Faculty News

  • Judicial Diversity
    Logan on Judicial Diversity
    Professor David Logan argues that the Ocean State's current judiciary looks like the Rhode Island of past generations, not reflecting the diverse nature of the state today.
  • Closed courtroom
    Horwitz on Closed Courtroom Debate
    U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi's order to seal the courtroom during a plea hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking has raised concern among legal observers.
  • Commencement 2015
    RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2015
    RWU Law honors 115 graduates in a ceremony keynoted by pioneering jurist, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland; also recognizing noted R.I. defense attorney Robert Mann.


Bela August Walker

Bela August Walker
Associate Professor of Law

J.D., Columbia
B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Leave of Absence (Fall 2014)

Bela August Walker joined the Roger Williams University School of Law faculty in the fall of 2011. She previously taught at Fordham University School of Law. She is a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College and was both a Kent and a Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where she won the Beck Prize for excellence in Property Law. She was the Essay & Review Editor of the Columbia Law Review. Professor Walker clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. From 2006 to 2007 she was a Staff Attorney at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

Selected Publications

Books

Education in the Fifty States: A Deskbook History of State Constitutions and Laws About Education (Inst. Educ. Equity & Opportunity 2008) (contributing author)

Articles

Locating the Criminal: Civil Sanctions, Sexual Abuse & the American Family, __ Southwestern Law Review __ (forthcoming 2014) 

Reexamining Privilege Revealed Twenty Years Later: Privilege as Property, 42 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 47 (2013)

Making Room in the Property Canon, 90 Texas Law Review 423 (2011)

Deciphering Risk: Sex Offender Statues and Moral Panic in a Risk Society, 40 University of Baltimore Law Review 183 (2010)

Fractured Bonds: Policing Whiteness and Womanhood through Race-Based Marriage Annulments, 58 DePaul Law Review 1 (2008)

The Color of Crime: The Case Against Race Based Suspect Descriptions, 103 Columbia Law Review 662 (2003)