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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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Face Time with Justice Elena Kagan

Posted by David Logan on 05/04/2011 at 11:50 AM

photo of Justice Elena KaganIn recent years, the RWU Law community has had unparalleled access to the Supreme Court of the United States.  At the top of the list has to be the extended visit to campus of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and we look forward to a campus visit next year from Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.  We also sponsor an annual visit to the Court so that groups of our alums can be sworn into membership in the Supreme Court bar and another trip that allows 2Ls to study cases on the Court’s docket and the travel to DC to hear counsel deliver their oral arguments.  This year’s cases were Tapia v. United States (a sentencing case) and Microsoft v. i4I (patents).  As you might expect, the quality of advocacy was extremely high and as a bonus, the students got to meet afterward with Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart, who had argued for the US as amicus in the Microsoft case.  However, the highlight was a chance to spend time with Justice Elena Kagan, who by all accounts received the students and the faculty (Profs. Diana Hassel and Jared Goldstein) warmly.  Justice Kagan spoke to the students about her experience as a new justice and recalled some of the humorous moments during her confirmation hearings.  Overall she was quite accessible and interested in the students’ impressions of the arguments they had heard and the Court generally.