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Posted by Ashley Ham Pong
03/31/2015 at 11:46 AM
It was a sunny summer day in August of 2009 as I sat in a conference room at Roger Williams University’s Providence campus, feeling somewhat like a guinea pig. I was a member of the first class of RWU Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. A few months prior, I had submitted my application and thoughtfully explained my interest in the immigration field. My family’s past – a story of immigration fortunes and misfortunes – was a natural starting point. I often imagined how my ancestors had moved from Africa to the United States, and from China to the West Indies, and how both sides eventually settled in...
Posted by Judith Savage
03/24/2015 at 09:24 AM
This Friday, March 27, an extraordinary gathering will take place here at RWU Law to discuss mass incarceration and mass probation -- one of the most important public policy issues of our time. A sizeable cross-section of the Rhode Island community – including members of the bench and bar, law professors and law students, local and national experts, a host of stakeholders and citizens – will come together for a timely symposium titled “Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration: Moving Beyond the Problem and Toward Solutions.” The event calls upon us to reexamine an inordinately expensive...
Posted by Cecily Banks
03/15/2015 at 11:00 PM
It doesn’t take long for my contract drafting students to realize that drafting is not the mechanical, backroom exercise of a wordsmith.  The students quickly start to see each business transaction as its own human interest story of parties forging a positive, fruitful contractual platform to boost and cushion their deal as the real world plays out.  In the first class, students learn how to elicit the client’s chief goals and concerns so that the contract actually addresses them.  They learn what a lawyer needs to know and think about before ever putting pen to paper, and...
Posted by Tom Peterson
03/09/2015 at 10:44 AM
Members of the RWU Law’s Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) started Alternative Spring Break (ASB) during spring break 2006, as an opportunity to assist those recovering from the devastation caused when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. Since its inception, ASB has continued to grow every year.  In its first year, there was just one placement and a handful of dedicated students. Now, in 2015, it has grown to 17 placements in eight different states with 58 student participants.  Many of our supervising attorneys are RWU Law alumni. The program is funded by a...
Posted by Kathryn Thompson
03/02/2015 at 09:40 AM
Excellent lawyers are committed to lifelong learning; our craft requires it.  Whenever a new client walks into a lawyer’s office, that lawyer faces a new challenge. This challenge always includes new facts to learn, and a new problem to solve. This problem may add a new wrinkle to a familiar area of law, or may require the lawyer to become familiar with an entirely new area of law, or both.    Training students to learn the skills needed to represent these future clients, and to confidently embrace the unique challenge that each client’s problem raises, is at the heart of...