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David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he represented Native American tribes....

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Controversial Documentary "Hot Coffee" Screened in Joint Event with RI School of Design

Posted by David Logan on 12/16/2011 at 09:12 AM

As the only law school in the state, RWU Law has unique opportunities to co-sponsor events with other leading educational institutions, like our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs (a signature joint J.D./M.M.A. program) and our Medical-Legal Cooperative with Brown Medical School

We recently had our first co-sponsored event with the Rhode Island School of Design and the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ), a screening of the film “Hot Coffee,” which takes a very skeptical look at the “tort reform” movement.  Debunking the urban legends surrounding the “McDonald’s coffee spill case,” the documentary tackles 3 subject areas where there have been aggressive efforts by big businesses to constrict the right to a jury trial in civil cases: imposing damage caps and mandatory arbitration, and influencing judicial elections.  Underwritten by the RIAJ and moderated by RWU Law Adjunct Professor Don Migliori, a large crowd gathered in the RISD auditorium to see the movie, hear from it's remarkable producer/director Susan Saladoff, and then witness a debate on tort reform featuring the Presiding Justice of the RI Superior Court  Alice Gibney, leading defense lawyer Kelly Sheridan,  and RWU Law Prof Carl Bogus, author of “Why Lawsuits Are Good for America.”

Click here for the movie trailer and here for Susan’s appearance on the “Colbert Report,” and check out the pics below from the fantastic event.

Hot Coffee Screening
Don Migliori, President of RIAJ

Susan Saladoff
Hot Coffee Screening
Screening of Hot Coffee
Prof. Carl Bogus, Justice Alice Gibney, and Kelly Sheridan
Sreening of Hot Coffee
Federal Judge Ronald Lagueux

Screening of Hot Coffee
Kelly Sheridan