Blogs

Show, Don't Tell

Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 12/01/2017 at 12:07 PM

Whenever possible, I try not to simply assert that the program at RWU Law is special.  Instead I try to give specific examples, preferably “objective” examples, or examples that do not come from my own observations.  Let me show you a few recent indicators of the quality of the program and people at RWU Law.                       

The Immigrant Veteran: Service and Honor

Posted by David Coombs on 11/14/2017 at 12:37 PM

Immigrant Veterans[RWU Law Professor, veteran and military law expert David Coombs offered the following remarks during Veterans Day observances at Roger Williams University on November 10. The address has been slightly edited for readability in blog format.]

Celebrating Professor Tony Santoro

Posted by Michael Bowden on 10/31/2017 at 11:29 AM

Professor Tony Santoro in his namesake classroom.It’s one thing to honor a respected colleague and well-loved professor upon his retirement – but how to pay tribute to a man who is, in many ways, the sine qua non of the institution itself; one who is, perhaps more than any other single individual, responsible for the very existence of Roger Williams University School of Law?  &nbs

How Law School Gives Politicians a "Running Start"

Posted by Michael Bowden on 09/08/2017 at 11:51 AM

Nick Hemond '12, Camille Vella-Wilkinson '06, Matt Jerzyk '08 on the "Running Start" panel at RWU Law.How do you get from law school to City Hall (or the State House)?

With a lot of passion, persistence and hard work, a group of six alumni told a sizeable audience of mostly 1Ls on Thursday.

Chelsea Manning, Professor David Coombs, and the "Wikileaks Trial"

Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 08/28/2017 at 11:01 AM

On Friday, President Trump signed a directive precluding transgender individuals from joining the military.  The directive leaves to the Secretary of Defense the task of determining whether transgender individuals already in the military may continue to serve.  We thought this an opportune time to share an interview granted to Edward Fitzpatrick of RWU Law by Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger Visiting Assistant Professor of Law David Coombs, the lawyer who represented Chelsea Manning in the so-called “Wikileaks trial.”  Professor Coombs teaches Criminal Procedure at RWU Law

Welcome to the Class of 2020!

Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen on 08/17/2017 at 10:33 AM

Each year, I have the pleasure of welcoming the newest group of law students to Roger Williams University School of Law and introducing them to their classmates.  My staff and I read and hear so many dynamic stories as we recruit the class and this is our turn to brag about the unique student body RWU enrolls each admissions cycle.

The Class of 2020 is the most diverse class in the law school's history.  Additionally, 9% of the class was born in a foreign country (and on 5 continents) and 6% of the class served in the United States Military.

Deepening Connections Between RWU Law and the State Bench and Bar: Library Edition

Posted by Raquel Ortiz on 04/27/2017 at 12:46 PM

Electronic accessThe RWU Law Library has welcomed members of the Rhode Island bench and bar to access its collections from day one in 1993.  Now, almost 24 years later, we are happy to announce a new collaboration between the law library and the Rhode Island State Law Library for the benefit of the entire legal community of Rhode Island.

The Supreme Court and Cross-Border Litigation

Posted by Louise Ellen Teitz on 04/04/2017 at 08:18 AM

Cross-Border ServiceDoes the Hague Service Convention permit service of process by mail? While it may seem, at first glance, to be a mundane and technical topic, the question has in fact created an almost 30-year split among circuits – one that soon may be resolved.

A Reporter Learns the Law -- Alongside Law Students

Posted by Katie Mulvaney on 02/16/2017 at 04:33 PM

Reporting and LawI have had the good fortune of covering the courts in Rhode Island for The Providence Journal since 2009. I relish the beat for both its emotional and legal elements. It keeps me engaged and learning every day, and it allows me to explore what makes people tick, for good and for bad.

'Disparaging' Trademarks Meet the First Amendment

Posted by Niki Kuckes on 02/07/2017 at 12:47 PM

The SlantsShould a term like “the slants,” which is deeply offensive to many Asian-Americans, be granted the benefits of heightened legal protection afforded to federally registered trademarks?  Or should the Trademark Office have the power to refuse to register such a “disparaging” trademark?  This question was posed at the Supreme Court this week, when trademark law collided with the First Amendment as the Court heard arguments in