Under the supervision of Bastone, the office of career services provides all of the necessary tools to explore different career paths in the legal field while developing a solid professional plan for the future. Bastone, a nationally recognized leader in the legal career services field, brings expertise in counseling, on-campus recruiting, and employer relations to the Rhode Island law school.
Prior to joining RWU Law in 2004, Bastone served in various leading career services roles within several law schools in the nation, including the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law, Southern Methodist University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, and the University of Tulsa College of Law.
Prior to 1978, when he first became involved in legal education
, Bastone spent a number of years teaching at colleges and universities, as well as working in criminal justice administration.
During his time with the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law
, Bastone developed the Colorado Diversity Summer Clerkship Program, which has since been replicated by law schools across the US. In 2005 the University of Colorado School of Law honored him as ''Career Services Dean Emeritus,'' thus demonstrating the value of his work.
Throughout his years in the field of career services, Bastone has also arranged a number of alliances with the State Bar Association, established career development programs, and managed advanced career services libraries.
Bastone's professional memberships include the Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island and the Thurgood Marshal Law Society. He is also an associate member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Women's Bar Association.
Dean Bastone's extensive duties at RWU Law include managing and expanding the on-campus interview program
, creating a marketing and recruiting program, developing relationships with prospective employers, building a sophisticated career resource library, conducting career workshops and seminars, meeting the career counseling needs of students and alumni, handling budgetary issues, and developing the First Annual Legal Career Options Day. In addition to these hefty responsibilities, Bastone must also supervise his team, which consists of two full-time employees, as well as volunteer attorneys. He also edits Bridge Law
, the alumni job bulletin and publishes materials pertaining to career services. Bastone further serves as the intermediary between bar associations in the Providence Metropolitan Area and students.
He holds a Master of Arts in Criminology and Corrections from San Houston State University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas and Northeastern State University.