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Happy 20th Anniversary to the Roger Williams University School of Law

Posted by Library Blog on 08/16/2013 at 09:26 AM

Twenty-years ago on August 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law opened its doors for the first day of classes.  Our Founding Dean was Professor of Law Anthony J. Santoro.  While orientation for the incoming students was underway, Dean Santoro made the announcement of his new appointment as President of the Roger Williams College.  John E. Ryan was appointed Dean of the RWU School of Law in September, 1993.


Founding faculty still teaching at the law school are: Professors Louise Teitz (currently on a leave of absence), Bruce Kogan, and Michael Yelnosky.  Professor Teitz taught Civil Procedure while Professors Kogan and Yelnosky taught Legal Methods!


Classes were initially held in rooms on the undergraduate campus while work was completed in the interior of the law school building, including the law library.


Emeritus Professor of Law Gail Winson was the Founding Director of the law library.  Associate Law Librarian Lucinda Harrison-Cox ‘s first official day was August 15.  Instruction & Outreach/Research Librarian Nan Balliot began working at the law library reference desk in September. Collection Services Librarian Stephanie Edwards joined the law library staff October 1. More than 20% of the inaugural class worked in the law library, helping to unpack truckloads of books and prepare them for the shelves.  There were even two computer labs with dedicated Lexis and Westlaw terminals and printers!


As the Law School begins its 21st year of “Fulfilling the Promise,” the law library staff take this time to extend a warm welcome the Class of 2016 and returning students.  We hope that you will take advantage of all the services the law library has to offer so that we can help you succeed in fulfilling your dreams!


For details about the Law School’s history and upcoming celebratory events, visit the 20th-Anniversary website, Dean Logan’s Blog, and the RWU School of Law Newsroom.