space to pursue its mission.  We were joined in the celebration by Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, a long-time supporter of the School of Law, and Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza, who was a member of our faculty for almost ten years before his election in November.  The new building will serve as the hub of our experiential education programs and permit our students to continue to provide access to justice to Rhode...
Posted by David Logan
10/07/2011 at 10:15 AM
A record turnout appeared at an annual event, the Public Interest Potluck, held at the Tiverton home of Professor Michael Yelnosky and Laurie Barron, Executive Director of our Feinstein Institute for Public Service.  More than 40 students showed up for dinner and conversation, and we were particularly pleased with the strong showing of the class of 2014. Here are some pics from that fun evening.
Posted by David Logan
03/30/2011 at 03:25 PM
For 24 years, the Robert Cover Public Interest Retreat has been a highlight of the academic year for the law students, lawyers, and legal academics who are committed to the tough, but deeply rewarding work of public interest practice. Sponsored by SALT (the Society of American Law Teachers), this year’s program was sponsored by RWU Law and attendees from 27 law schools  sold out the all available reservations. Here is some commentary: first, from Hazel Weiser (Executive Director of SALT): Roger Williams law students, led by the charismatic Jamie Rhodes (2L), organized the Cover Retreat...
Posted by David Logan
03/09/2011 at 10:08 AM
The Annual Public Interest Auction was a smashing success this year.  Featured in the sleek downtown art gallery space Peerless Lofts and catered by Cuban Revolution, the auction hosted a record-breaking number of 300 guests, and was completely sold out in advance.  Among the crowd were members of the legal community, the judiciary, students, and over 40 alumni, who gathered with faculty, staff, and students to gnosh, imbibe, mingle, and bid on over 100 silent and live auction items.  The items up for auction included a box for 15 at the Paw Sox Game and the opportunity to...
Posted by David Logan
09/14/2009 at 11:00 PM
As you may remember from a previous blog (“Experiential Learning,” June 23, 2009), twenty-eight RWU Law students were awarded Feinstein Institute Summer Stipends (ranging from $2500 to $3500) to enable them to work in the public sector, and eight more received grants from the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps.  I am confident that they all had great experiences, implementing the lessons of the classroom, but three received prestigious awards that deserve special mention. Jennifer Coliflores (’11) was chosen for Providence Mayor David Cicilline’s summer fellowship program. (The Mayor has...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2009 at 11:00 PM
RWU Law launched its Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program this summer. Created through the generosity of RWU President Dr. Roy J. Nirschel, and Jack and Sara McConnell, the program provides financial assistance to alumni who represent indigent clients in civil and criminal proceedings. Our first recipients are a terrific group of recent grads who as students took full advantage of our exemplary clinical, externship and public service programs while at RWU Law.  Here are brief descriptions of the important work that the program supports and below that some pics from a summer...
Posted by David Logan
07/07/2009 at 11:00 PM
Despite the slow down in legal hiring this past year, we are pleased to report that RWU 2008 graduates fared well. In fact 92.1 % of our graduates were employed or pursuing a graduate LLM degree, running slightly ahead of the national average as reported by the National Association for Law Placement, which collects data six months after graduation. Also noteworthy, 13% of our 2008 graduates were selected for judicial clerkships while nationwide only 9.6% secured those prestigious positions. And, finally, 8% of our graduates went into the public interest sector outpacing the national rate,...
Posted by David Logan
07/01/2009 at 11:00 PM
One of the stars of the RWU Law faculty is Emily Sack, who has already earned a national reputation for her work on a broad array of domestic violence issues. Emily, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New York University School of Law, has published articles in a number of important law reviews, including the Northwestern University Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review, and has participated in symposia at Brigham Young, Catholic University, and St. John’s law schools.  One of Emily’s articles was cited repeatedly in Justice Steven’s dissenting opinion...