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Posted by David Logan
02/27/2014 at 01:42 PM
An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.  Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school. The capacity crowd was LOUD, and the bidding spirited on all sorts of cool gifts and experiences, like tickets to pro sporting events, weekends at...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2014 at 05:30 PM
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.) This year’s talk was given by Randall Kennedy, the Klein Professor of Law at Harvard, who served as Justice Marshall’s law clerk before he joined the Harvard faculty. And what a talk it was! A dynamic speaker, he shared fascinating stories that most of the...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2014 at 08:47 AM
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.  We sent two teams to the competition, sponsored by George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and RWU vanquished the competition, which included more than 2 dozen teams from across the country, from Utah (Brigham Young), Texas (Baylor), the Midwest (Minnesota and Notre Dame), to a slew from up and down the east coast: Florida State, GW, Georgetown,...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2014 at 09:25 AM
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research. To help RWU Law students prepare for “research in the real world”, the RWU Law Librarians developed the Prepare for Practice program: nine librarian-led classes supplemented by four online training classes. Classes cover legal research using...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2014 at 03:06 PM
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power. One of the important voices in this struggle for judicial independence is our own Professor (and Dean Designate) Michael Yelnosky, who played a key...