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Professor Jonathan Gutoff is one of the nation’s top experts on piracy and maritime law issues. In addition to his popular courses on Administrative...

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06/17/2016
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Last Sunday, when the scope of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando began to emerge, I sent the following email to the student body: Tragically, once again Americans are mourning the loss of...

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Faculty News

  • White House rainbow
    Vox: Mancheno '13 on Orlando
    "America is a haven for gay immigrants like me. Don’t let Orlando change that." Luis Mancheno '13 in Vox, on his visceral reaction to the Pulse nightclub shooting.
  • Rhode Island: Hope
    Op-Ed: Yelnosky on Judicial Selection
    Dean Michael Yelnosky says new judicial nominations signal commitment to devalue political pull and increase racial and ethnic diversity on the state bench.
  • Cook's "Endeavour"
    The Guardian: Gutoff on Cook's 'Endeavour'
    Professor Jonathan Gutoff on how "arresting" Captain Cook's famed ship Endeavour could secure ownership for the state if its wreckage is discovered in Newport Harbor.